The annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival was held on Sunday, August 17, 2014, Noon - 6 pm at the Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, New York, 10595. Over 1,200 people turned out for a day of music, dance, art, food and fun!
Presented by The Westchester Jewish Council, The Westchester Klezmer Program, The Workmen’s Circle, and Kol Hazzanim – The Cantors of Westchester in cooperation with Westchester County Parks, the festival was the last of the annual summer ethnic heritage festivals series. These events are free and open to the public and are held rain or shine. Attendees brought chairs, blankets, and picnics, and kosher food and snacks were available for purchase. A vendor exhibition area including Jewish Art/Judaica was open throughout the festival.
The event headliner was Hasidic New Wave, whose music blends together an intense mixture of ethnic and cosmopolitan sounds and fuses spiritual songs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and jazz, Arabic dances with avant-garde rock, and juxtaposes horas and freylekhs with sheer
improvisation. Other musical performers included the Westchester Klezmer Program Band, Kol Rinah, Kol Hazzanim – The Cantors of Westchester, The What’s Up Band and the Shlomones. Magician Phil Klipper and face painter Andrea McCafferty were also on hand to provide family fun at the event, and Camp Zeke sponsored and led Israeli dancing.
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