AMHERST, Mass. – This July the Yiddish Book Center will bring the top names in klezmer to the stage for “Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.”
The lineup includes Socalled, the Michael Winograd Trio, Hankus Netsky & Hebrew National Salvage, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa, and the Grammy award-winning Klezmatics. The bands will take to the stage for back-to-back concerts July 14 and 15 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.
“Yidstock offers a rare opportunity over the course of two days for festival goers to take in performances by several generations of the most accomplished and influential klezmer musicians, including those who revived the music in the 1980s, those who made it blossom in the klezmer renaissance of the 1990s, and those who are blazing new trails
well into the 21st century,” says Seth Rogovoy, author of “The Essential Klezmer” who will deliver a talk at the festival. “In addition, several of the ensembles slated to perform share musicians among them, making the weekend-long festival a kind of extended jam session.”
In addition to two days of live concerts, the festival will also include a mini film festival, a klezmer brunch with the Brian Bender Duo, and a klezmer instrumental workshop.
Tickets for individual events, all-inclusive Yidstock Festival Passes, and group packages may be purchased online at yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock or by phone at (413) 256-4900.
In collaboration with “Yidstock,” the Yiddish Book Center will present events in partnership with the Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Mass.: “New Riffs on Everyone’s Favorite Yiddish Story” with Aaron Lansky, founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center, Sunday, July 8, 3 p.m.; and “Fiddler Off the Roof: A Klezmer Event” with Golem and Seth Rogovoy, Monday, July 9, 7 p.m.