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Road trip: Yiddish fest on the Cape

Posted by James Reed  August 12, 2010 03:40 PM

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Clarinetist/mandolinist Andy Statman, whose trio plays the Yiddish Theatre and Klezmer Music Festival on August 18.

Yes, you'll have to brave some Cape-bound traffic, but the upcoming Yiddish Theatre and Klezmer Music Festival is one of New England's more distinctive and lively summer celebrations.

Presented by Payomet Performing Arts Center, the second annual fest will unfold over five days (Aug. 14-18), with 15 events happening in four towns. In addition to theater, film, and food, here are the musical highlights (after the jump):


The Western Wind: Long before a cappella groups were considered cool again, the Western Wind was building a broad repertoire that includes everything from 1950s rock and jazz to folk and avant-garde classical songs. Aug. 15, 8:15 p.m., Payomet PAC. Tickets: $20-$35.

Hip, Heymish and Hot: Eleanor Reissa will be joined by a trio of musicians in this revue of Yiddish humor and music. Aug. 16, 8:15 p.m., Payomet PAC. Tickets: $25-$35.

"Yiddle With a Fiddle": Isaiah Sheffer, who wrote the book and lyrics for this musical, will star in this production of the Jewish theater classic, accompanied by Eleanor Reissa on piano. Aug. 17, 8:15 p.m. Payomet PAC. Tickets: $25-$35.

Andy Statman Trio: The renowned clarinetist and mandolinist has been at the forefront of what's been cheekily called Jewgrass, blurring the line between klezmer and bluegrass. Aug. 18, 8:15 p.m., Payomet PAC. Tickets: $30-$40.

For tickets and a full schedule, go here or call the Payomet box office at 508-487-5400.

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