Kickin klezmer and Sephardic salsa? This isnt your bubbes Jewish music festival. Simcha! The Jewish Music Festivals 25th Anniversary Party keeps up with modern times with more than a dozen acts in a range of styles. Highlights include Marins Red Hot Chachkas and San Franciscos Glenn Hartmann and the Klezmer Playboys, each constructed of whimsical, whirlwind combos of woodwinds and aerophones; think accordion/clarinet mashups squeezing out high notes of holy glory. For those who want to participate in the jamming, check out the workshops in the arts of klezmer and Middle East percussion or the Instrument Petting Zoo. Other Jewish Music Fest events include dance-theater with Dan Plonseys Bar Mitzvah (July 8 and 11) and music with Watcha Clan and Charming Hostess (July 18).
Sun., July 11, noon, 2010