Klezmatics Play Woody Guthrie


From Tzivi’s Dec ’09 Spotlight in the JUF News: The Klezmatics (led by Lisa Gutkin, Frank London, and Lorin Sklamberg) will be at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Dec. 19 to sing beloved songs from their 2006 CD, Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah.

No, famed Dust Bowl balladeer Woody Guthrie wasn’t Jewish, but when he married his second wife Marjorie, he become part of a Yiddishkeyt family.

In an interview with the Jewish Journal’s Tom Tugend in 2004, folksinger Arlo Guthrie said his Bubbe Aliza took to her new son-in-law right away: “Aliza Greenblatt was a poet and songwriter in her own right, and she immediately recognized Woody’s talent,” Arlo said. “And with his typical thoroughness, Woody started reading every book he could find and took courses on Judaism at Brooklyn Community College.”

Click HERE to order tickets or call the Box Office: (847) 673-6300. Click HERE to listen to JUF News music columnist Paul Wieder’s interview with London. Click HERE to order the tune “Groovy’s Freylekhs” on Amazon.

Jan Lisa Huttner (“Tzivi”) is the Arts & Culture critic for Chicago’s JUF News as well as a Chicago YIVO board member.

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