The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival returns for the eighth year March 2 to 19 with a lineup built to satisfy the city’s eclectic taste in music by offering everything from world music and Ladino to jazz and Israeli hip-hop.
The festival’s two marquee events are a performance by Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel at City Winery Atlanta on March 17 and a re-creation of the Beastie Boys’ album “Licensed to Ill” at the Buckhead Theatre on March 18, presented by ATL Collective. Helping to re-create the album will be Israeli rap acts Axum and Peled and the “godfather of Israeli hip-hop,” Sagol 59.
“I think the lineup is incredible this year,” said Russell Gottschalk, the festival’s founder and executive director. “I think it’s a very diverse lineup this year, and like previous years it’s something for all ages. This year more than ever we’ve done a very good job of presenting the breadth of the Jewish music experience, including a Sephardic and Mizrahi perspective. We can’t wait till March 2.”
AJMF8 features 14 events and once again coincided with Purim, which falls on the festival’s second weekend.
Kicking off at City Winery on March 2 with Jewish Cuban klezmer outfit Odessa Havana, AJMF8 is presenting a wide range of local, national and international artists, including the Yotam Silberstein Quartet, Nick Edelstein, David Marcus, Sammy Rosenbaum, Sarah Aroeste and Noah Aronson.
AJMF8 programming is aimed at all ages. The range includes a Purim family concert and teen battle of the bands March 12, a young adult Purim party March 4, and the two main events March 17 and 18.