One of Atlanta’s premier international musical events, The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF), returns for its eighth year with a robust musical lineup sure to please all music loving crowds. The two and a half week festival will run March 2-19 in various locations throughout metro Atlanta.
AJMF is the largest Jewish music festival in the South and is known for featuring a diverse bill of artists ranging from jazz to hip hop to world music. This year’s festival continues the propensity to surprise and delight audiences with unique sounds, soul stirring melodies and energetic, foot stomping fun.
"One of the most diverse music festivals in the South and one of the largest Jewish music festivals in the world, AJMF defies the traditional definition of ‘Jewish Music,’” said AJMF Director Russell Gottschalk. “This year’s lineup includes Jewish artists from around the globe and some of the best musicians from our local community, including a first ever commission of new Southern Jewish music,” Gottschalk said.
Here are a few AJMF8 highlights you don’t want to miss!
AJMF8 Opening Night (March 2) at City Winery Atlanta featuring Jewish-Cuban ensembleOdessa / Havana. Lead by virtuosic trumpet player and composer David Buchbinder, this international group of musicians (from Toronto, Canada) will present an exhilarating and unprecedented project of musical discovery.
The celebration of Ladino culture continues with a multi-day artist residency by singer/songwriterSarah Aroeste. Aroeste will perform an adult concert at AJMF8’s International Night on March 9 at Eddie’s Attic. Her residency also includes a kids’ concert at the MJCCA’s Family Purim Concert on March 12th.
For the first time in AJMF’s history, the festival is partnering with Atlanta’s favorite group of local musicians,ATL Collective, to recreate the first hip hop album to ever top the billboard charts - Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill. Israeli hip hop artists Peled, Axum andSagol 59 will join ATL Collective musicians at Buckhead Theatre to perform the album in a way never heard before. This act is sure to bring down the house!
AJMF8 includes the holiday of Purim and many Atlanta synagogues, including Ahavath Achim, Bet Haverim, Beth Shalom, Beth Tikvah, Or Hadash and Temple Sinai, are partnering with AJMF to create music-fueled Erev Purim celebrations for Jewish Atlanta.
From the return of AJMF’s Teen Battle of the Bands to presenting acclaimed international superstarIdan Raichel, AJMF’s Spring Fest provides a wide range of artist genres, styles and experiences for all music lovers.