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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

September 25, 2015

Cover charge: $30-40
Premiums: $70

Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door

Food & Beverage Minimum $25


Fri, Sep 25 9:30pm Doors 8:45pm Buy Tickets


Soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal ISLE of KLEZBOS sextet plays klezmer, Yiddish swing and tango, original and classic theater specialties, and far beyond. As The New Yorker says, the group “tests the elasticity of the genre” from revelatory klezmogrified Broadway favorites to gorgeous neo-traditional retro soundtrack adaptations and Soviet Yiddish theater tunes, plus the group’s own originals — including highlights from bandleader/drummer Eve Sicular’s New York Times-acclaimed musical documentary J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files (swinging boogie woogie, baroque, gospel and R&B too). Touring from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998, their broadcast credits range from CBS Sunday Morning to The L Word; collaborations have included projects with Jill Sobule, Kiki Smith, and Scissor Sisters. The band’s latest CD Live From Brooklyn made New York Music Daily’s Best Albums of 2014, described as “deliriously fun” as well as “brilliant, intense, eclectic.” Time Out lauds the group as “internationally-known and much-loved…. We’d make a joke but they beat us to it.” New York Magazine says simply: “Cutting Edge Klezmer.”

Featuring special guest Moe Angelos. Actor and playwright Maureen “Moe” Angelos is a member of The Five Lesbian Brothers theater collective, with whom she has co-written six acclaimed Off-Off Broadway plays, winning the Lambda Literary Award for Drama in 2010 for Oedipus At Palm Springs. Her solo show Sontag: Reborn was presented at New York Theatre Workshop, a multi-media live performance produced by The Builders Association troupe, with whom Moe has worked in numerous productions since 1999. She was nominated to the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway for Let Them Eat Cake, with Holly Hughes and Megan Carney. As a performer, she has also appeared in the work of Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Lois Weaver, Zack, Peg Healey, Dominique Dibbell, Lisa Kron, and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, as well as 2009 workshop presentations of J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files featuring Isle of Klezbos, on which she worked from its inception with playwright/bandleader Eve Sicular.