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Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays Jewish Folklore Symposium at UT, special Guest Michael Wex, author of “Just Say Nu” November 20-21, 2016 @ UT Austin 11/20 & Texas Hillel 11/21

Jewish Folklore in the Twenty-First Century: A Symposium Nov. 20-21, 2016 Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302B. Closing celebration at Texas Hillel with Robert H. Abzug, Itzik Gottesman, Dan Ben-Amos, Michael Wex, Jason Roberts, Jillian Gould, Suzy Seriff, Simon J. Bronner, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Dov-Ber Kerler, Amy Horowitz, Steve Zeitlin, Elliot Oring, Naomi Lindstrom, Emily Socolov, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (Eta Wrobel, Dylan M. Blackthorn, Jennifer Marshall, David Ansel and Friends).

Mazel Tov Kockatil Hour plays Wed & Fri in Austin with special guest Sherry Mayrent

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

Join Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour in making an album!

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>

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays International Grooves Oktoberfest Saturday October 1st

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. https://www.facebook.com/hermanthegermanatx *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. https://www.facebook.com/mazeltovkocktailhour/ and http://www.mazeltovkocktailhour.com/ Facebook event site:  https://www.facebook.com/events/639872059494785  

Friday September 16th, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour Stirkes up at Radio Coffee & Beer in Austin, Texas!

AUSTIN-TEXAS Friday, September 16th will see the return of Klezmer in Public Places at Radio Coffee & Beer.  Join us in a throwback cultural immersive experience and dance in a circle to old Jewish Folk tunes!  Admission is free, and all ages are allowed.   Radio Coffee & Beer is located on Man-shack, just north of Ben White in Austin, Texas.

Friday July 9th @ RADIO in Austin, TX, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour presents “Klezmer in Public Places”

AUSTIN, 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.

MTKH & Austin Klezmer Bund to play Houston Pride Parade Sat June 25th!

    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.

Klezmer in Public Places returns to RADIO Coffee and Beer in Austin, TX FRIDAY JUNE 10th

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.

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour plays Austin Multicultural Music Fest Sat May 14th!

Saturday 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. https://www.facebook.com/losbohemiosperdidos/ *Herman the German is the Kaiser of Surf Polka. He and his band play punk rock oompa — rockabillly, polka and surf tunes.