Marc Berger has come a long way since spending his early music days inside internationally renowned rock venues like New York City's Knitting Factory and CBGB’s.
Whether appearing at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival, opening for Bob Dylan or appealing to the ear of Woodstock icon Richie Havens, he’s made the rounds. But with his latest album, “Ride,” the Central New York singer/songwriter—scheduled to perform with guitarist Rich DePaulo at 8 p.m. March 31 inside the 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.)—Berger takes listeners to the cinematic landscape of the American West. Influenced by author A.B. Guthrie’s collection of western-set short stories in “The Big It,” Berger called on his own desert travels to construct his newest album’s narrative.
Now, he’s touring with the critically acclaimed results. Comprised of dusty folk confessionals, characters and cuts that fall under the settings of sun-dusted panoramas, “Ride” both introduces Bergen’s abilities as a storyteller and reinforces a musical career that’s already taken him to plenty of places.
Fellow singer/songwriter Kathyrn Koch will open. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day-of (box office, ticketweb.com).