March 21, 2009

Berkeley Jewish Music Fest: Kosher Gospel, 21 Mar 2009

Joshua Nelson24th JMF OPENING NIGHT:
KOSHER GOSPEL featuring Joshua Nelson & Special Guests, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
$24 Students/Seniors/JCC Members
$28 General
Tickets available online

Grammy-nominated Joshua Nelson sings with a voice that recalls Mahalia Jackson and counts Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou among his biggest fans. He has sung with Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, and The Klezmatics. This extraordinary "Prince of Kosher Gospel" combines African-American spiritual styles with Jewish liturgical music. Special guests, the renowned, 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, directed by Terrance Kelly, open the evening.

Co-sponsored by Forest Creatures Entertainment and Leonard Kurz in memory of Ursula Sherman
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March 13, 2010

The Klezmatics, Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA, 13 March, 2010

band photoWorld Music/CRASHarts is also excited to present the Klezmatics with special guest Joshua Nelson in “Brother Moses Smote the Water” on Saturday, March 13th, 8pm at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $28. For tickets and information, call World Music/CRASHarts at 617.876.4275 or visit

The Grammy Award–winning Klezmatics and African-American Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson team up to create a vibrant, rousing live performance just in time for Passover. Brother Moses Smote the Water features age-old Hebrew Passover songs, Nelson’s own brand of “kosher gospel” and traditional Yiddish Klezmatics anthems.

January 11, 2011

"Good for the Jews," Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson, 11 Jan, 2011

clueless attempt at 'Jewish' humorGood For The Jews: Jewish music for people who don't like Jewish music. No songs about dreidels. And no Israeli folk-dancing.

We're proud to announce that Good For The Jews will be playing our first NYC show in more than a year, with The Klezmatics and Joshua Nelson, on January 11, 2011.

Tickets are priced at $22 to $28. But because you're on the KlezmerShack calendar, you don't have to pay retail. Click on this link to buy tickets for only $15.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
City Winery
155 Varick Street (between Spring and Vandam Streets)
Showtime 8 pm
Club phone number, (212) 608-0555

October 6, 2012

Kugelplex, Berkeley, CA, 6 October 2012

Kugelplex Saturday, October 6th, klezmer band Kugelplex and 55-member Oakland Interfaith Gospel choir will present the premiere performance of "Hungarian Gospel Suite," a collection of traditional American gospel songs set to original music inspired by Transylvanian Romany dance music. Written by Kugelplex's Dan Cantrell, accompanied by klezmer ensemble, and sung by the award-winning choir, the Suite brings together two ethnically diverse and geographically removed cultures in a unique blend of gospel and klezmer.

Place: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
Tickets: $20.50 advance / $22.50 at door

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March 1, 2013

Josh Nelson Warehouse Shabbat, Cambridge, MA, 1 March 2013

Boston Jewish Music FestivalA Boston Jewish Music Festival presentation

Josh Nelson Warehouse Shabbat
Cambridge 6:30 PM

A unique, multi-media/musical young adult Shabbat-with snacks, psirits and spirit-by one of today's top Jewish performers.

May 9, 2013

Joshua Nelson, Washington Jewish Music Fest, Washington, DC, 9 May, 2013

Joshua Nelson

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
$30, $25 Discounted Member, Student, Senior

Joshua Nelson was inspired to become a gospel singer after he heard an album by gospel superstar Mahalia Jackson when he was just eight years old.

