Klezmer meets funk at Cain Park

Josh "Socalled" Dolgin brings his klezmer band to Cain Park this summer.

Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, is a moviemaker, puppeteer, magician, rapper, hip-hop artist and klezmer musician. He's bringing his sextet to Cain Park on Sunday, June 29 for the annual free Yiddish concert, sponsored by Workmen’s Circle.

Dolgin, who is from Montreal, was discovered by David Krakauer, a world-class classical and klezmer clarinetist and former member of the Klezmatics. Dolgin plays keyboards, accordion and synthesizer, and sings in English and Yiddish.

He has toured extensively with Krakauer as part of Klezmer Madness, as well as with Abraham Inc., a klezmer-meets-funk group that features Fred Wesley, former trombone player for James Brown. Dolgin also was in Shtreiml, a Montreal band that played at Cain Park in 2004.

Michael Winograd plays clarinet in Dolgin’s combo. Winograd has appeared at Cain Park with Folksbiene, a Yiddish theater troupe from New York City. Winograd teaches klezmer clarinet at klezmer conferences throughout the world and is highly regarded for his virtuosity and authenticity, as well as for his ability to go outside the boundaries of traditional klezmer.

The other players in Dolgin’s band at Cain Park are Allen Watsky, guitar and fiddle, from New York; Patrice Agbokou, bass, and Katie Moore, vocals, both from Montreal; and Jack Stratton, drums, from Los Angeles.

Tickets are not needed for the show. Just show up at the Evans Amphitheater in Cain Park, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra will perform a pre-concert show at 6:30 p.m.

Bert Stratton

Bert Stratton is a Cleveland Heights resident and the leader of the klezmer band Yiddishe Cup. He writes the Klezmer Guy blog at www.klezmerguy.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 6:15 PM, 05.29.2014