Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival
Join us on Sunday, June 28th from 2:00-7:00pm for this community event for all ages. Enjoy live music, food and arts vendors, and family fun activities like tie dye, face painting, carnival games, and more! This year's lineup includes local favorite Hot Kugel, the beloved kids' band Octopretzel, klezmer from the Red Hot Chachkas, and headliner, superstar Matisyahu, unplugged. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for JCC members, and kids 17 and under are FREE!
The JCC gives a big thank you to all our Festival sponsors. This program would not have been possible without their support.
Schedule(subject to change): click here for more details and a list of activities
|2:00pm||Food, vendors, and activities open|
|2:00pm||Hot Kugel performs|
|4:15pm||Red Hot Chachkas perform|
|7:00pm||Food, vendors, and activities close|
The Grammy Award nominated artist, Matisyahu, has come a long way since 2005, when he released his breakout album, Live at Stubb’s (which reached #1 on the Reggae Albums Chart and #30 on the Billboard 200). Since then he has proven to be one of the most dynamic and creative artists in the industry today, breaking with convention at every turn and remaking his musical image with nearly every album. And his latest—Akeda (Uh-kay-duh)—is no different in this regard.
What is different is Akeda’s depth and naturalness; it is by far Matisyahu’s most personal album, and the one over which he has had the most creative control. Comparable to Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic, What’s Going On, “Akeda is the kind of album an artist makes when there is no other creative choice but to turn oneself inside-out, to scrape the insides and reveal everything raw.” . . . “Akeda breaks all the conventional rules and reveals the musician behind the recording artist.”
Though he achieved early success as a “Hasidic reggae super-star,” Matisyahu—the man and the musician—soon began to chafe under the constraints of that label and the projections that went with it. The music was continuing to evolve, and so was his spiritual identity. Reggae was just one strong influence in the sound he was seeking; and the mystical teachings of Hasidism had soaked-in to a degree that he felt the external trappings were no longer necessary. As he says on the new album, “Got it on the inside, don’t need to wear it out.”
The San Francisco Bay area Klezmer duo, "Hot Kugel", (Suska Varda and Mordecai) have been entertaining audiences since 1998. Their music is a blend of traditional Klezmer with the musical styles of old time jazz, ethnic folk, theater and American popular music, as well as blues, rock and reggae. Hot Kugel is consistently exploring the diversity of musical influences that have inspired Jewish music from the sublime to the ridiculous. The sound is a tasteful integration of traditional Yiddish, Israeli, Ladino, and other inspirational musical styles.
Octopretzel is five Bay Area musicians who all have extensive experience working with children. Four members have kids of their own, and all are educators in an array of environments including schools, afterschool programs, private lessons, and group music classes. What they teach ranges from instrument instruction to childrens' theater, from puppet making to pre-natal bellydance, from drum classes to Jewish education, and more! They have been together since 2007, and have played extensively around the Bay Area. Their intention with Octopretzel is to create music that is truly enjoyable for families...not just kids.
Their music, comprised of original songs as well as tried and true traditional favorites, is whimsical and fun, and has an underlying sensitivity for nature, feelings and story. Best described as folk music, it crosses generations and genres, weaving together styles such as bluegrass, rock and roll, lullabies and even nursery rhymes. Their shows integrate elements of many cultures such as African drumming, klezmer fiddling, middle-eastern percussion and singing styles, and songs with words in Spanish, Hebrew and even Quechua.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Red Hot Chachkas create new American klezmer from Old World roots, with their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations. Their contagious musical performances inspire and transform audiences. At concerts and dances, from Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, favorite clubs, theaters, galleries, community centers, schools, and Jewish congregations, as well as private parties and simchas ranging from orthodox to outlandish, their hot sound and uptempo beat has folks up dancing. Led by bandleader, dance leader, and classical violinist Julie Egger, the seasoned musicians draw on disparate influences and backgrounds, including soulful Barbara Speed (clarinet), balkanic Diana Strong (accordion), oldtimey Tony Phillips (mandolin), jazzy Breck Diebel (bass), and worldly Aharon Wheels Bolsta (drums). Their CD Beats Without Borders (2010) presents all original tunes composed by band members, and follows Spice It Up (2007), and Family Album (2002).