Concert: Balkano, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 1

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Balkano

Klezmer and Balkan music group Balkano performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.

Apr 1, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602


Concert: Golem & Environmental Encroachment, Martyrs, Saturday January 15

Golem & Environmental Encroachment

Jan 15, 2011 09:00 pm

Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from Lord of the Rings. Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band.

Young, hip widely acclaimed New York-based Klezmer/Rock band GOLEM transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock.

Fronted by Annette Ezekiel – bandleader, accordionist and singer – as well as madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin and violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, the band’s six members, all in their 20’s and 30’s, create GOLEM’s powerfully vibrant sound. With updated versions of old Yiddish tunes, Golem seduces audiences of Klezmer fans and rockers alike, and is equally at home as rock clubs, synagogues, and concert halls, from Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park to the rock clubs of the Lower East Side.

Their performance is a veritable party with a historical message – each song evokes old-world cities longed for by homesick Jewish immigrants: Odessa, Romania, Bukovina, Nikolayev, Belz and Bialystok as well as wild gypsy songs learned during travels in Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. The result is a musical romp through Eastern Europe and A snapshot of shtetl life through the filter of a much younger generation’s eyes.

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