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David Grisman (courtesy photo)
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David Grisman brings his distinctive “Dawg” bluegrass to South Florida

Bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman is bringing his distinctive blend of musical styles to South Florida.

Grisman will perform his unique “Dawg” music as part of the Spring Cultural Art Series, hosted by the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie on Saturday.

With him, as announced by Crossover Touring, will be Keith Little on five-string banjo, guitar, and vocals, Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle and Samson Grisman on bass. Billy Strings will be making a special guest appearance playing his “soulful folk music” on guitar.

By Collin Simpson
South Florida News Service
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Following a bomb threat Monday that resulted in the evacuation of the facility, officials said extra precautions have been put in place. The threat, later determined to be a hoax, was one of many recent anti-Semitic actions nationwide targeting Jewish community centers, synagogues and cemeteries.

“Our campus has security protocols and a comprehensive security plan in place that are continuously reviewed and updated,” said Nancy Stearn, the center’s spokeswoman. “Our security personnel and executive staff confer frequently with local and federal law enforcement agencies.”

The center’s Adult Programs Committee did much of the heavy lifting in organizing the performance.

“David Grisman is probably the world’s best mandolin player,” said Neil Reisner, a member of the committee and a journalism professor at Florida International University. “He’s renowned worldwide. We’re bringing him here because we want to turn Posnack Jewish Community into a name venue for hearing music in Broward County, and he just makes really good music.”

As stated on Grisman’s website, the New Jersey native has been playing the mandolin since he was a teen. He studied with Ralph Rinzler, a renowned mandolin player, folksinger, and the co-founder of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual event occurring each summer on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

According to a news release about the event, the musician is viewed as “a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustical music.”

He has composed and played music with Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. It was Garcia who dubbed Grisman “Dawg” in 1973.

Through the years, Grisman has immersed himself in a variety of musical genres including jazz, classical, and pop. His music is a blend of jazz, bluegrass, folk, klezmer, jam band, and Old World Mediterranean string band music.

“His music speaks to a wide range of musical tastes and ages which is why we thought he was a great fit with our community,” said Stearn.

General admission for the event is $60 in advance and $72 at the door. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the concert at 5850 S. Pine Island Rd. in Davie begins at 8:30 p.m.

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