Acclaimed klezmer gypsy-rock band Mostly Kosher has been described as delivering a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of jazz, Latin, rock, and folk. The Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore will welcome their radically reconstructed Judaic and American cultural music, filled with what have been called “ravishing klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains,” on the first night of Hanukkah, 7:30 pm December 23, 2019. All seats are just $40 with $20 tickets available for students up to 21 and all military.
Led by frontman Leeav Sofer, one of Jewish Journal’s "30 under 30” most accomplished professionals in the Los Angeles Jewish diaspora, Mostly Kosher includes violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, trombonist Mike King, and Will Brahm on guitar, with guest artists Aníbal Seminario and Anderson Quintero.
The music of the Jewish people from Eastern Europe, Klezmer grew to popularity in the 1800s and has enjoyed an American resurgence in recent decades. As Markham said in an interview last year, Mostly Kosher fits comfortably under the World Music tent. “Jews have lived all over the globe. Our music is far from a one-size-fits-all,” she said. “But the common denominator is that it comes from the core of the Jewish cultural heritage, we just pick it up from whatever country of origin we find it, and then drive it to a whole new destination.”
The band has appeared extensively in Southern California and their performances at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion were broadcast live in 2015 and 2017. Mostly Kosher was the first Jewish music ensemble to perform during the Festival of Holidays at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, and then at Epcot Center in Florida. The first track off their debut album, Ikh Hob Dikh Tsufil Lib (I Love You Much Too Much), was one of World Music Network’s Top 6 Songs of 2014.
For tickets, call 925-373-6800 or visit www.lvpac.org