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2009-11

The Chachkas have been hard at work producing on our new CD, BEATS WITHOUT BORDERS, and are very pleased how it's turning out. All new and original compositions by the band. We'll keep you posted about when it's be available -- hopefully by the January shows listed below, where we'll perform the new material.

We have some upcoming public performances we're excited about:

Saturday November 21 (8 pm) as Special Guests of Joshua Nelson, San Rafael

Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers present Jewish spirituals a la American gospel! Inspired by his faith, & love of gospel music, Joshua blends Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of American gospel music to create this own Kosher Gospel. Don’t miss this inspirational performer with a fire-and-brimstone voice “discovered” by Oprah Winfrey and compared with the late Mahalia Jackson.

Anyone who saw him at the Jewish Music Festival knows what a charismatic and electrifying performer he is. We're thrilled that Joshua has invited Breck (on bass) and Michael (on drums) to perform in his band, and the whole group will join him onstage as Special Guests.

Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA [map]


Saturday January 9 (8-11 pm) at Armando's, Martinez

Armando's is an intimate, close-to-the-music, get-to-know-the-performers, hot-spot for local talent, located at 707 Marina Vista, Martinez. CWe played there in early October, and it's a really fun place, with great sound. Easy to find, and easy to park, so come on out to Martinez. Cover charge is $8, or 2 for $15. 

Sunday January 17 (2-4 pm) Concert, Santa Rosa

Absolute Music Series at the Friedman Center,
4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa CA

2009-09

Happy New Year to all of you!

The Red Hot Chachkas have several public shows this fall, which are described below. Over the summer, we recorded a new CD of 14 original compostiions by band members, which take our klezmer foundations in some new and surprising directions. The tentative title is "Beats Without Borders," and we hope to make it available and to schedule some CD Release Concerts ASAP. Stay tuned....

 

Meanwhile, at the Just Plan Folks Music Awards in Nashville in August 2009, our last CD, "Spice It Up!," was recognized as one of the top four Klezmer Albums, and Rob Reich's composition "The Third Glass of Wine" was voted one of the top Klezmer Songs.  Congratulations, Rob!  It's great to be getting some national recognition

Locally, we won the j. Reader's Choice Award for Best Klezmer Band, Bay Area, First Place, for the fifth year in a row.  Credit and a Big Thank You go to our fans who voted us this honor

Bay Area klezmer band the Red Hot Chachkas almost went by another name. “It was either that or the Seventh Inning Kvetch,” says Julie Egger of the Chachkas, “but that didn’t work out right.”

The Red Hot Chachkas have been playing klezmer for the Bay and far beyond for the past dozen years. They whip their audiences into a joyous frenzy with thumping grooves. “The stunts that people try to klezmer music are pretty wild,” Egger says. “At Chabad weddings the men do juggling, fire eating, all types of wild stuff.”

Musically, the Red Hot Chachkas can play all the traditional klezmer classics, along with a number of original songs that can be considered “klezmer fusion.” “It’s wild, it’s creative, it’s energetic — it makes you move,” Egger says.

j. (the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California) (August 19, 2009)

Saturday October 3 at Armando's, Martinez

is an intimate, close-to-the-music, get-to-know-the-performers, hot-spot for local talent, located at 707 Marina Vista, Martinez. Saturday Oct. 3, 8-11 pm. Cover charge is $8, or 2 for $15. Put it on your Saturday night calendar now!


Saturday October 17 at Concord Oktoberfest

Concord OktoberFest 2009 at Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Rd and Grant Streets, downtown Concord [map]

Live Music PLUS Great Food, Quality Crafts, Carnival, All-age Activities and Beer Festival featuring 20+ micro-breweries

11am to 6pm (we'll play from Noon to 1:30pm)
Free Admission and Parking
More info at communityconcerts.com

 

Saturday November 21 as Special Guests of Joshua Nelson, San Rafael

Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers present Jewish spirituals a la American gospel! Anyone who saw Josh at the Jewish Music Festival knows what a charistmatic and electrifying performer he is -- and we're thrilled to be asked to sit in as Special Guests for one tune.

Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA [map]











2009-07

Hello, and hope you're having a good summer.  The Red Hot Chachkas have been busy, both individually and collectively, and have a few things we'd like to let you know about.

