SMF13-NY3Shemspeed and Bancs Media announce their 9th Sephardic Music Festival which will take place in NYC this Chanukah, Nov 30th – 5th in NYC, as well as a hot teaser event Dec 3rd in L.A.


November 30 – Moshav will perform their unique brand of middle eastern and rock grooves like their “Abba Shimon” song which was featured on on Volume 1 of the festivals CD Compilation. (buy tickets)

December 1 – Sephartango kicks off the festival with Sephardic songs set to tango and fused with classics. (buy tickets)

December 2 – The Sephardic Story Slam is back!  Join us as storytellers, actors, poets, writers, comedians and other doe-eyed hopefuls from far and wide try their hand to take home the most coveted prize of all time: the legacy of being crowned: “Story Slam Champion.”

December 3 – Hazzan Victor Esses and his oud will perform pizmonim & bakashot of Syria and Egypt. Tavche Gravche brings forth a fresh take on traditional Balkan tunes, as well as evocative originals by the group’s members. (buy tickets)

December 4 – Rashanim join The Church of Betty Globestra as The Church celebrates its CD Release Party with the festival. (buy tickets)

December 5 -ISRAMERICA and SMF are back with the BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST Hanukkah event of the YEAR! The 2nd Annual Hanukkah BASH at Libation with over 600 exclusive guests comprised of young Jewish professionals and Israeli artists in all genres and mediums are expected! (buy tickets)

NOTE: For festival go’ers who will be in Los Angeles for the holidays, SMF will be producing their teaser event in L.A. dubbed, Balagan Salon. The event is tantalizing preview of the full festival, which will take place in and around Los Angeles in early March. The Salon, which takes place on the 7th night of Chanukah, will feature art, sculpture, storytelling, projections and Andalusian belly dancing, plus a chance to make the art personal through tribal marker tattoos. The party will be fueled by world rhythms spun by renowned DJ’s, as well as an open wine bar sponsored by Le Soreqand complimentary gourmet latkes by Nina Safar (aka Kosher in the Kitch, a regular on Perez Hilton’s Celebrity blogger). (buy tickets)
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