Café Shalom at the Temple Ahavat Achim
Kathy Chapman Video-
Klezwoods, Gloucester, MA November 2012
I made it to the Temple Ahavat Achim (just around the block from where I live) on Saturday for their “Café Shalom”. I am so glad I did – I kept saying “wow!” to myself for about half an hour after the music was over!
The first band was “The Blueberries”, consisting of Fozzie Hill, Dave Brown, and Wolf Giandes. Great folk/blues vocals and guitar!
Then came Klezwoods, a Boston klezmer band (whose leader, Joseph Kessler, is a Gloucester local). They play a sort of fusion of traditional klezmer with jazz and other middle-eastern music. I had no idea what this would be like. Although I expected it to be good, I was still blown away! They play with fantastic energy and skill. I bought their CD without hesitation about half-way through their set.
Another Café Shalom is scheduled for January 12, 2013. I don’t have the name of the band(s) that will play, but there will be an announcement on GMG before the event.