Friday July 24 at The Sleeping Lady, Fairfax

We're pleased to return to The Sleeping Lady, a restaurant, beer & wine bar that is host to some of the best musical artists in the Bay Area and beyond! It's located at 23 Broadway Blvd, in central Fairfax, just 4 miles west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.[map], with live music from 9:30 to Midnight.

Julie's 12-year-old fiddle student Cameron Ashton, will be sitting in.

We'll showcase a batch of new original tunes that we're about to start recording for our next CD.  Stay tuned!

Saturday October 3 at Armando's, Martinez

Armando's is an intimate, close-to-the-music, get-to-know-the-performers, hot-spot for local talent. 707 Marina Vista, Martinez [map]. Saturday Oct. 3, 8-11 pm. Cover charge is $8, or 2 for $15.

J. Readers' Choice Awards

All bets are on as to whether the readers of the Bay Area's Jewish news weekly, the J., have voted the Chachkas the Bay Area's favorite klezmer band for the fourth year running.  http://www.jweekly.com/

Just Plain Folks Award Nominations

Our most recent CD, "Spice It Up!" is nominated for Best Klezmer Album, and Barb's composition "Chosidl Diddle" and Rob's "The Third Glass of Wine" are nominated for Best Klezmer Song by Just Plain Folks, the world's largest grassroots music organization. http://www.jpfolks.com


2009-05

Good news! We have some club dates coming up in Marin, Berkeley, and Martinez at which we plan to debut a batch of new compositions, along with some old favorites. Hope to see you there! And even if you can't make it, don't forget to vote in the J. Readers Choice Awards.


Thursday May 28 at The Sleeping Lady, Fairfax

The Sleeping Lady is host to some of the best musical artists in the Bay Area and beyond! It's located at 23 Broadway Blvd, in central Fairfax, just 4 miles west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. It's a restaurant, beer & wine bar, with live music from 9:30 to Midnight, and there's no cover charge for our show. See poster

Sunday May 31 at Anna's Jazz Island, Berkeley

Berkeley's leading jazz club, Anna's Jazz Island, is located at 2120 Allston Way, between Shattuck and Oxford. It's right by downtown Berkeley BART, and on-street parking is easy on Sunday eves one block west around Milvia, or for just $3 there's validated parking at 2061 Allston Way Parking Facility (btwn Shattuck & Milvia).  Show starts at 8 pm; Cover charge is $12. See poster

Saturday October 3 at Armando's, Martinez

This one's a ways off, but put it on your Saturday night calendar now! Located at 707 Marina Vista in Martinez, Armando's is an intimate, close-to-the-music, get-to-know-the-performers, hot-spot for local talent. Saturday Oct. 3, 8-11 pm. Cover charge is $8, or 2 for $15.

J. Readers' Choice Awards Voting

The Chachkas have been honored to be voted favorite klezmer band for 3 years running by the readers of  the Bay Area's Jewish news weekly, the J.  This year's Reader Choice awards, with voting ending on May22. Go to http://www.jweekly.com/readerschoice and vote for all your favorites -- hopefully including us in the category "Time to Celebrate: weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, simchas!" 


2009-04

Passover greetings!   We've been keeping mighty busy with private occasions, but have a couple of public performances coming up that might interest you:

Sunday April 26 Freylekh! at JCCEB

KlezCalifornia and JCC East Bay present the Jewish Dance Theatre’s Freylekh! Lesson with Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman, 7-8 pm, FREE (this month only) as part of Bay Area National Dance Week.
Dance party with
live music by the Red Hot Chachkas, 8:00-9:30 pm, $10-20 sliding scale, $5 children.  We often invite Bruce to lead dancing at shows so Juliecan get off the dance floor and concentrate on playing violin, so we're pleased to play at one of Bruce's monthly dances.  7–9:30pm at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St. (at Rose), Berkeley.

Sunday May 31 at Anna's Jazz Island

 We're planning to debut a batch of new compositions, along with some old favorites at Berkeley's leading jazz club, Anna's Jazz Island, at 2120 Allston Way, between Shattuck and Oxford. It's close to downtown Berkeley BART, and on-street parking is easy on Sunday eves one block west to Milvia, or for $3 with validation use 2061 Allston Way Parking Facility (btwn Shattuck & Milvia). Show at 8 pm; Cover is $12.