Jewish Culture

On December 24, 2022, the Mizel Museum held the 11th Annual Klezfest, a vibrant holiday celebration with music from around the world, at Mercury Cafe!

Experience the exuberance of Klezfest! Featuring the incomparable Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, Rabbi Joe Black with Steve Brodsky, and Hadgaba.

Rabbi Joe Black

Rabbi Joe Black is a pioneer of Jewish Contemporary music.  He has performed for congregations and communities around the world.  His recordings and books have received accolades from sources as diverse as The New York Times, Haddasah Magazine, Parent’s ChoiceThe American Library Journal and Kids First:  The Coalition for Quality Children’s Video. 

He is a two-time winner of American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyric contest. He has also published two Children’s books for the PJ Library, a songbook, and recorded five critically acclaimed albums of Jewish music. His compositions have been recorded by numerous artists and he and his music are featured in a variety of Contemporary Jewish Music compilation CD’s. His poetry and prose have been published widely. He recently published There Once Was A Man From Canaan: The Five Books of Limerick – a collection of Limericks for every Torah portion. As a musician, Joe is known for his guitar virtuosity, soaring voice and lyrics that are at the same time funny, inspirational and thought-provoking. His music is an extension of his Rabbinate. This past December, after an 18 year hiatus, Joe began recording his fifth album of original music. He serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO, a position he has held since 2011.

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Steve Brodsky

Steve Brodsky is the Cantorial Soloist and Music Director at Temple Emanuel in Denver. He has been a fixture on the Denver Jewish music scene for over 35 years as a songleader, music educator, Cantorial Soloist, songwriter and performer. He is a founding member of two acclaimed Jewish bands, Mah Tovu and Sababa, and has released six albums of contemporary Jewish music, with a seventh coming in early 2023. Steve has produced and performed on countless other Jewish music projects, including many with his dear friend and colleague Rabbi Joe Black.

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Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play Klezmer and Yiddish fusion music — an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves. The Lost Tribe are: Hal Aqua (vocals, guitar, octave mandolin), Annie Aqua (violin, vocals), Ben Cohen (bass, accordion, tuba, vocals), Michael Paff (drums, percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet).

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Hadgaba is your favorite band you’ve never heard of. They showcase soul-stirring musical traditions from all over the world, bringing a Balkan dance party to the Rocky Mountains. Playing in strange modes over foreign rhythms, this Klezmer fusion ensemble will transport you to an unforgettable dance party on the Silk Road after the bazaars are closed!

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