A yor geyt, a yor kumt… (Onward 2014)

Well, 2013 was certainly an amazing year!  A lot of firsts took place, from our first forays outside of Boise, which included our first trip to the Northwest Folklife Festival, to releasing our first CD, it was really the start of lot of things that we hope to continue in the future.  Looking back, one of the most gratifying things about 2013 was the number of excellent artists that we had the opportunity to play with.  For years we’ve listened and looked up to acts like Vagabond Opera, Hawk and a Hacksaw, and Nu Klezmer Army.  To not only share venues with them, but to also gain their respect and friendship (and that of many other wonderful people as well!) really has meant a lot to us this past year.

Although some people have moved on, we’re also extremely grateful for the band members and friends that have stayed with us over the years.  It always amazes me what our bandmates bring to the mix, and it is very humbling and gratifying that they continue to work with us month after month, year after year.  We would not be able to do what we do without them.

This has also been an extremely challenging year, as it’s been the first full year that both Victoria and I have been going back to school full time.  Doing our best in our classes, raising four children, dealing with life well below the poverty line, *and* keeping the band moving forward has been an immense workload.  We were very fortunate that a lot of forward momentum (and some measure of our musicianship) carried us through 2013, as we were much less aggressive about developing material and finding gigs than we have been in the past.  And for what it’s worth, none of it is going to get any easier any time soon – we’re still both in school, still have all four kids, and we’re still poor.

Which doesn’t mean that we’re coasting through 2014 – far from it!  Right now we’re working on a hefty amount of new material, and we already have a number of high profile shows and plans in the works.  Starting with the Big, Badass Bellydance Show in February. From there, hopefully this will be the year that we find a place in the Treefort Music Festival.  And we’re planning our return trip to the Northwest Folklife Festival.  We’re also well in the works of bringing some very special friends and mentors to Boise for the second annual Idaho Jewish Cultural Festival.  I believe that there’s also going to be a focus on playing shows in smaller, more family friendly environments – like the Shangri-La Tea Room and the High Note Cafe.  For the new material, I think it sounds more like a real traditional Klezmer band, and also more like ourselves than anything we’ve done before.  For various reasons, there’ll be more of me playing double bass on a lot of our songs, plus more of my own translations as opposed to us just performing songs verbatim in Yiddish/Romani/etc.

So there certainly is a lot to look forward to, and for us to get to work on!  An enormous, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has come with us this far.  May we make many more friends and have many more musical adventures in 2014 and beyond!

Curtis Stigers Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza 2013

We were honored and delighted to take part in Curtis Stigers’ Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza this year!  The crowd was very enthusiastic, and it’s always great to have so much fun supporting such a great cause.  Pictures were taken and kindly shared by Andy Lawless.

We Reached Our Kickstarter Goal!

[box] We want to thank everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to you, we will be able to get our long awaited first CD printed! The campaign is STILL OPEN through Monday, June 3rd. If you haven’t contributed yet, you still can, and take advantage of special offers only available through this campaign – such as the limited, high-quality prints of our cover art signed by the artist; or the opportunity to book FSKB for your private event for only $150, or to have a Squeezebox-O-Gram by Matthew Vorhies for $50. Since the campaign has reached its goal, you know you’re going to get what you pledge for, so don’t wait until it’s too late!

There will be surveys and probably individual emails going out once the campaign closes, but just to give those who have pledged a head’s up on how this is going to go down:

Between getting the funds, proofing, manufacturing the discs, and receiving them, there’s a total time of about 2-3 weeks depending on how soon the funds go through. We’ll make arrangements to distribute them after that. As of this moment, we are 100% go on our end – we’re just waiting on the money.  We’re planning on having a CD release party in early July, and for the local folks that would be the best time to claim your pledge rewards. That way they can be accounted for, *and* it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the people who made the campaign a success. Some of our merchandise is currently available. If you have pledges involving multiple items, you’ll receive them as a whole when we have all of the items involved. It would just be too difficult to sort out who already has what from each reward level, and we really want full accountability to make the campaign a success on our end. So if you’ve made a pledge, and then attend one of our shows in the meantime, and want, say, a shirt, it will have to be separate from the shirt that’s part of your pledge reward. Sorry if that seems confusing, but we need to keep our merch sales separate from the Kickstarter rewards.

So once again, thank you so much for your support! We look forward to carrying on even more Klezmer mishegas in the future, and everyone’s welcome to come along for the ride![/box]

 

Northwest Folklife Festival 2013

We had so much fun at the Northwest Folklife Festival!  What a crazy, intense, and beautiful experience!  If you’ve never been to it, it’s hard to explain the enormous mass of stuff that is the Folklife Festival.  For those living in Idaho, imagine the Hyde Park Street Fair, multiply it by about 10, *then* add the Boise Curb Cup on top of it (but without the tokens).  And then make it four days long.  Lots of shows were happening on 24 (!!!) stages for the entire weekend, and then you had small groups of buskers down every walkway and bordering every park.  And then there were the food and merchandise vendors.

