Golem

Golem

Smoota (DJ set), Schlep Sisterrs

Sat, December 8, 2012

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Golem
Golem
Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from "Lord of the Rings." Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band.

Fronted by Annette Ezekiel - singer, accordionist, and 5-foot powerhouse, with vocalist / tambourinist Aaron Diskin, violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, upright bassist Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and drummer Tim Monaghan, Golem's sound evokes wisps of old-world elegance filtered through the successes and disappointments of new-world dreams. Spending nights in Lower East Side immigrant-owned bagel shops and summers in Eastern Europe, Annette collects Jewish, Gypsy, and Slavic folk songs, adding, editing, and rearranging them along the way. These are the songs to which her Eastern European grandparents danced over a century ago, and now Golem has its unwrinkled fans moshing to the same pulsing beats.

Unrequited love stories? Check. Drunken dances? Check. Warnings to future sons-in-law? Check. Dysfunctional families forcing kids to sell bagels on the street? Fresh Off Boat has 'em all. And they may be in Yiddish (or Russian or French), but when Golem wails that the rent is too high, everybody understands.
Smoota (DJ set)
Smoota (DJ set)
Smoota is the alter ego of trombone player Dave 'Smoota' Smith, who currently tours with TV on the Radio. Previously he performed with Sufjan Stevens on the 2010-11 Age of Adz world tour and, throughout 2010, he played regularly on Fela!, the Broadway musical about the life and music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. In 2010 he also played and acted in a stage opera version on Melvin Van Peebles' proto-blaxploitation flick, Sweet Sweetback's Baasasssss Song, directed by Van Peebles himself and featuring music from Burnt Sugar. On Halloween 2009, he joined Sharon Jones and members of the Dap-Kings in helping Phish cover the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. He plays regularly with bhangra brass funk band Red Baraat and the dirty gospel R&B band Rev. Vince Anderson & the Love Choir. Smoota has also played and/or recorded with Spoon, El-P, Bebel Gilberto, Akron/Family, Gordon Gano (of the Violent Femmes), and The Bogmen. He studied Film and Literature at Harvard.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.cameony.com