INDOORS: Concerts in the Courtyard with Odessa Klezmer Band
Due to potential inclement weather, this concert will be MOVED INDOORS.
The "Concerts In The Courtyard" series is held in the East Brunswick Municipal Courtyard, between the library and the township building. Concertgoers are advised to bring something to sit on, like beach chairs or a blanket. If there is inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the meeting rooms.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund, and through the East Brunswick Friends of the Library. This event is co-hosted by the East Brunswick Arts Commission.
The Odessa Klezmer Band, under the direction of Ed Goldberg, brings the joyous dance music of the Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) to mainstream America. The band has been in existence playing Klezmer music since 1984 celebrating the great variety and wealth of music heritage of Eastern Europe, Ladino, and Middle Eastern music, including polka and czardas!
The OKB has played numerous fairs, festivals, weddings, bar mitzvahs, concerts, and dance dates throughout the NJ-NY-PA area, including Gracie Mansion and City Hall for NYC Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, and a tour of Israel. They are regular performers at the Kutztown Folk Festival and the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball FirstEnergy stadium.
In 2011, the OKB was honored to perform a number of combined concerts with the Amir Ensemble, a Persian group, to promote Peace through Music. They also performed for the production of Gypsy Fest, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Long Branch, NJ.
The band received the 2009 Just Plain Folks second place award winner for Best Klezmer Album “Who Stole the Kishka?!”. JPF is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals that provides a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians. JustPlainFolks.org