'Klezmer Guy' trio to perform at Nighttown Feb. 25

"Klezmer Guy" performers (from left) Alan Douglass, Bert Stratton and Tamar Gray.

Bert Stratton, the leader of the klezmer band Yiddishe Cup, will perform "Klezmer Guy," an original prose-and-music show, at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Stratton reads comedic prose sketches and plays clarinet, accompanied by Alan Douglass on vocals and piano, and Tamar Gray on vocals. Stratton and Douglass are original members of Yiddishe Cup, and Gray has performed with the group for two years. She is the vocal music teacher at Fairfax Elementary School.

Stratton's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Belt Magazine and City Journal.

In addition to klezmer music, the group will play Tin Pan Alley tunes, swing and Motown. Expect an evening of social commentary, plumbing tips and song—as if Garrison Keillor were raised on pastrami.

Tickets are $10. For information, visit www.nighttowncleveland.com or call 216-797-0550.

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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