Jewish Culture

On December 11, 2021, the Mizel Museum held the 10th Annual Klezfest, a celebration of Jewish music and heritage, at Mercury Cafe!

Experience the exuberance of Klezfest! Featuring the incomparable Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, with special guest performances by Rabbi Joe Black and Hadgaba.

We respectfully require that all guests:

  • Be fully vaccinated and can show proof of vaccination
  • Wear a mask while indoors, except while actively eating or drinking
  • Practice social distancing
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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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 showcases soul-stirring musical traditions from around the world, bringing a Balkan dance party to the Rocky Mountains! Hadgaba are: Eric Alterman (percussion), Annie Aqua (fiddle), Josh Klasco (bouzouki, guitar, accordion), Doron Levary (bass), and Adam Loudermilk (percussion).

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