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The Klezmatics, one of the worlds leading Yiddish-American roots bands is making and promoting their new self produced CD!

To mark its silver anniversary, the band that helped bring klezmer into the 21st century is releasing Live at Town Hall, a sonic souvenir of a remarkable NYC concert. And to help promote this, the Klezmatics’ first self-produced live CD, the Grammy Award-winners are launching their very own Kickstarter campaign. Your generous donation will enable them to cover post-production costs and hire a radio promoter and media publicist to bring the recording not only to those who already love the Klezmatics and klezmer, but also to those who are entirely new to the music.

Since 1986, the Yiddish-American roots band the Klezmatics has spearheaded the popular revival of a tradition that once flourished at Jewish weddings and other joyous occasions in the shtetls and cities of Eastern Europe. They have performed in more than twenty countries and have released ten cds - of which Live at Town Hall, made in conjunction with the recent documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, is the newest.

The double cd captures the Klezmatics’ milestone sold-out concert at the storied New York venue. The band rips through a career-spanning setlist, assisted by a star-studded roster of special guests including two of the band’s former clarinetists, David Krakauer and Margot Leverett and recent vocal collaborators Susan McKeown and Joshua Nelson. The audience is treated to a musical journey, traveling from the band’s earliest days (“Dzhankoye,” “Fun tashlikh”) through newly-composed songs featuring the lyrics of folk troubadour Woody Guthrie. The event was a real Klezmatics hometown party: a celebration of community, music and love, past, present and future.

With your help we can spread the word and the joy... Lomir ale freylekh zayn!

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    Digital download of "Live at Town Hall" double CD

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    "Live at Town Hall" CD.

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    Signed "Live at Town Hall" CD + another CD from back catalogue .

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    Klezmatics poster + Signed "Live at Town Hall" CD.

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    Klezmatics T-shirt + Signed "Live at Town Hall" CD. We will be in touch on your size and options.

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    Klezmatics t-shirt + Erica's rugelach w/ signed "Live at Town Hall" CD. Erica is an old friend of the Klezmatics and is famous at numerous NYC establishments for her rugelach, the quintessentiall Jewish pastry! http://www.ericasrugelach.com

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    David Zimbalist photograph + Klezmatics t-shirt + signed "Live at Town Hall" CD. David is an old friend of the Klezmatics and takes fantastic and wonderfully abstract photographs - real modern art! http://davidzimbalist.zenfolio.com

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    Personalized Klezmatics t-shirt (ragpicker), by Tine Kindermann + signed "Live at Town Hall" CD. Tine, Franks wife, deconstructs a Klezmatics t-shirt creating an original wearable composite "art shirt"! - a real collector's item! http://www.tinekindermann.com

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    Two tickets to CD release show (East Coast or on our December west coast tour) w/ back-stage schmooze + two signed CDs + two t-shirts. (Check website for specifics on dates and venues!) Sep 13, Regatta Bar, Boston - Sep 14, Highline Ballroom, NYC - Sep 18, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia - --------- Dec 11, Jackson Hole WY - Dec 15, Berkeley, CA - Dec 18, San Diego, CA - Dec 19, Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA -= Dec 21 Olympia WA.

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    Original "Wonder Wheel" cover artwork by Steve Keene + signed "Live at Town Hall" CD + our grammy winning "Wonder Wheel" CD! (Click on Wonder Wheel cover image at very bottom of page to get a look! - Art work is limited...) Steve Keene (http://stevekeene.com), is an American artist who believes in mass producing hand painted works of art for the masses. He was called the "Assembly-Line Picasso" by Time magazine. He has worked with music acts like Silver Jews, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, Dave Matthews Band, and The Klezmatics - for music album covers, video sets, stage sets and promotional posters.

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    Lisa coming to your house to sizzle liver by her Aunts' coveted recipe and to fiddle in your kitchen - see video! (NYC metro area only)

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    Lorin, the band's resident foody, comes to your house to bake some fantastic dishes - see video! (NYC metro area only)

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    Private Klezmatics concert at your house (NYC metro area only - or possibly while on west coast tour, time permitting). Klezmatics will come to your home and play (a mostly acoustic) concert for you and your friends! (see the $400 pledge details for tour schedule and contact the band, klezmatics.com, if interested outside the NYC metro area!)

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