The organization was excellent.  Victoria said that getting registered was a bit hairy, but our stage had a stage manager, an MC, and an audio engineer, and what’s better; all three knew what they were doing!  The crowd seemed to really enjoy what we were playing and aside from some drum mic’ing issues it would be hard to imagine a smoother ride, especially given the circumstances.

We also would like to thank Mai Li of The Debaucherauntes for everything she did to make the Klezmer Folklife Afterparty happen.  If she had balls, she certainly busted ’em on this one, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to play with and for the likes of Nu Klezmer Army, Bucharest Drinking Team, Erev Rav, and The Debaucherauntes themselves.  Sound issues kept things from being as tight as they could have been, but hopefully round two will be in the not-so-distant future!!

Here’s a few pictures from our experience.  There’s also pictures and some video from our performance.  I’ll try and update this gallery with them once I track down the originals…

Happy New Year!

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As I write this, the sun has just set on the last day of 2012, and what a year it has been! It all started a few years back, with Victoria and I just wanting to play the music that we loved, the way that we wanted to play it. It’s really amazing to think of the people who have indulged us, or even have come along for the ride. I’d like to thank the venue owners, organizers, and fans who have supported us this past year, especially Sam Stimpert for helping us get the Diego’s Umbrella show, and Eric Gilbert for getting us into the Alefort lineup.  These were some of our first forays on our own outside of the “usual” bar gig, and we’re humbly grateful to have been considered for those events.

Ending this year on a *really* good note, Danielle Demaray has finished our cover art for our upcoming CD (see above, or visit our facebook page for a closer look), and we had our last recording session yesterday. The first part of January will involve me getting the recordings cleaned up and ready for mastering, the last part will involve the mastering itself. Getting the funds for printing CDs is a challenge, but we may be getting a Kickstarter campaign together, involving pre-sales, autographed prints of Danielle’s cover art, and perhaps us playing for a party of your choice, but we’re still working on that – stay posted!

2013 is going to be amazing! Our long awaited first album *will* be finished within the next two months.  From there, we get everything that we’ve built over the past three years, *plus* we’re now adding Hollace McMeirce to our lineup, and totally revamping our set list. Much more Klezmer, Russian, Romani, and Balkan goodness will be added in the very near future!

For shows, we have a tentative gig that we’re putting together at the Red Room on Jan 30th (details TBA), a very definite part of The Big, Badass Bellydance Show on Feb. 1st, then we’ll be bringing in Purim with Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho on Feb. 24th, and another tentative gig where we’ll rejoin our friends from Portland, Insomniac Folklore, on Feb 26th. Plans are also in the works for us to leave town once or twice in the summer!

And that’s life on Fleet Street right now! May you all have a happy and healthy new year!

-Shlomo

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Na Zdrovye! To past, present, and future!


 

 

 

Oy, November was an extremely eventful month!  First off, we now have three fully mastered tracks currently for sale on CD Baby, and on our own website!  This is pretty huge by us.  Between different recording methods, lineup changes, this is something that we’ve been working very hard to achieve for over two years.  We have about ten more tracks ready for mastering, and three more to record, and then we’ll have the album we’ve always wanted.  We would *love* to give you a hard and fast release date, but the time and money to finish this project have been extremely hard to come by.  We’re still hoping to have the album itself finished by the end of the year, though we may have to wait until early spring for printing actual CDs.

We would also like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us at the 2012 RAWards.  An absolutely heroic effort was put in by everyone to bring the most energetic performance we could muster, and our gratitude goes towards everyone who came, partook, and enjoyed it.

In other news, we’re very pleased to announce the addition of Hollace McMeirce to the band!  Hollace comes to us from Salt Lake.  Born and raised in the SLC area, Hollace has spent years studying Persian Art Music and other Oriental musical styles on a variety of plucked strings, such as a banjo he built and configured himself to mimic the traditional Persian saz.  When he isn’t playing with us, he’ll also be playing bouzouki in his improvisational music/dance duo “Drodna” (with his lovely fiance, Akasha, doing the dancing)

Our website has also gone through major updates!  New pictures have been added, our tracks are available for sale there, the navigation has been simplified and is now 100% mobile/tablet friendly.  The “About” section reflects our current lineup and now includes all members in one nifty frame.

