Folks, tickets for our benefit concert with the Klezmatics have been selling like latkes. But we still have a few left, and would love to celebrate with you on Thursday, May 8th, 6-8pm at the historic Cafe Wha.
I’ve been a fan of the Klezmatics since back in the day, and still can’t really describe them. Their music comes from the Jewish Klezmer tradition (check out their albums Jews with Horns and Rhythm & Jews), but that’s just their starting point. They mash it up with blues, rock, Balkan brass, Latin, folk, rock, and more. They won a Grammy for their amazing Woody Guthrie tribute album, Wonder Wheel. They are New York City personified – a raucous cultural mishmash that somehow manages to produce great harmony.
I’m still hoping we’ll get a hip hop album out of them entitled Challah at Yo Boy. (You’re welcome, Klezmatics.)
Oh, let’s not forget the venue — Cafe Wha, the West Village landmark that launched Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix and many more.
The Klezmatics and the Wha are donating their talent and space to help build peace in New York City. Every scheckel we bring in from this event will go directly toward helping thousands of New Yorkers resolve their differences peacefully creatively, and durably.