The 2023 Boulder Jewish Festival has announced its musical lineup! Scheduled for Sunday, June 4 (11 am – 5 pm) on Pearl Street Mall in front of the Court House, this event is free and open to everyone.
“One exciting change for 2023”, says Festival Director Joy Alice Eisenhauer, “is the location of the entertainment stage. We decided to move it from the Courthouse lawn to the bricks on Pearl Street to bring attention to the excellent arrangement of stellar local and international musicians performing at the festival this year!”
We are pleased to announce that the headliner for the festival is Gili Yalo, one of the most intriguing musicians in the music scene in Israel. Gili combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic and jazz music. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic. Gili and his band will be in Boulder with the support of an Israel engagement grant from JewishColorado in honor of Israel’s 75th birthday.
Mark Megibow has been beat-boxing as the “vocal drummer” for FACE, the all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado. Join Mark as our MC for the Boulder Jewish Festival 2023.
Enjoy family entertainment with Cowboy Hersh, the singing cowboy known locally as Hal Aqua. Armed with a variety of instruments, an irreverent sense of humor, and a genuine rapport with children, the Hersh-Man will have the crowd singing along and whooping with delight.
Crowd entertainment will be provided by the musical stylings of Micha’el Miller for a blend of Jewish melodies and electrifying Rock n’ Roll. Former Music Director of Congregation Bonai Shalom, Micha’el Miller, is Boulder’s finest Jewish community musician.
Linda Salvay will bring the spirit of Jewish music’s many moods, meanings, and genres through her repertoire, spanning from Israeli and Yiddish folk songs to contemporary worship settings and original compositions.
Rabbi Joe Black is known for his guitar virtuosity, soaring voice, and lyrics that are simultaneously funny, inspirational, and thought-provoking. In addition to being Senior Rabbi at Denver’s Temple Emanuel, he is a professional musician who has been releasing original tunes for the past forty years.
Greg Schocket & Little America entertained audiences at the Boulder Jewish Film Festival in November 2022 and we have brought them back to get your feet stomping and everyone dancing with the stylings of country, swing, bluegrass, and folk.
Gora Gora Orkestar featuring Eitan Kantor will bring the sounds of the Balkans to the Rockies with a high energy performance. This ten piece brass band is dedicated to making the audience dance with its infectious rhythm and feel-good music. Their sound is an eclectic mix, blending Old World melodies of Eastern European folk, with the backbeat of American funk, and the sultry sway of South American tango into a genre that they have coined “Brass-Hop”.
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