Another change is that we’re going to *try* to use facebook differently.  Yes, facebook is nice, even essential.  Since most folks are on it, it’s easier to add to your news crawl than to try to get your attention elsewhere.  Also, when someone else takes pictures of us and posts them, it’s far easier to share than to track them down, upload the pictures to our site, and give them proper credit.  However, as some of you are very aware, facebook has changed the rules in who gets our updates.  This has drastically impacted our exposure there.  So now we are going to *try* to get in the habit of updating our website, and *then* sharing the updates on facebook.  This way, you can subscribe to our newsletter or RSS feed and get everything, and there’s always facebook besides.

So, onward!  On December 8th, we’re kickin’ off Chanukah in style with our 3rd annual Chanukah party at the Shangri-La Tea Room.  Bring the kids, the gelt, and your dancin’ shoes!

April News

Whew!  March was certainly a busy month for us, and April has much in store as well!  First we want to thank David Roberts from Brewforia and Eric Gilbert for the awesome opportunity to play at Ale Fort during the Treefort Festival.  From our host, to the audience, to the other acts, we were in excellent company.  We had a great time, enjoyed the beer, and made some new friends to boot.  Pictures from the event are on our facebook page, and Shlomo will be working on getting a gallery up on the website tonight as well, hopefully by the time you read this.  Also a huge thank you to Salt Tears Coffee House for hosting us on St. Patrick’s Day, and to District 19 Flamenco for joining us.  May it be the start of more beautiful and fun things to come!

Our designer beer glasses came and are available for sale at our shows!  Shlomo is currently working on setting up an online store on our web page, and that should hopefully be up and running by the end of this week.  We’ll be sending an announcement through our email list when that happens, so if you get another email from us in the next few days, that’s what it’s about.

We also should be having t-shirts available shortly!  We just have to nail down a few design decisions and we’ll get that order off.  Hopefully we’ll have them available for sale in time for our show at Shangi-La on the 21st.  And as soon as we do have them, they’ll be available for order from our store as well.

 

We will be performing as part of the Liquid Forum this Wednesday, at Liquid, starting at 5:30.  Our next full show will be at Shangri-La Tea Room on April 21st, at 6:00.  We’ve been adding some new songs to the old favorites, and we might even have a few more polished up by then, so be sure to stop by and we’ll see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet Street Klezmer at Brewforia’s Ale Fort!

Fleet Street Klezmer is pleased to announce that we will be performing for Brewforia.com’s Ale Fort event on March 25th from 7-8 PM. This event is side-by-side with the Treefort Music Fest going on the same weekend!

$25 for 3 days of unlimited samples and live music. Vote to award the Golden-Keg to your favorite brewery. Win swag and meet the brewers while drinking their exclusive Ale Fort releases!

The Ale Fort tent will be located in the Linen Building’s parking lot, so you have super easy access while attending other Treefort venues!

Unlimited samples, great price, great music!!! Don’t you love Boise?

Where: Ale Fort tent in the Linen Building Parking lot

When: Friday-Sunday, March 23-25th during the Treefort Music Fest

How much: $25 for the entire three days of Ale Fort (not Treefort) that gets you unlimited beer samples and live music at the Ale Fort tent. Tickets can be purchased at Brewforia or other participating breweries!

Purchase your wristband here: http://brewforia.com/product-spotlight/treefort-music-festival-ale-fort-beer-festival.html

Fleet Street Klezmer Band will be performing on Sunday, March 25th from 7-8 PM!

October News

Hey everyone!

First, I wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Sidonia Miller and all the *awesome* folks who came and danced with us at the Hyde Park Street Fair. And to the College of Idaho and Bitner Vinyards for hosting the ‘Taste of the Harvest’ festival and inviting us to play. It is events like these that make the Treasure Valley such a great place to live and work and play. Thank you!

October is looking to be a busy month for us! For starters, we will be playing on October the 9th at the Idaho Renaissance Fair, from 3:00 – 4:00. So klezmer may not *exactly* be Renaissance, but we’ll make it work. We are also playing at Capital City Market on the 15th, from 10:00 – 1:00. We will also be playing TWO shows at Linder Farms – on the 20th and the 22nd, from 6:30 to 8:30. We *may* do something interesting with the costuming on that second date, but we’ll be keeping that under wraps right now.

Production on the EP continues very well, and we’re currently looking at a release sometime either at the end of October or the beginning of November at the latest. As soon as we have a solid release date, we will send out a special announcement. So y’all will be the first to know.

And that’s all the news that we have right now. Hope to see you soon!

FSKB @ Hyde Park Street Fair!

FINALLY! Hyde Park Street Fair is not on a major Jewish holiday, so we can come out and perform for one of Boise’s best ‘known’ secrets! Hyde Park Street Fair is one of the most fun late summer events around with excellent music, dance, vendors and probably more patchouli than you could shake a stick at! But hey, that’s cool with us! Come see us, 7:30pm on Saturday Sept. 17th at the Community Stage as we klez up Hyde Park!