David Bromberg is taking a break from the day-to-day grind (or lack thereof) of running his violin shop in Wilmington, Del., to headline this weekend's free Tucson Folk Festival downtown.
Bromberg, who will play the Plaza Stage at El Presidio Park on Saturday night, is coming to the Old Pueblo with an added drummer to his lineup and material from his most recent album, "Use Me," featuring tracks written by a selection of Bromberg's buddies, including Levon Helm, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos and Dr. John.
A Greenwich Village alum, Bromberg doesn't visit Tucson that often.
The last time he came through was in 2009, when he played the Rialto Theatre to promote his release "Try Me One More Time."
Before that, he hadn't been here since the late 1970s.
Bromberg, 67, has toured and recorded with a long list of top-tier musicians, a tally that includes Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson and John Prine.
In addition to his performance at the festival, which will take place at 9 p.m., he will teach a guitar workshop on Saturday with his bandmate, flatpicking guitarist Mark Cosgrove.
if you go
• What: Tucson Folk Festival
• Featuring: More than 120 musical acts, including headliner David Bromberg.
• When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Five different stages throughout downtown.
• Admission: Free. Visit tkma.org for more information.