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The rich diversity of Jewish music comes to life for music lovers at this year’s 14th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival. Bluegrass, jazz, gospel, classical, a cappella, punk and show tunes are just some of the music styles festival goers can explore. Today, the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center announced details of its signature celebration of Jewish music from around the world, which will take place April 28 – May 11 at venues across the metro area. (via)


While the full schedule for the festival is awesome and totally worth checking out, we went ahead and decided to highlight some “BYT RECOMMENDED” picks for you and yours throughout the festival.  We’ve got everything from traditional, to weird, to GAY(!) and back again.  It’s going to be an excellent festival.  Tickets for all shows can be purchased here and if you’re curious to hear more, the WJMF put together a great Spotify playlist for your enjoyment.


Mika Karni and Kol Dodi

Wednesday, May 1, 8:00 pm @ Sixth and I
Led by Israel’s acclaimed female vocalist Mika Karni, this ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers combines traditional Jewish melodies with African rhythms and a dash of folk.

The Maccabeats

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm @ Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital

With over 10 million YouTube views and numerous television appearances, the Maccabeats aren’t your average college a cappella group. Think Glee only with 500% MORE RACHEL BERRY.

Sarah Aroeste and Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm @ Artisphere

The outsized sensuous sounds of the Sephardic tradition meet their match in the raucous balladeer-ing of Eastern Europe.

WJMF in the Park

Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am-3:00 pm @ Stead Park (1625 P Street, NW)

A day of free concerts with games and fun for all ages! Featuring performances from children’s music sensation Robbie Schaefer (of Eddie From Ohio), footstomping bluegrass fusion group Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and biblical bubblegum pop duo Stereo Sinai.

Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars’ Klezmer-Bhangra Extravaganza featuring Deep Singh

Tuesday, May 7, 7:30pm @ DCJCC (1529 16th Street NW)

Indian and Jewish music collide! Trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics joins master percussionist Deep Singh to present a new look at old traditions.

The Big Broadway Sing-Along!

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm @ DCJCC (1529 16th Street NW)

Belt like Barbra! Sing along to your favorite show tunes from Jewish Broadway (aka Broadway)–everyone from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Gershwins to Kander and Ebb, Schwartz, Sondeheim and more.