Nov 282016

MTKH @ Goorin Bros. Hat Shop South Austin

AUSTIN, TX – Friday December 9th, 2016, Traditional Jewish music ensemble Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays top-rated Radio Coffee & Beer.  Join us in South Austin as we get ready to celebrate Chanukah later this month!  RADIO is located on Manchaca, just north of Ben White in South Austin.  The show if FREE (with purchase; please bring donations for the band!)  and ALL AGES are WELCOME!  9pm-11pm.

Nov 172016

Jewish Folklore in the Twenty-First Century:
A Symposium Nov. 20-21, 2016
Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302B.
Closing celebration at Texas Hillel

Nov 062016

Austin Klezmer Bund / Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour - Honk!TX in the P

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays Trad. Klezmer at Patika with special guest Sherry Mayrent sitting in, from the Mayrent Institute and

Wed. November 9th 9-11pm @ Patika Coffee & Wine

2159 S Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78704.  Free admission with purchase, all ages welcome.


Fri.  November 11th @ Radio Coffee & Beer

4204 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78704.  Free admission with purchase, all ages welcome.

Oct 162016

MTKH Jr. Member collecting tips

We have an amazing opportunity to work with our mentor and klezmer expert, Sherry Mayrent, to produce our first studio album. We have been working many years to learn the language of klezmer and are ready to set it down. This will be an exciting new offering in the klezmer world, one that honors the traditional playing and vintage recording techniques of pre-war klezmer. This recording will help us to spread klezmer to the world, through musicological presentations to   wedding performances  to marching band festivals.

We would be ever-so-grateful for any amount you can spare.
Help spread the word!

Donate by following this link: <click here>

Sep 282016

Fan art.AUSTIN, TEXAS – Saturday, October 1st, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays International Grooves Oktoberfest Edition with Herman the German and The Shirly Johnson Band.

Every 1st Saturday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard we celebrate International Grooves! Join us on October 1st for our Oktoberfest party!
6:30-8 Herman the German
8:30-10 The Mazel Tav Kocktail Hour
10:30-12 The Shirley Johnson Band
Only $10 to get in! BYOB! (Bring your own alcoholic beverages of choice!)

*Herman the German is the Kaiser of Surf Polka. He and his band play punk rock oompa — rockabillly, polka and surf tunes.

*The Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour is a small Klezmer ensemble based out of Austin, Texas, that plays pre-WWII Eastern European, Yiddish, and Romani tunes. and

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Jul 062016

MTKH Jr. Member collecting tipsAUSTIN, TX – Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, the premier Jewish wedding wand of central Texas, will be playing a showroom-style concert on Friday, July 8th.  “Klezmer in Public Places” is the band’s monthly concert series, offered free to the public monthly at Radio coffee & Beer in South Austin.  The band will be in full swing, with Belarusan singer Svetlana serenading the audience with Yiddish and Russian lyrics to old tunes from the old country and from the Yiddish Theater.  Show is 9pm-11pm at Radio, just north of Ben White on Man-shack.

Jun 232016




HOUSTON, TX – Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour with the Austin Klezmer Bund will be performing on a collaborate float sponsored by Keshet Houston celebrating equality and freedom for all, regardless of sexual orientation, at Houston Pride parade Saturday June 25th.  The Parade kicks off at 9pm in downtown Houston, and will feature members of Lanier Jr. High school klezmer band and “the Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas”.  Together, we will create traditional festive Yidish wedding music for the entire length of the parade.

May 182016

New Orleans, LA, Marriage of Ratty & Oops

AUSTIN, TX – Friday, June 10th
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour’s Klezmer in Public Places series continues at RADIO Coffee and Beer.  Come and mingle with Jews and the Jew-curious to celebrate Yidish culture, music, and dance.  Klezmer in public places takes this traditional Jewish music style out from the traditional context of wedding, bar/bat mitzfah, and JCC social events to the world at large, connecting in a cosmopolitan way with Eastern-European, Jewish-American roots and sharing that experience with others.  Please invite a friend, and join us for dancing, longing, and merriment.  Take the next step beyond Fiddler on the Roof.
RADIO Coffee and Beer is located on Man-shack, just north of Ben White in Austin, TX.  Admission is free with purchase, and gratuities will be graciously accepted.  All ages are welcome.