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It’s once again time for the Washington Jewish Music Festival! To ensure that you get the most out of the amazing multi day fun fest, we have a list of the top five, not to be missed concerts/movies/etc. Sure, you could ignore our suggestions, but you’ll have way more fun if you keep them in mind.

Shuffle Concert

Saturday May 9th, 8 p.m. @ DCJCC

At  Shuffle Concert, the audience gets to decide what kind of music the band is going to play. The great thing about this concert is that if the entire crowd came together, you could basically turn it into any concert you want. It could be a Prince concert. It could be a David Bowie concert. It could be a Kanye West concert. Think big.

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ZUSHA

Sunday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m. @ DCJCC

Do you want to hear some Jewish ska? That’s a trick question because the answer is obviously YES. In case ska is not enough to pull you in, ZUSHA  also has some swing, soul, reggae, jazz, and folk influences. Some of their songs are even inspired by ancient Jewish liturgy. How cool is that?

The Big Broadway Sing-along

Monday, May 11th, 7:30 p.m. @DCJCC

Look, this is a no brainer. Who doesn’t want to belt out Broadway show tunes with a group of strangers and a live band? The answer is no one, because it’s awesome.

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El Gusto

Tuesday May 12th, 7:30 p.m. @ DCJCC

Take a break from dancing to all that live music to hear (and learn) about Chaabi music, which was performed by a group of Jews and Muslims in the city of Algiers. The band was disbanded during the 1954 Algerian Revolution, until director Safinez Bousbia brought them back together.

WJMF Day in the Park

Sunday, May 17th, 11 a.m. @ Stead Park

It’s getting to be warm and beautiful outside, so I can guarantee the WJMF Day in the Park is going to be a blast. There’s going to be all sorts of entertainment like crafts, games, and performances by The Pop Ups, Mister G, and Naomi Less. It’s gonna be great.

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