Above: After months of construction delays and relocated concerts, David Broza was one of the first musicians to perform at Ponce City Market’s City Winery Atlanta.
“I think I’ve been to Atlanta more over the past few months than I’ve been to Jerusalem,” Broza laughingly told the crowd at the start of his performance.
The 60-year-old musician last visited Atlanta in April for the City Winery Freedom Seder and before that for two showings of his film “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in January, but this was his first dedicated performance in Atlanta in more than a year.
To shake things up for the crowd at City Winery, Broza took the opportunity to put a new spin on his performance and experimented with an all-request show.
People arriving at the venue were given two lists and a request card with two blank spaces. The first list was made up of songs that have influenced Broza in his career, and the second contained his original tunes.
Broza started the first set with a cover of “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens and ran through an eclectic list of requested covers that included “The Boxer,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Your Song,” “Love the One You’re With,” and a rousing, countrified version of James Taylor’s “Bartender’s Blues.”
After a short break, his second set consisted of such classic tunes as “Haifa,” “Bedouin Love Song” and “Ze Hakol O Klum (It’s All or Nothing)” and concluded with his two most requested songs of the evening, “Yihye Tov (Things Will Get Better)” and “Mitachat Lashamayim (Under the Stars).”
WATCH: David Broza at City Winery Atlanta