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13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival Kicks Off Thursday

by Borderstan.com May 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Hadag Nahash kicks off the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival on Thursday at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. (Courtesy DC Jewish Community Center)

A variety of rhythms are coming together to celebrate the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs May 10-21. The festival will use the Washington DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW as a main stage, but also includes other local venues.

The festival will have 12 performances as well as community-organized “Shabbat in Song” events. The festival concludes May 21 with the silent film The Yellow Ticket and a special musical accompaniment composed and performed by Alicia Svigals at the Jewish Community Center. The original score has been commissioned specifically for this performance by the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Festival Highlights

  • The Israeli ensemble Hadag Nahash is at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Thursday, May 10 — fresh hip hop, rock, reggae and funk sounds.
  • On Saturday, May 12, there will be a dance party, “Balagan Boogaloo,” featuring the collaborative performance of Hasidic hip-hop artist DeScribe, Yemenite electro hip-hop DJ Diwon, Kosh Dillz, Flex Matthews and Tj Di Hitmaker. Location is Eden, 1716 I Street NW.
  • Indie pop artist Yael Meyer will be at the  at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Wednesday, May 16.
  • ShirLaLa is in charge of a family Shabbat service and dinner on Friday, May 18 at the Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW.
  • Schmekel will perform at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room in Adams Morgan on May 20 with a transgender, Jewish schtick-rock, punk band whose lyrics combine bawdy humor and critical awareness.

You can check the full listing of events at the festival website.

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