Temple Shalom to Bring Five Bands in for KlezmerFest

Temple Shalom has announced that five groups will perform at KlezmerFest 2011, where Klezmer meets Bluegrass and more.

This eclectic showcase of Klezmer music will feature nationally known Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys performing at Louisville’s outdoor Iroquois Amphitheater on Sunday, May 15, beginning at 1 p.m.

Using a fusion of Klezmer and Bluegrass, Leverett and her band enjoy a national following.


Klezmer music was first played at weddings and other happy occasions by 19th century musicians in Eastern Europe. But KlezmerFest 2011 definitely won’t be your great-grandfather’s Klezmer.

The festival will also feature Cincinnati Klezmer Project, Java Jews, Lost Tribe and River City Klezmer Band. Guest artists will include Cantor David Lipp of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Cantor Sharon Hordes of Congregation Keneseth Israel and Rabbi Gaylia Rooks of The Temple Congregation. They will perform lively dance and instrumental tunes, showcasing the deep musical repertoire of Klezmer music.

KlezmerFest host Temple Shalom invites people from across the region to enjoy Klezmer with a twist of Southern hospitality.
Tickets are $15 each in advance for adults or $18 at the door, and $10 for students. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Purchase tickets at www.klezmerfest.org after April 1. Parking at Iroquois Park is free. Directions can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/IroquoisAmphitheater/directions.htm.

More information can be found at www.klezmerfest.org, Louisville Klezmerfest on Facebook, and @klezmerfest on Twitter.

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