RED HOT CHACHKAS: Wild Klezmer Fusion

Comprised of multi-talented performers on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the Red Hot Chachkas play traditional Eastern European dance tunes that swing, shake and serenade! Their music ranges from frenzied freylekhs to tranquil tantsn, and include original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations which both build on the klezmer tradition and are enriched with a variety of contemporary musical styles.

Julie Egger: violin
Tony Phillips: mandolin
Barbara Speed: clarinet
Aaron Seeman: accordion
Michael Arrow: drums
Breck Diebel: bass

“One of Northern California’s best klezmer bands—if not the best.”
—Ari Davidow,

“This California band is chameleon-like in its ability to play styles from early Eastern European string-based klezmer to all-out modern jam bands with stops along the way in Turkey, Jamaica and Appalachia.”
—Elliot Simon,

“This inventive San Francisco area band mixes up their klezmer with bits of Irish trad, reggae, avant garde jazz, blues/soul … and even bluegrass. Everything is well played and cleverly arranged. Kudos to the accordionist, saxophonist/clarinetist, and violinist who let rip with some really wild solos! Recommended for those who enjoy the progressive side of klezmer (such as The Klezmatics or New Orleans Klezmer All Stars).”
—Ken Roseman, Sing Out!

$15 admission. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show at 8:00 pm.

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