Happy Birthday Bob

May 24 - 2021

Celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, this online concert takes a deep dive into Dylan’s music to reveal its Jewish roots and mystical branches.

Hosted by author and critic Seth Rogovoy (“Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet”), the evening features performances from an incredible array of Dylan-loving musicians across the globe: Socalled, Daniel Kahn, Lail Arad and Niki Jacobs. The event promises to make you hear Bob Dylan with newfound appreciation for his profoundly Jewish soul.

MONDAY MAY 24, 3pm (EST)
Live on Ashkenaz Festival Facebook book page (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

Presented in partnership with London’s JW3, and with the support of the Wingate Foundation

About the performers:

Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is an unemployed musician who has been living in his parents’ house in Montreal since March 2020. Before the “end-times,” Josh was an active producer, rapper, pianist, composer, artist, magician, photographer and theater creator who toured the world and worked with many legends and luminaries in a spectacular range of styles.

Detroit-born, Berlin-based troubadour, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and translator Daniel Kahn’s music mixes Yiddish, English, klezmer, and punk-folk. His groups include The Painted Bird, Brothers Nazaroff, Semer Ensemble, and The Unternationale. He is a co-founder of the Earthwork music collective and the Shtetl Berlin festival, works regularly as a theater artist, and was featured in Carnegie Hall’s 2019 program, “From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture.”

Amsterdam’s Niki Jacobs has been singing Yiddish since 1999. She is a well-known performer within the Jewish Music scene in Europe and the USA. Inspired by her family history, she developed a deep love and passion for Yiddish culture. During the last two decades she has released eight albums, including Don’t Think Twice (2019), a tribute to American Jewish singer-songwriters.

Lail Arad is a London-born singer and writer. She has released two solo albums to critical acclaim (Someone New, 2011 and The Onion, 2016) and will soon be releasing a duo album with Canadian songwriter JF Robitaille. She is currently working on her debut novel, for which she is represented by Janklow & Nesbit UK.

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