From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
Experience a celebration of music and culture at the 14th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs Sunday, April 28, through Saturday, May 11. Hosted by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW), the festival will showcase the diversity of Jewish music through a variety of live performances at venues all around the Washington DC area.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased online, by phone (202-777-3251), or in-person at the various performance venues. Full festival passes are also available.
- Accomplished Israeli artist Noa kicks off the festival on Sunday, April 28, with a performance at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Rockville. Noa’s performance will feature songs from her newest album, “The Israeli Songbook”.
- A double bill at the Artisphere in Arlington on May 2 will showcase Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music from artist Sarah Aroeste and the Yiddish punk sensibilities of Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.
- Bring the whole family to Stead Park in Dupont Circle on Sunday, May 5 for a day of FREE outdoor concerts. WJMF in the Park will feature performances by children’s entertainer Robbie Schaefer, bluegrass fusion band Margot Leverette and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and the pop duo Stereo Sinai. Come for the music and stay for the moonbounce and face painting.
- On the evening of May 6 at the DC Jewish Community Center, catch a screening of the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” by director Doug Shultz. The film tells the story of a group Theresienstadt prisoners who found hope through their performance of Verdi’s Requiem in front of the Nazi high command.
- Don’t miss a performance by the “Prince of Kosher Gospel”, Joshua Nelson, on Thursday, May 9 at the DC Jewish Community Center.
Visit the Washington Jewish Musical Festival website for see the entire festival performance schedule.
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.