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Klezmer Playboys, KlezX, Berkeley, CA, Jul 21

Two great bands will be playing an early show on Saturday, July 21 in Berkeley. Don't miss Glenn Hartman's Klezmer Playboys and Bay Area favorites Klez-X. Both group are taking part the monthly BREW. There will be good people, great musicians, and tasty beer and wine. At the JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

For more information or to buy tickets ($10-12): www.jcceastbay.org

The bands:
Glenn Hartman, front man for the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars"—a group heralded by the Village Voice as, "easily the funniest and wildest of the klezmer new wave"—brings the animated energy of his new group, the Klezmer Playboys to the JCC. The band infuses traditional klezmer melodies with a plus-sized dose of funk and rock 'n' roll, creating a potent musical concoction sure to leave you reeling!

I'll let the quotes speak for themselves:
"This extraordinary group has absolutely captivated my imagination, knocked my socks off—what more can I say?" —Michael Tilson Thomas

"Hoffman tweaks the secular party music of Ashkenazi Jewry and Yiddish theater with a dose of jazz improvisation." —Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

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