More info, video, tix:

September 9, 2014

Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson @ Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, 9 Sep 2014

imagesThe Klezmatics

Tuesday, September 9th at 11:30pm
David's Tower
Old City, Jerusalem

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September 10, 2014

Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson @ Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, 10 Sep 2014

imagesThe Klezmatics

Tuesday, September 10th at 11:30pm
David's Tower
Old City, Jerusalem

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September 17, 2014

Afro-Semitic Experience, Hamden, CT, 17 Sep 2014

publicity photoThe Afro-Semitic Experience

Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 7pm
The Outer Space
295 Treadwell St.
Hamden, CT

Ten years ago the Afro-Semitic Experience recorded a CD, The Days of Awe, that is still one of our most popular and best selling. The rehearsals and the performances to get ready for those recording sessions helped to shape us as a band and it was really a watershed period for us. Most of the music on the album were arrangements based upon my transcriptions of cantorial pieces by the legendary Yossele Rosenblatt.

We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of that CD on Wednesday, September 17 with a performance at the Outer Space in Hamden, CT. We’ll play the music from that CD plus some music from our newest recording, Jazz Souls on Fire.

That evening we will also celebrate the birthday of our percussionist, Abu Alvin Carter, Sr. who will turn 73 the very next day.

Music begins at 7 pm and we’ll play till about 9 pm or so. There is no admission charge, but we will be passing the hat and selling CDs.

The Outer Space is located at 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden, CT. For more information the web site for the Outer Space is

This should be a memorable night of music and I hope you can make it,

David Chevan
The Afro-Semitic Experience

December 17, 2014

Book of J, San Francisco, CA, 17 Dec 2014

Book of J Wednesday, December 17, 7:30pm Canessa Gallery 708 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA $10-$15 sliding scale, buy here If you are interested in where old-time religion meets radical politics, Book of J is for you. We do songs that started life in Black and White religious communities and were later adopted by organizers for racial, economic and social justice. In the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, the songs ask for devotion and righteousness and offer power beyond what one still small voice can effect. Expect angels and demons, workers and bosses, hard times resolved and destiny fulfilled. Also singing along is good. Book of J is Jewlia and Jeremiah Lockwood (Sway Machinery).

January 18, 2015

Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson, Baltimore, MD, 18 Jan 2015

new album coverKlezmatics with Joshua Nelson in
Brother Moses Smote the Water

Sunday, January 18, 7pm
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tix: $30 advance / $34 door
Purchase tix online

Celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with a diverse group of dynamic performers who breathe new life into songs from both Jewish and African-American heritage. The Klezmatics, known for their dynamic re-imagining of Klezmer, join with Joshua Nelson, an African-American Jew known as the "Prince of Kosher Gospel." Brother Moses Smote the Water is a cross-cultural celebration of freedom songs from the Jewish and African American traditions, illustrating the spiritual common ground of both traditions and weaving a musical story of inspiration and social action. Special guests will be Baltimore's Bethel AME Church Outreach of Love Gospel Choir. This exciting collaboration will leave you inspired by Dr. King's vision of a unified community.

April 23, 2015

Joshua Nelson, San Rafael, CA, 23 Apr 2015


Thurs, Apr. 23, 7:30pm
Osher Marin JCC
200 N San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA

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The Prince of Kosher Gospel returns to the JCC for another high-energy captivating performance. Joshua brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality through Kosher gospel, a marriage of Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of American gospel music.
For Joshua Nelson, kosher gospel is a way to claim both parts of his identity as a Black Jew. Kosher gospel has been able to retain the same musical cultures of Black African Muslims and Jews with that soul-inflected vocalizations which filled the Black Hebrew synagogue Joshua attended as a child with his family, observant Jews who traced their lineage back to Senegal.
Come join us as we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut as a community.

This event is made possible by support from: The Brotman Family, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Congregation Kol Shofar and Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund

March 21, 2017

28 Project Manna Concert, Newton, MA, 21 Mar 2017

Come join us for The 28th Project Manna Concert, A celebration of Gospel and Jewish Music.

March 21st, 7:00pm
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St,
Newton MA

tel: 617-558-8100

$20 Adults
$15 Students/Seniors
More info/tix

All proceeds support the church's Project Manna hot meals program and food pantry to benefit the homeless and hungry.

Presented by Temple Emanuel of Newton and The Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church