The Klezmatics at the F3


  • The Frederick Film Festival WEEKEND PASS or SATURDAY PASS gets you into this concert as well. Those passes are available for purchase HERE.
  • However, if you just want a ticket to the concert, those are available HERE.

The Frederick Film Festival is proud to announce that on the evening of Saturday, June 29,

following the early evening screening of the documentary feature film, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou–who will be in attendance at this event–the Grammy-winning Klezmatics will perform at the Weinberg Center.

Together since 1986, the Klezmatics have embraced, stretched, reworked, and redefined the type of Eastern European Jewish music for which they were named. While they are often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form and made it their own.

Their music is rooted in but is not a

strictly traditional variety of the klezmer genre. Rather it is a comfortable hybrid that appeals equally to those with no previous exposure to the music and those already familiar with it. On their Grammy-winning 2006 album Wonder Wheel, the Klezmatics set a dozen previously unsung Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, widening their stylistic base by largely diverging from klezmer.

Over the years the Klezmatics have collaborated with such brilliant artists as violinist Itzhak Perlman, signer Arlo Guthrie, poet Alan Ginsberg, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein, plus many other prominent artists working within multiple genres.

The Klezmatics have appeared on TV programs as diverse as Late Night with David Letterman and Sex and the City, and have also guested on numerous radio programs, including the BBC’s John Peel Show and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. They’ve recorded a version of the ska classic “Do the Ska (KlezSkaLypso)” on the Skatalites tribute CD Freedom Sounds and written music for the Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s Davenen. Their music was also incorporated into a new work by choreographer Twyla Tharp in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Martha Graham’s birth.

To call them a “klezmer band” is to engage in reckless understatement.

The magazine Time Out New York said of them, “the Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, they can rank among the greatest bands on the planet.”

On Saturday night, June 29th, at the Frederick Film Festival, they’ll definitely be the greatest band in the city.

The show will be preceded by a showing of the film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground introduced by director Erik Anjou who will be available for questions afterwards. Anjou spent more than four years researching, traveling, fundraising, filming, interviewing, editing, and generally becoming an extension of the band. His film is a fascinating portrait of a fascinating group of musicians.

The evening will be a big one for the Frederick Film Festival community. A great expression of the F3’s belief that great film and great music work together the same way a soundtrack and a film do. Each adding a greater dimension to the other.

If you needed another reason to get your festival passes early, THIS IS IT.

The F3 is proud (and more than a little excited) to have the Klezmatics at the festival in support of the documentary. It’s bound to be a great night of entertainment.




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