12.22 All-girl sextet Isle of Klezbos at Joe’s Pub.
12.24 Jewltide teamed with Balkan Beat Box at Southpaw.
12.24 & 25 Sixth annual “What I Like About Jew,” featuring Jackie Hoffman, Cindy Kaplan, Tammy Faye Starlite, and others at the Knitting Factory.
12.24 – 31 The first annual Sephardic (Spanish and North African Jewish) Music Festival. Sat 24:Opening night party with Heeb magazine: Y-Love and dj handler at Happy Valley. Sun 25: Chavlaz; Israeli hip-hop night with Y-Love, Jake Break, DJ Equal, and dj handler at Leopard Lounge. Mon 26: Raquy and the Cavemen and guests at Mo Pitkin’s. Tue 27:Sarah Aroeste, Smadar & Pharaoh’s Daughter at Makor. Wed 28: Yoel Ben-Simhon with the Sultana Ensemble and Divahn at Joe’s Pub. Thur 29: Anthony Coleman’s Sephardic Tinge at Tonic. Sat 31: The Boys of Balagan Boogaloo (DJ Shonez of BBB and dj handler of Juez and Modular Moods) at Makor. See sephardicmusicfestival.com for more details.
12.26 The LeeVees celebrate their Jdub/Reprise debut CD at Bowery Ballroom on the first night of Hanukkah.
12.27 The Elias Ladino Ensemble and Yardena y Son Ladino at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue; Sarah Aroeste Band, Smadar, and Pharaoh’s Daughter at Makor.
Every Monday in December The wickedly hilarious Jackie Hoffman puts on her annual Hanukkah cabaret at Joe’s Pub.