Yiddishe Cup to Team with Local Soul Singer for Annual Cain Park Concert

Yiddishe Cup, a Cleveland Heights-based klezmer band that's been around for as long as we can remember, plays the 37th annual Workmen’s Circle Concert in the Park on June 28 in Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. The guys plan to put a bit of a twist on the annual event. Two years ago, they worked with soul singer Tamar Gray, a vocal music teacher at Fairfax Elementary School. They had such a good time, they've decided to work with her again for the concert where they'll debut a mash-up of “Tradition” from "Fiddler on the Roof" and the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion.”


The concert will also feature guest singer Shawn Fink, who'll sing “Joe and Paul’s,” a Yiddish song about "a teenage boy with a fascination for smutty French post cards." The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra, under the direction of Norman Tischler, will play from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Colonnade. Steven Greenman, a virtuoso klezmer violinist, opens the main-stage show at 7 p.m., accompanied by Mark Freiman on piano. Greenman has played throughout the United States, as well as in Spain, Poland, Germany and Canada. Lori Cahan-Simon, a Yiddish-song researcher and singer of some stature, will follow Greenman. Accordion player Walt Mahovlich and Greenman, who'll play violin, will back her. Yiddishe Cup will play the second half of the show. It's even a possibility that all the musicians will gather for an encore. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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