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A David Berman Celebration

Thursday January 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman; January 4, 1967 – August 7, 2019) was an American musician, singer-songwriter and poet. In 1989, he founded the indie rock band Silver Jews with Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. He was Silver Jews’ only constant member until the band dissolved in 2009. With Malkmus he developed the simple country-rock sound that characterized the early lo-fi recordings of both Pavement and Silver Jews. He worked extensively on his abstract and autobiographical lyrics. His only published volume of poetry, Actual Air, appeared in 1999. Returning to music following a hiatus, he later adopted the band name Purple Mountains and released an eponymous debut album in July 2019.

Although Berman believed his work was unappreciated, he cultivated a passionate following and is regarded as a significant and influential indie rock cult figure.


Thursday January 4
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm