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Dec. 2013 -- Hardly Strictly Klezmer, Berkeley

If you're getting tired of the cold, we guarantee a hot night: Three great bands playing contemporary klezmer-based music, with three great accordionists (Rob Reich, Glenn Hartman, and Diana Strong) and three great clarinetists (Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, and Barbara Speed), plus two turtle doves, and a partridge. If you can't be there, watch live online at
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Hardly Strictly Klezmer
Tuesday, Dec.17th, 8pm

(Sheldon Brown, Stu Brotman, Aaron Kierbal)

2121 Addison St., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley BART

Event co-sponsors: 

BTW our Friday Nights @ OMCA
 performance was unfortunately postponed due to rain and cold -- we'll let you know when that's back on the calendar.

Dec. 2013 -- Oakland Museum and Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Two fun shows in the East Bay:
Friday Nights @ OMCA
holiday food, drink, dancing + music
Friday, Dec. 6th, 6:30-9pm
1000 Oak St. (at 10th), Oakland
Lake Merritt BART

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Hardly Strictly Klezmer
Tuesday, Dec.17th, 8pm

(Sheldon Brown, Stu Brotman, Aaron Kierbal)

2121 Addison St., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley BART
Event Co-sponsors: Jewish Music Festival  KlezCalifornia

Nov. & Dec. 2013 -- Saul's Deli, Berkeley

Two public shows coming up in Berkeley, one low-key and heymish, and the other our big annual shindig at the Freight. 
Saul's presents klezmer with a rotating cast of musicians on Monday nights. Good food & beverages; no cover. We're on for next Monday.

Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
Monday, November 18, 6-8pm
1475 Shattuck Ave (near Vine), Berkeley

At the Hardly Strictly Klezmer show, the Chachkas (with "Accordion Babe" Diana Strong) will be joined by groups featuring former Chachkas' accordionists Glenn Hartman and Rob Reich. Likewise three of the Bay Area's top clarinets will take the stage: Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, and Barbara Speed. It should be quite a spectacular evening of music!

Hardly Strictly Klezmer
Tuesday, December 17, 8pm
(with Sheldon Brown, Stu Brotman, Aaron Kierbal)
and Rob Reich & Ben Goldberg Duo
Freight & Salvage, 2121 Addison St., Berkeley

Autumn 2013 -- Urban Adamah, Berkeley

We'd like you to know about a couple of fun shows coming up in Berkeley.  Urban Adamah is folks who've created a small farm in west Berkeley, with "a thriving Jewish environmental education center and gathering place for the entire Bay Area Jewish community. We now offer a robust set of youth programs and camps, holiday celebrations, workshops and public programs, which we continue to develop to meet the needs and interests of our participants" -- in other words, a happening place. Enjoy homemade knishes for sale from Hugs & Knishes, and "As with all Urban Adamah events, please bring a canned good to donate to our food bank."

And in December, after the Chanukah latkes have settled, we'll host our annual event at the Freight & Salvage.

Urban Farm Concert + Knishes
Saturday, October 5, 8:00pm 
at Urban Adamah
1050 Parker St., Berkeley 
(btwn San Pablo Ave. & 10th St.)

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Hardly Strictly Klezmer
Tuesday, December 17, 8:00pm
2121 Addison St., Berkeley

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July 2013 -- Saul's Deli, Berkeley

Come hear the Red Hot Chachkas
Monday July 29, 6-8pm
Klezmer Mondays at Saul's Deli, 1475 Shattuck Ave. (near Vine), Berkeley
no cover; great food; fine beverages

June 27, 2013 at Freight & Salvage (no, really?!) photo by Fletcher Oakes

June 2013 -- Accordion Babes at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Plans for fall shows and our annual Hardly Strictly Klezmer at the Freight are in the works, and this fun show is coming up soon:

Thursday June 27 at 8pm 
The Accordion Babes Revue 
(including Chachkas' Diana Strong & Aharon Bolsta) 
The Red Hot Chachkas 
Whiskey & Women 
Amber Lee Baker

after that, there's

Monday July 29, 6-8pm
Klezmer Mondays at Saul's Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave. (near Vine), Berkeley

May 2013 -- TEDx Menlo Park and Studio E, Sebastopol

Here are the next couple of things going on for the Chachkas:

Saturday May 4 at 10am-4pm

Julie Egger speaks & Red Hot Chachkas play around 3:30pm. 

Sunday May 19 at 7:30pm

Special concert in an intimate professional sound studio in a beautiful rustic spot just a few miles from Highway 101. or (707-823-5316) for private address, directions, and reservations. Tickets $22 at the door. Doors open 7:00pm.

January 2013 -- Saul's Deli, Berkeley

Happy New Year everyone! 

Did you hear about the new kosher deli on the moon? ... Great food, but no atmosphere.

But if you're looking for both, the Red Hot Chachkas (or some of us -- Julie just came back from icy Chicago with a broken hand) will play on Monday January 21, 6-8pm, as special guests of "Klezmer Mondays" at Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, 1475 Shattuck Ave. (in the Gourmet Ghetto, just north of Vine St.), Berkeley. Excellent eating (upgraded a lot over the last couple of years), lively ambiance, and no cover charge. (But don't forget the tip jar!) Stay and schmooze or nosh with us after we're done at 8pm!

"Klezmer Mondays" at Saul's usually features Mike Perlmutter (clarinet, saxophone) Dave Rosenfeld (mandolin, fiddle, and percussion), & friends. On Monday February 11th, Anthony Russell & Heather Klein will be special guests.

Also at Saul's, on most Saturdays from 6-8pm, the Chachkas' Diana Strong plays accordion solo (or sometimes with friends).