What: Biennial Music Festival featuring the best in Jewish/world music
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 9:45 – 11:00 PM
Where: Various venues in the Gaslamp District (see below for lineup and venues)
Cost: Free and open to the public
The Biennial Music Festival brings the best Jewish/World music artists (with a little stand-up comedy and spoken word poetry thrown in) to the Gaslamp Quarter for one night only, December 12, from 9:45 until 11 PM. The festival is part of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial Conference, a five day gathering of Jewish leaders from all over North America, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center from December 11-13.
The Biennial Music Festival, under the direction of producer and musician Josh Nelson, promises to be the very best place to experience many of the finest performers and composers in modern Jewish music, from an eclectic array of jazz, rock, folk, classical, pop, bluegrass, world beat and cabaret artists:
Aviva Chernick (Middle-Eastern inflected pop) and Alan Goodis (Jewish rock) —Presented by AIPAC
Quality Social - 789 6th Ave.
Rick Recht (Jewish rock) and Max Jared (eclectic singer-songwriter) —Presented by URJ Youth Programs
Old Spaghetti Factory - 275 5th Ave.
Saul Kaye (blues) and Elana Jagoda (folk-rock vocalist) —Presented by the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE)
La Fiesta - 628 5th Ave.
Mikey Pauker (folk, hip hop) and Elana Arian (folk, jazz)
Urban Bar and Grill - 827 5th Ave.
Larry Milder (folk) and Rocky Mountain Jewgrass (bluegrass)—Presented by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
Taste and Thirst 715 4th Ave.
Esteban Gottfried (world music) and Mattan Klein (jazz flute)—Presented by ARZA Canada
Operacaffe - 835 4th Ave.
Stand-up Comedy with Joel Chasnoff and Bob Alper—Presented by the World Zionist Organization (WZO)
Royal India - 329 Market St.
Spoken word and poetry with Rick Lupert and Andrew Lustig
Escape Fishbar - 738 5th Ave.