Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Vermont’s finest (and only) Klezmer band to perform free concert in Rutland

Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band will perform a free concert at Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m.

The whole community is invited to hear the soulful, stirring music of the Jews of Eastern Europe, with its foot-tapping rhythms and Dixieland influences, which promises to have people dancing in their chairs and more often, on the dance floor. It’s a family event, all welcome.

The music can be jazzy, melancholy, thoughtful and ecstatic—sometimes in the same tune. The band plays songs from the golden age of New York’s Yiddish Theater as well as freilachs, bulgars and other lively instrumentals that display the Dixieland influence on  immigrant musicians.

Nisht Geferlach translates as “Relax, it won’t kill you.”

Formed in 1981, the Nisht Geferlach Band has been playing regularly in northern New England, upstate New York and Montreal at festivals, performing arts centers, community events, colleges, and on radio and TV.

Refreshments will be provided. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact or 802-468-5125.

Mountain Times Newsletter

Sign up below to receive the weekly newsletter, which also includes top trending stories and what all the locals are talking about!