#Music: Back by popular demand: Dan Bern

#Music: Back by popular demand: Dan Bern

Back for his third concert in three years, Dan Bern, a prolific songwriter and outstanding performer, will appear at the ICE Amphitheater in Islamorada Founders Park, MM 87. The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“There’s a reason why those who have seen Dan Bern perform once want to see him perform again – he is an amazing and entertaining talent,” said David Feder, president of ICE, a nonprofit group that organizes entertainment in the Upper Keys to benefit student arts scholarships. “He’s a modern day cross between Bob Dylan and the great folk singer Woody Guthrie. Bern is witty, irreverent and monumentally insightful.”

Since releasing his first album in 1997, Bern has built a strong underground following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. Bern has appeared everywhere from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall. Since 2007, Bern has focused much of his talent and sharp wit on writing songs for movies and other projects. He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and also composed songs that are included in the Judd Apatow film “Get Him to the Greek.”

A true Renaissance man, Dan Bern comes with an eclectic blend of talents and accomplishments. In addition to countless songs, he has written several books of short stories, plus a full-length novel — “Quitting Science.” He was an award-winning sports columnist and a tennis pro who taught tennis to the late Wilt Chamberlain.

Admission for the Bern concert is $10 for everyone 18 and older, $5 for students, and free for those 12 and under. For more information, go to the ICE website: keysice.com.

ICE is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality entertainment and cultural events to Upper Keys residents. Proceeds from ICE events provide music, dance, and arts scholarships to local students and grants to school programs. To date ICE has awarded more than $300,000 in grants and scholarships.

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