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Gig Alert: The Klezmatics

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Klezmatics
“Mermaid Avenue”
Playing at: City Winery
(155 Varick St., Soho)
Get: Tickets ($22-$28)| Directions

Since forming in 1986, New York Grammy-winning klezmer revivalists The Klezmatics have approached Jewish music from every conceivable angle: klezmer-jazz, klezmer-punk, klezmer-classical, klezmer-gospel. In 2006, the band took a swing at klezmer-folk and released Wonder Wheel. The album contains interpretations of folk-icon Woody Guthrie’s “Jewish songs,” written while Guthrie was living on Coney Island’s Mermaid Avenue in Brooklyn. The songs grew out of Guthrie’s relationship with his mother-in-law, the Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. This song, “Mermaid Avenue,” was penned in 1950, but the flavors of Brooklyn he lists to evoke his neighborhood's scrappy multi-culturalism will be familiar to outer borough foodies today: bagels and lox, chills and chop-sueys, meatballs and smokefish. Some things don’t really change. Tonight at City Winery, the Klzematics appear as part of the Oy!Hoo festival. They are joined by Joshua Nelson and the comic duo Good for the Jews.

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Comments [2]

The link was broken - we've fixed it! Our apologies.

Jan. 11 2011 12:20 PM
Kat from NYC

Is anyone else having trouble downloading this? It's not opening for me, but they usually do.

Jan. 11 2011 07:53 AM

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