Young Israel Shul offers musical cafe featuring local talent

Saturday night, we attended a small concert performance of three different groups at a store front Shul in West Rogers Park. Young Israel of West Rogers Park Musical Café is a dynamic synagogue on the north side of Chicago, they fosters and maintains a program of spiritual, cultural, social and communal activity that advances traditional Judaism.  Among its best-known programs is a series of Musical Cafes on occasional Saturday nights, featuring a wide range of Jewish musical talent for a wide audience.

This well attended event featured three performing groups. First up was Mi Yodea, this trio of performers was started in 2009 as the embodiment of the bandleader’s long time Jewish music dream. The project has evolved since it began…into a sort of experimental Jewish music cabaret act – while remaining true to its original choice of material – covers from across the rich spectrum of secular and religious Jewish music plus some originals – tradition with twist. The trio consists of Ellie Kaplan on keyboard, with Sue Kaplan & Ann Gross on percussion.  Be sure to check them out on Facebook .

Next up was one of our favorites, The David Rosenberg Trio. This band presents a fine blend of klezmer and jazz favorites and originals. They are known for their warm sound, unusual rhythms, and creative jamming.  David Rosenberg on clarinet is joined by Snir Spinner on double bass and Matt Kanter on drums.  For more information, see The David Rosenberg Trio on Facebook and at http://therosenbergtrio.bandcamp.com.

Last up was Lev Tzion, based in Chicago. They are a diverse group of Orthodox Jews and they grew up together in Rogers Park. They have been performing at local wedding, house parties, Kumzits’s (acoustic gatherings) over the past few years. They pride themselves in bringing soulful and lively music to each performance.

Having been to this store front music café in the past, it is always a pleasure to attend performance in this intimate setting. We will give the three performances a collective four guitars.


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