Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour is a traditional Jewish music project, started in 2007 by Samantha Goldberg. Dylan M. Blackthorn, & Kronk (Sick). The band has traveled the world in many formations, learning many different tunes and the history and context of the development of klezmer music and Yiddish folksongs. From Texas to Manhattan, Mexico, Poland, Cleveland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ireland, and Greece, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour has played at sold out venues, busked for a living on the street, and shared Jewish music with many people.
Jewish music is filled with the spirit of celebration, yearning, and meaning. Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour brings to all this our experience as Texans & Jews, exiles with rebellious spirit. The band features a mix of klezmorim (folk musicians) and muzikantn (master players), all acoustic instruments in a traditionalist ensemble resembling the klezmer orchestras of Jewish immigrant families from Eastern Europe in the early 1900’s.
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour has been featured at the San Antonio International Accordion Festival (on the poster even!), Pecan St. Festival in Austin Texas, Houston Pride Parade, Honk TX festival, many Jewish weddings all across the country, Bar/Bat Mitzvot, as part of services and festivals at congregation Agudas Achim in Austin Texas, schools, synagogues, churches, clubs, bars, cafes, streetcorners, birthday parties, dog’s birthday parties, interfaith events, really just about anywhere music has been played.