Jul 312015

Local Traditional Klezmer music ensemble Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour will be playing at RADIO Coffee & Beer August 14th.   at the South Austin venue that is a hub for creatives and small arms officianados. The Kapelye (group) for this show will be led by klezmer clarinetist Ben Saffer, and features special guest Don Wheeda (of Mark Rubin’s Rubinchicks Yiddisher Ensemble)  on accordion!  The show runs 9pm to 11pm, is open to all ages, and admission is free.

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Jul 172015

Greece, Isle of Phalegendros, Pirate Bar w/ Shiri Goldsmith, Fred Normal, Nicco, Merry Go Round, Aaron, & Wolf(?)

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour and the Austin Klezmer Bund Orchestra will host a traditional Klezmer Jam Wednesday July 29th, from 8-10pm at the Butterfly bar in Austin Texas. We will be playing mostly from Klezmer for Everyone volumes 1 & 2, by Sherry Mayrent.  The Jam is open to intermediate through professional players, and will be open to acoustic instrument only.

Jul 022015
Sherry Mayrent, of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

Sherry Mayrent, of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour​ and  Austiner Klezmer Bund​ are excited to present a 2-day workshop with Sherry Mayrent​ of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.  Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour has been learning from and playing with Sherry for several years and now want to share her passion for and wealth of knowledge in klezmer music with the Austin community.

There will be several opportunities to learn with Sherry.  Listed below are  times and possible class themes.  For a really powerful learning experience, plan to come to all classes.  Content will vary according to the people there.  Classes are open to anyone – all ages, all instruments or no instruments, all playing levels.
Monday, July 69:00noon, Slow jam with traditional
                                                      Yiddish tunes
                               2:00 – 4:00, Elements of Klezmer music
Tuesday, July 79:00noon, Slow jam with traditional
                                                      Yiddish tunes
                                2:00 – 4:00   Elements of Klezmer music
Classes will be held at a home in South Austin.  When you RSVP, we will send you the address.
In addition to the scheduled class times, Sherry is also available for sectionals or 1:1 instruction.  Please message here if you would like to schedule a time to meet with Sherry as an instrument sectional or 1:1, and we will do our best to accommodate if time permits.
Please RSVP so we can send you the address and plan for handouts, etc.
To RSVP, please email:
May 132015

MTKH Logo by Adam Kobetich & Samantha GoldbergMazel Tov Kocktail Hour will be playing the Maker Faire in Austin, Texas 3:30-4:30pm this Saturday, May 16th at the Palmer Events Center!  Please see the Austin Maker Faire website for your tickets more details:


Apr 282015

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Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays Wednesday April 17th @ Butterfly Bar Austin, 8-10pm.  Two sets of TRAD KLEZ, which near the end will be opened up for a TRAD KLEZ session for players of intermediate & professional skill level.  Butterfly Bar is located in East Austin, at 2307 Manor Road.  Please bring a donation for the band – admission is free!

Apr 062015


Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour will be playing TRAD KLEZ at Radio Coffee and Beer in South Austin Thursday April 16th, from 9-11pm.  Admission is free!  Food will be available from Vera Cruz taco truck, and drinks from RADIO!  Man-shack just north of Ben White in South Austin.

Mar 282015

Laaaaaadies & Menshn! It’s time for Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour with Di Austiner Klezmer Bund Orchestra TODAY as part of HONK TEXAS in the park – it’s FREE! Enjoy and have a restful Shabbes in the sun while listening to Trad Klez.
Saturday, March 28th: Adams-Hemphill Park at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
“Family Stage” (Hemphill @ 30th) 1-2 PM
Trudy’s Back Wall – 4:30-5 PM
aaaaaand tomorrow, Sunday, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour with Di Austiner Klezmer Bund Orchestra will be performing with a special guest at Pan-American Park (E 3rd at Chicon), during the big wrapup extravaganza of 25 HONK bands playing in quick succession! See the HONK!TX page for more details!  http://www.honktx.org/