Crossroads Music Jamboree 2022 celebrates its second summer in Waterbury at three locations, Thursday to Sunday, August 4-7.
This year, events are planned at Bridgeside Books, the Waterbury Public Library and the American Legion Post 59.
“Our aim is to bring high quality, multi-genre music events to Waterbury and expand the WJC into a major summer music festival that brings national attention and tourists to Waterbury,” said the director. of the festival, Aaron Kula.
The jamboree begins with a one-hour Lunch and Learn lecture starting at noon in the library’s community room on the theme “Blues and Jews: The secret musical relationship between black and Jewish musicians”.
This program examines black and Jewish composers in the United States from the 1930s to the 1960s by examining how the two ethnic groups borrowed from each other in search of common themes such as redemption, hope, prejudice, faith and the desire to be accepted as an American. . The collaboration of black and Jewish composers and performers created a rich body of popular swing and jazz music that had a lasting impact on American popular music for years to come, Kula said.
This free event is sponsored by the Beth Jacob library and synagogue in Montpellier.
On Friday, August 5, there will be a free Community Jam and Sing-Along, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., outside in the garden of the Waterbury Public Library. In case of rain, it will move inside. This event is open to anyone who plays an instrument and wants to play or sing along.
The jamboree’s main event, a Klezmer & Jazz Mashup concert, will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the American Legion. The show will feature accordionist Kula and an ensemble of local professional musicians performing Eastern European klezmer and American jazz songs. This concert is the only paid event ($15) of the jamboree. Buy your tickets online or at the door.
The jamboree ends on Sunday August 7 with a children’s concert called Klez4Kidz with live music and a book reading at Bridgeside Books, from 2-3pm. The featured story is the children’s picture book, “Klezmer!” by Kyra Teis. This family event is free and for all ages.
More information and tickets for the Saturday concert are online at sevendaystickets.com/events/klezmer-jazz-mashup-concert-8-6-2022.