Golem with Black Bear Combo
Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 9:00 PM CST
(8:00 PM Doors)
- Friday, Feb 12, 2010 1:00 AM CST
Martyrs', Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from Lord of the Rings. Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band based in New York City belting out songs in Yiddish, English and Slavic languages. Young, hip and widely acclaimed, it transforms the music of its grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. GOLEM has infused the World Music scene with a breath of fresh air from Eastern Europe. Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock. Fronted by bandleader, accordionist and singer Annette Ezekiel, madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin and violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, the band's six members, all in their 20's and 30's, create GOLEM's powerfully vibrant sound. Through updated versions of old Yiddish tunes, Golem seduces audiences of Klezmer fans and rockers alike, and is equally at home in venues as varied as rock clubs, synagogues, and concert halls, from Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park to the rock clubs of the Lower East Side. Their performance is a veritable party with a historical message with each song evoking old-world cities, towns and countries longed for by homesick Jewish immigrants: Odessa, Romania, Bukovina, Nikolayev, Belz and Bialystok as well as wild gypsy songs learned during travels in Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. The result is a musical romp through Eastern Europe and beyond that is a snapshot of shtetl life through the filter of a much younger generation. "A Gypsy-punk gem!" - SPIN.com "Golem produces the sort of music you'd expect if the shtetl were filled with punks instead of peasants." - The Washington Post "Stellar! A wild edgy approach with a reverance for Old World tradition." -The New Yorker "An edgy spin on the Eastern European music of their Jewish grandparents..." - Time Out Chicago Appearing with... Black Bear Combo is a raucous mutt inspired by traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans.