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.
- 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.