Arts & Culture

Did I Miss the “National Jewish Music Fest Month” Memo?

Maybe I’m just making this up, but there seem to be a lot of Jewish music festivals coming up in the coming weeks.  The most exciting would have to be the first Boston Music Festival taking place this weekend in … Read More

By / March 5, 2010

Maybe I’m just making this up, but there seem to be a lot of Jewish music festivals coming up in the coming weeks.  The most exciting would have to be the first Boston Music Festival taking place this weekend in Bean Town, begining this Saturday, and running through March 14th.  A Jewish music fest of this sort, taking over one of our countries most historic cities was inevitable, but long overdue. As the Boston Globe’s Joan Anderman points out: "Jewish youth culture has surged over the last decade with the launch of Heeb and Tablet magazines, JDub Records, and the wildly popular Hasidic rapper Matisyahu, and the BJMF aims to draw provocative connections between new and old with creative programming. The festival’s opening night, at Berklee Performance Center, features a 30th-anniversary performance by the Klezmer Conservatory Band (joined by original members Don Byron and Judy Bressler) along with Golem, a young New York band that infuses the form with irrepressible wit and punk-rock vigor." For those of you on the West Coast who need a fix, have no fear, because at the end of the month the San Francisco-based Jewish Music Festival will be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary starting on the 14th, which coincidentally is the day the Boston fest ends.  So if you have a jonesin for some Jewish music, and have an endless supply of money or a bunch of leftover frequent flyer miles, March is your month to shine.