The seventh Atlanta Jewish Music Festival emerged from the darkness of a long, wet winter to open with the lightness of Hadar Noiberg’s flute at Steve’s Live Music and continue through the flame of the Havdalah candle, held by Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Scott Colbert, and the heat of Joe Buchanan’s Texas guitar soul as feared rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm or the crowds for the varied Jewish music. The festival continues into its second weekend with spiritual music and chanting at three Shabbat services, offers to chances to hear children’s performers Andrew & Polly, and rocks back toward the workweek with KehillaFest.

AJMF7 Opening Weekend Highlights

The seventh Atlanta Jewish Music Festival kicked off Thursday night, March 10, with two performances by Israeli jazz flutist Hadar Noiberg at Steve’s Live Music. The festivities continued with Noiberg participating in a jazz service March 11 at Congregation Or Hadash, Americana artist Joe Buchanan performing for Havdalah at Temple Emanu-El on March 12, the AJMF All-Stars providing entertainment at the Hunger Walk/Run on March 13, and Athens-based Klezmer Local 42 capping the weekend with a high-energy concert at Congregation Beth Shalom.