Jewish music won’t be the only thing riding into town this March for the seventh annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival: As AJMF stretches to cover a third weekend, it also will stretch across the region with a new bus service to connect communities to the festivities around Atlanta.
Headlining the 2016 edition of the festival are A-WA, three Israeli sisters who combine Yemenite folk with electronic dance music, and Jaffa Road, a Toronto group that mixes Jewish roots, jazz, Indian, Arabic, electronica and dub. They will perform at AJMF’s marquee event Saturday, March 26, a Purim party at Terminal West in West Midtown.
“Our signature Spring Festival will once again be bigger and better as we expand from two to three weekends and increase programming by over 50 percent,” said Russell Gottschalk, the festival’s founder and executive director. “We’re blessed by the incredible support of both the Jewish Atlanta and Atlanta arts communities. Backing from these communities enables AJMF to thrive while solidifying Atlanta as the Jewish cultural hub of the South.”
AJMF7 features 16 events from March 10 to 27 with a broad range of local, national and international artists.
Festivities kick off at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs with New York-based jazz group the Hadar Noiberg Trio and close with a teen battle of the bands at the 595 North Event Center (apply by Jan. 30 to compete). In between the festival brings to the stage such acts as Soulfarm, Andrew & Polly, FSQ, Joe Buchanan, and an array of local artists, including Sammy Rosenbaum and Klezmer Local 42.
Full AJMF7 LINE UP:
Thurs, March 10th – OPENING NIGHT feat. Hadar Noiberg Trio
Award Winning NY based trio led by flutist and composer Hadar Noiberg.
Two Shows. 7:30pm and 9:30pm Tickets $10-$20 ALL AGES
Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hildberbrand Dr, Sandy Springs, 30328
Fri, March 11th – Jazz SHABBAT SERVICE w/ Hadar Noiberg Trio
Award winning trio joins Or Hadash’s talented house band for a unique service.
6:30pm FREE & ALL AGES
Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Sat, March 12th – JOE BUCHANAN – Americana with a Jewish Soul
Texas based, folk singer/songwriter joins local musicians to conclude Shabbat outside.
Doors 4:30pm, Music 5:00pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338
– In partnership with Temple Emanu-EL
Sun, March 13th – AJMF ALL-STARS feat. Sammy Rosenbaum @ Hunger Walk/Run
AJMF stage at Atlanta’s biggest fundraiser to support organizations fighting hunger.
Begins Noon, Walk/Run 2:00pm, See ACFB website for registration details
– In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Sun, March 13th – KLEZMER LOCAL 42
Traditional Jewish Klezmer energy returns to Beth Shalom for a night of toe-tapping fun.
Doors: 7:00pm, Music: 7:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30360
Fri, March 18th – RUACH SHABBAT feat. Beth Tikvah musicians
Beth Tikvah’s house band ushers in Shabbat with a rockin’ service.
6:30pm FREE & ALL AGES
Longtime collaborators celebrate their independently released chant CDs with a double service on Shabbat night and morning.
7:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Sat, March 19th – KIRTAN SHABBAT feat. Gayanne Geurin, Will Robertson & Sunmoon Pie
10:00am, FREE & ALL AGES
Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
Sat, March 19th – Andrew & Polly CHILDREN’S CONCERT
Award winning, interfaith kids’ musicians will entertain children and young families at multiple public performances.
Two Shows: 5:30pm, 7:00pm FREE & ALL AGES
Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
*Food & Drink available for purchase
Sun, March 20th – Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s PURIM FAMILY CONCERT feat. Andrew & Polly
10:00am, FREE & ALL AGES
Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338
Sun, March 20th – Soulfarm at KEHILLA FEST
The Kehilla’s annual fundraiser features American music rooted in Israeli flavor.
Doors 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm, $36 Door, Early bird and family discounts available, ALL AGES
Atlanta Jewish Academy, 5200 Northland Dr, Atlanta, GA 30342
Interfaith DJs unite to start the party at AJMF’s first ever Spring Festival EDM event.
Doors 9:00pm, Music 10:00pm, $5 Advance, $10 Door, 18+
Aisle 5, 1123 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Leaders of Jaffa Road powerfully connect to the mikvah through intoxicatingly soulful music.
Music 7:30pm, $10 ALL AGES
MACoM, 700-A Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
Fri, March 25th – THE WELL feat. Rabbi Spinrad & Sammy Rosenbaum and other local musicians
Come with spirit, leave with soul at The Temple’s monthly service.
Doors 8:00pm, Service 8:30pm, FREE for young professionals
The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St, NE, 30309
Award winning international world music artists bring the beat to this community wide Purim Party. A mesmerizing combination of traditional, Middle Eastern melodies with contemporary music genres.
Doors 8:00pm, Music 9:00pm, $20 Advance, $25 Door, 18+
Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
– Wear a costume; it’s a Purim Party!
Sun. March 27th – TEEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS
AJMF’s inaugural Teen Battle of the Bands. Teen bands wanted!
Doors 1:00pm, Music 1:30pm, FREE & ALL AGES
595 North Event Center, 595 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30318
*Apply online by 1/30 to compete. http://www.atlantajmf.org/tbotb/