As we are now within the officially-recognized holiday season, one expects to find notices about Christmas concerts featuring bluegrass and acoustic music. It was something of a surprise, though a most pleasant one, to see news of a show scheduled next Tuesday (12/4) on the Millenium Stage of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
The Center will present a concert for the first night of Hanakuh featuring The Sinai Mountain Boys, from Silver Spring, MD. The band is composed of four Orthodox Jewish pickers who mix bluegrass with Hassidic and Jewish music for a melange they lovingly call Jewgrass.
Members include Gary Goodman on banjo, Michael Singer on bass, Robbie Zev Ludwick on mandolin, and Yoni Tyberg on guitar. You can hear audio samples of their music, and a couple of live performance videos on the band’s web site.
The Hanakuh show on 12/4 is co-presented by The Kennedy Center and the DC Jewish Community Center, and begins at 6:00 p.m. There is no charge for the concert, and it will also be streamed live over the Internet from the Millennium Stage web site. Should you miss the show, look for the video in the archives within a day or so of the concert.