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!

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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.

Apr 122016

Austin Klezmer Bund / Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour - Honk!TX in the PSaturday May 14th you are invited to celebrate diverse cultures and network with other international multicultural enthusiasts outside at the Oswaldo A. B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center 2100 E 3rd Street. There will be live entertainment from noon until 9pm. There will be numerous vendors selling food and drink and arts and crafts. There is a playground for your young ones. This is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY event!
12:15-12:30 Nepalese dance
12:30-1 Los Bohemios Perdidos
1-1:30 Coepeira Angola
1:30-2:15 Herman the German and Das Cowboy
2:15-2:45 Mrs. Snow and the Two-Tone Zydeco
2:45-3:30 Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (klezmer)

3:30-4:15 Dekaworwor (African)
4:15-5 (The Yiddish Cowboys)
5-5:20 Esquina Tango (class and demonstration)
5:20-5:40 Austin Dance India
5:40-6 Celtic Theater
6-6:15 Lorene McHutcheon Stilwell (Scots champion liar)
6:15-7 The Executive Steel Band (Caribbean)
7-7:10 David Thompson (Welsh epic poetry)
7:10-7:30 Sahara Dancers (belly dance)
7:30-8:15 Indimaj (Middle-Eastern / jazz fusion)
8:15-8:45 Lady Morgan (Celtic)
8:45-9:30 Rattletree

*Los Bohemios Perdidos perform folk music from a multitude of Latin American countries, namely Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

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

*Mrs. Snow and the Two-Tone Zydeco is a squeezebox and guitar duo that plays the music of southwest Louisiana.

*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

*Dekaworwor is a world/afro style music band that was formed in Austin Texas and is lead by Gidi Agbeko a man from Ghana west Africa. The music is rich with positive energy, powerful messages,and great melodies.

*The Yiddish Cowboys perform the ethnic music of Eastern European Jews – known as klezmer music and sometimes thought of as Yiddish wedding music. It is lively, energetic and a great deal of fun! and

*Austin Dance India promotes the Bharata Natyam dance of India through a disciplined study of the technique and through performances and presentations. ADI philosophy maintains that lifelong values and character can be developed through the dedicated pursuit of classical Bharata Natyam dance. and

*Lorene McHutcheon Stilwell is a seanachai – a storyteller in the Scots Gaelic tradition. She has performed at numerous festivals – long stories, short stories, legends, histories, & outright lies. She is a 3 time winner of the Texas storytelling associations liars contest. She is also a founder of a fledgling celtic theater group, which, this year, is concentrating on drama & poetry that celebrates the centennial of the Irish republic.

*Executive Steel Band (ESB) plays all types of music on steel drums: Blues, Reggae, Calypso, Samba, Funk, Soca…, Happy Music! ESB encourages audience participation and is glad to officiate a fun fun fun Limbo contest for the kids — young and older. The band is known for its original Caribbean styling of steelpan, percussions, and bass guitar, with smooth vocal sounds, made famous in New Orleans. Watch LIVE:

*Lady Morgan is a classical, Celtic, and folk duo featuring Jeanette Chiffón Kezele on flute and Ruth Navarre on harp, violin, and vocals. They take their name and inspiration from Irish author Lady Morgan. A highly educated woman and passionate about her Celtic heritage, Lady Morgan used her popularity in London society to be a voice for the Irish people and culture.

*Indimaj interweaves musical forms across the Middle East, India and the West, and through its improvisations offers a transcendental musical experience. and

*Rattletree was voted Austin’s Best World Music Band 2015-16. Several musicians all playing wooden marimbas (xylophones) create a must-see live show experience of sound, light, and video that creates a state of ecstatic dance and tranceperform with video projection, lights, costumes, Rattletree members have dedicated their lives to learning the ancient rhythms that have been handed down for generations to awaken the soul through the trance-inducing music of Zimbabwe. By infusing these rhythms with the intensity of modern electronic dance music, they have that have left the most jaded electronic music fans speechless. Rattletree’s 2013 album release, “Joy” has received enthusiastic response, and they are currently touring regionally. More information at

Participating Vendors (We will be adding numerous vendors to this list during the next couple of weeks):
Astrid’s Jewelry is unique and handmade with natural materials like iraca fiber, acai berry seeds, tagua nuts, orange peel, and various Colombian seeds. and

The International Multicultural Festival (IMFEST) is centered on celebrating the uniqueness of the Austin Community by bringing different cultural groups together to learn, explore and celebrate each other and enhance unity among family. This festival is derived from the idea that we are all different and unique, and yet, we are all the same. We may look different, speak different languages, and hold different practices and beliefs. But when we look inside ourselves, we are still the same and there is still so much to learn and benefit from each other’s different culture. Multiculturalism is more than just the acknowledgment of a diverse cultural background. Here in Austin we witness the intertwining and interaction between cultures, local and international, and the positive influences they play on each other.

On the day of the main festival, there will be Music, Dance, Bands, Story Telling, Multicultural Performances, vendors from different multicultural vendors and many more. People normally wear their multicultural attire and it is such a colorful and cultural event.

The week heading to the festival, we will have kick off parties in different multicultural bars, restraurants, galleries etc. These kick off events will be in the form of parties, seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions on issues that have an impact on international and multicultural folks. Some of these discussions will be on the following topic:-
-International Languages,
-Immigration, Refugees and Race
-Travel and Tourism,
-Multicultural Art, Craft, Music, and Film,
-International Multicultural Fashion,
-Cultural Diversity,
-International Business
-Role of International Charities (Charities Away from Home, etc. We believe as a community we need to have different discussions on issues that truly are dear to multicultural folks and those who are enthusiast.

If you will like to sponsor, vendor, partner, volunteer, collaborate, host some of the kick off events, and or be involved any how and represent international and or multicultural agenda, Please reach out to or call 512 363 2814.