The 7th Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF7) kicks into full swing this Spring with a diverse line-up of local, national and international Jewish musicians. This year’s festival runs March 10th through March 27th and features 16 events in Jewish and public venues across the Greater Atlanta area.
From Opening Night Jazz sets by the award-winning, New York based Hadar Noiberg Trio to the inaugural Teen Battle of the Bands finale event, AJMF7 has something for everyone!
This year’s performances go far beyond the traditional Klezmer to include the exotic, spiritual music of Canadian vocalist Aviva Chernick, playful children’s songs by interfaith duo Andrew & Polly, powerful beats by funkadelic DJs FSQ Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman and Sa’d “Hourchild” Ali (nephew of George Clinton) and infectious grooves stemming from the unlikely mix of Yemenite folk music and Electronic Dance by Arab Israeli group A-WA.
“Our signature Spring Festival will once again be ‘bigger and better’ as we expand from two to three weekends and increase programming by over 50%,” noted Russell Gottschalk, founder and director of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF).
To support Jewish Atlanta’s continued growth and vitality, AJMF is establishing a regional bussing program in 2016 that will provide discounted transportation to AJMF7 events for communities outside of Atlanta and Georgia. While subsidized funds last, partnering congregations and communities will be able to travel to AJMF7 events on group busses to and from the venue, paid for by AJMF. Reach out to AJMF’s director (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
AJMF7 LINE UP:
Thurs, March 10th – OPENING NIGHT feat. Hadar Noiberg Trio
Award Winning NY based trio led by flutist and composer Hadar Noiberg.
Two Shows. 7:30pm and 9:30pm Tickets $10-$20 ALL AGES
Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hildberbrand Dr, Sandy Springs, 30328
Fri, March 11th – Jazz SHABBAT SERVICE w/ Hadar Noiberg Trio
Award winning trio joins Or Hadash’s talented house band for a unique service.
6:30pm FREE & ALL AGES
Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Sat, March 12th – JOE BUCHANAN – Americana with a Jewish Soul
Texas based, folk singer/songwriter joins local musicians to conclude Shabbat outside.
Doors 4:30pm, Music 5:00pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338
– In partnership with Temple Emanu-EL
Sun, March 13th – AJMF ALL-STARS feat. Sammy Rosenbaum @ Hunger Walk/Run
AJMF stage at Atlanta’s biggest fundraiser to support organizations fighting hunger.
Begins Noon, Walk/Run 2:00pm, See ACFB website for registration details
– In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Sun, March 13th – KLEZMER LOCAL 42
Traditional Jewish Klezmer energy returns to Beth Shalom for a night of toe-tapping fun.
Doors: 7:00pm, Music: 7:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30360
Fri, March 18th – RUACH SHABBAT feat. Beth Tikvah musicians
Beth Tikvah’s house band ushers in Shabbat with a rockin’ service.
6:30pm FREE & ALL AGES
Longtime collaborators celebrate their independently released chant CDs with a double service on Shabbat night and morning.
7:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Sat, March 19th – CHANT SHABBAT feat. Gayanne Geurin, Will Robertson & Sunmoon Pie
10:00am, FREE & ALL AGES
Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
Sat, March 19th – Andrew & Polly CHILDREN’S CONCERT
Award winning, interfaith kids’ musicians will entertain children and young families at multiple public performances.
Two Shows: 5:30pm, 7:00pm FREE & ALL AGES
Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
*Food & Drink available for purchase
Sun, March 20th – Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s PURIM FAMILY CONCERT feat. Andrew & Polly
10:00am, FREE & ALL AGES
Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338
Sun, March 20th – Soulfarm at KEHILLA FEST
The Kehilla’s annual fundraiser features American music rooted in Israeli flavor.
Doors 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm, $36 Door, Early bird and family discounts available, ALL AGES
Atlanta Jewish Academy, 5200 Northland Dr, Atlanta, GA 30342
Interfaith DJs unite to start the party at AJMF’s first ever Spring Festival EDM event.
Doors 9:00pm, Music 10:00pm, $5 Advance, $10 Door, 18+
Aisle 5, 1123 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Leaders of Jaffa Road powerfully connect to the mikvah through intoxicatingly soulful music.
Music 7:30pm, $10 ALL AGES
MACoM, 700-A Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
Fri, March 25th – THE WELL feat. Rabbi Spinrad & Sammy Rosenbaum and other local musicians
Come with spirit, leave with soul at The Temple’s monthly service.
Doors 8:00pm, Service 8:30pm, FREE for young professionals
The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St, NE, 30309
Award winning international world music artists bring the beat to this community wide Purim Party. A mesmerizing combination of traditional, Middle Eastern melodies with contemporary music genres.
Doors 8:00pm, Music 9:00pm, $20 Advance, $25 Door, 18+
Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
– Wear a costume; it’s a Purim Party!
Sun. March 27th – TEEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS
AJMF’s inaugural Teen Battle of the Bands. Teen bands wanted!
Doors 1:00pm, Music 1:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
595 North Event Center, 595 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30318
*Apply online by 1/30 to compete. http://www.atlantajmf.org/tbotb/
We’ll be ready for some FRESH Jewish music come March. Will you?