Marc Silber at the Shelter

By Jon Sievert

“Marc Silber belongs to a small group of musicians who not only know the roots of American popular music but also can make it their own. His music is never imitation but always original and entertaining and true to the many genres of American ‘folk’ and popular music. He is a true gem in the long tradition of the wandering troubadour who always manages to lighten your load and tell you something you already knew.”

Marc Silber
Fri, Apr 5, 7pm
Shelter Theater VG4
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos

–Country Joe McDonald

For nearly five decades, guitarist and songster Marc Silber has been known as a “musician’s musician” by an elite circle of players. His anonymity to the world at large has everything to do with the fact that he has done little public performing and recorded only in the last few years with no publicity machine. Now, in his early 70s, and at the urging of some of his well-known friends, he has launched a performing career and brings his talent to the Shelter Theater on Thursday, April 4, as part of the venue’s Americana Series.

Silber’s music is deeply informed by the blues but extends to the whole of American roots music that has become known as Americana. His shows include elements of blues, country, bluegrass, and old-time music mixed into a seamless blend. His performances echo those of the early masters who connected intimately with their audience and seldom played a song the same way twice. His life experiences infuse his music with wisdom, humor and soul. Silber has been called “a direct descendent of American music as practiced by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and one of the few remaining links to bluesmen such as Son House, Bukka White, and the Reverend Gary Davis.”

This is not Silber’s first performance in San Miguel. In 2005, and again in 2011, he appeared as an opening act and as a band member for blues/jazz diva Maria Muldaur, who prizes his talents.

“There are thousands of guys out there busily learning all the right riffs and playing all the right notes,” she says, “but in the end, that ain’t what the Blues is all about, and they don’t move me one bit! The Blues is a feeling, and Marc totally gets that, which is why I love his music so much! His spare elemental guitar style incorporates all the best elements of American Roots Music, creates a deep groove, and is soulful and funky to the bone! The same could be said of his raw, expressive, yet understated vocals! I just love his rough-hewn voice! Though he is deeply informed and inspired by the best American Roots artists and their music, he never just slavishly imitates the work of the old masters. Marc always creatively and authentically expresses himself in a fresh and honest way, while still evoking the best of our traditional musical heritage.”

Tickets are 120 pesos and are available at La Biblioteca or by calling the Shelter Theater for reservations at 154-7524.

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