Community Music Center, 544 Capp (at 20th Street), S.F.
Performs with Klezmer Madness! on Friday, March 19, at 6 p.m.
This is a free concert
The band appears again on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), S.F. Tickets are $7-15; call 398-6449 or go to ww w.performances.org. Also on Saturday, the group will perform with Socalled at 8 p.m. at the Wheeler Auditorium, Bancroft & Telegraph, on the UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $20-25; call (510) 848-0237 or go to www.brjcc.or g
The key to Krakauer's success lies in the adventuresome makeup of his group, Klezmer Madness! , and the fresh contribution of guest collaborator DJ Socalled . The combo's instrumental configuration not only features the clarinet, accordion, upright bass, and drums of a fairly standard ensemble, but also on many songs takes the groove power to the next level with thumping electric bass, wah-wah guitar, and the hip hop cool of Socalled's beat-box and sampling artistry, which includes eerie ululating vocals on "Turntable Pounding," a postmodern appropriation of the classic tune "Dem Trisker Rebn's Chosid." Krakauer's daring hybridization of old- and new-school forms doses the dignity of the past with the vitality of the here and now.