Matisyahu, Kinky Friedman to Headline 15th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival
The Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) is once again bringing an eclectic blend of acclaimed musical styles to venues across the metro area. From June 1 - June 14, Jewish-inspired music from around the globe will come alive in the nation's capital through a series of cross-cultural musical performances during the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF). American reggae and alternative rock superstar Matisyahu will kick off the Festival on Sunday, June 1 with an intimate acoustic concert blending Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip-hop beatboxing sounds. Boasting arguably its most diverse line-up of talent yet, the 2014 WJMF will be a truly special celebration of music for the entire Washington area community.
"This year's line-up highlights the incredible geographic diversity of Jewish music, and features musicians who are reinventing and reinvigorating Jewish culture," said Lili Kalish Gersch, Washington Jewish Music Festival Director. "Whether you're into traditional Klezmer, the rock and reggae of Matisyahu or are deep into world music, you'll find something to love at the Festival. In addition to all the fantastic artists set to perform, we're excited about the return of popular Festival traditions including WJMF in the Park and the Big Broadway Sing-Along."
The 2nd Annual WJMF in the Park is happening Sunday, June 8, from 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Francis Field (on 25th Street between M and N Streets NW), and features the music of Parents Choice Award winners The Mama Doni Band, ska/roots/rock mash-up Josh & the Jamtones, and the raucous dance tunes of the Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble. The whole family is invited for a free day of moon-bounce jumping, face painting, games and more.
Additionally, the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., will host renowned Israeli jazz guitarist Yotam Silberstein for a unique performance of jazz, Brazilian, world music, blues and bebop on Tuesday, June 10. On the evening of Wednesday, June 11, country singer, humorist and political candidate Kinky Friedman will bring his Seeds of Change tour to the DCJCC, featuring songs from his hit albums "Live from Woodstock," "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" and more.