Pharaoh's Daughter stripped down, with Chana Rothman opening
Sunday, October 12th 8p.m. $18
A fall show on Sunday night at the lovely, intimate, great food venue:
Club Helsinki in Great Barrington.
20 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA
So those, with summer/fall homes in tanglewood, Great Barrington, Connecticut, or enroute to sukkahfest, or in MA for Columbus day wekeend, or who just want to take a 3 hours drive to see the leaves change, would love to see you!
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., September 29th, 2008) -- Pharaoh's Daughter and Chana Rothman, two of the most creative and innovative artists in contemporary Jewish music perform at Club Helsinki on Sunday, October 12, at 8, joining forces for a night of spiritual rock and world music to celebrate the upcoming Sukkot Holiday.
Basya Schecter's band Pharaoh's Daughter blends a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality. Schechter leads her band through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Her sound has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.
Chana Rothman's bilingual, bohemian tunes, born of her native Canada, Himalayan trekking, adventures in Israel, and the New York City subways, have earned a growing pile of accolades. New York Times called her recent River-to-River Festival concert "worth checking out" and The Jewish Week gave her debut cd, We Can Rise (Oyhoo Records), four stars. Popsyndicate.com calls her music "Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell,"
Basya Schecter and Chana Rothman Will appear at Club Helsinki on Sunday, October 12 at 8. Tickets are $18 and are available at the club (284 Main Street, Great Barrington), by calling (413) 528 - 3394 or online at www.clubhelsinkiweb.com.
"Fall brings one of my favorite harvest holidays: Sukkot," says Chana Rothman, a roots-reggae-inspired singer/songwriter whom popsyndicate calls 'Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell.'
"Sukkot is the ultimate chill-out holiday," Rothman continues, "it's a seven-day festival where we're basically supposed to sit, eat, sleep, sing, and congregate in little huts – you know, get back to basics. You need to be able to see the stars through the roof of the hut. I absolutely love being in the Berkshires for this holiday. It's the best."
Sukkot has also become an ingathering of sorts, according to Rothman. Connecticut's Falls Village, home to eco-retreat centers Isabella Freedman and Elat Chayyim, yields a crop of revelers who plan to take a break from their organic farming and environmental educating to caravan to the Sunday October 12 show. "It's a perfect way to kick off the holiday," raves one eco-farm dweller, "two of my favorite NYC bands, up here. Awesome." Rothman and Schechter, each bringing a scaled-down acoustic version of their bands, are thrilled to mark this holiday with a special intimate show
Rothman and Schecter's Pharaoh's Daughter, whose combined accolades range from NPR to National Geographic to jewschool.com to the New York Times, team up together with the shared goal of providing a range of spiritual rock, acoustic reggae, spoken word, and global consciousness. "Let's kick it off right," they agree, "and maybe this year we'll really get back to our roots."