Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
More than 1,500 people gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on the JCC Field for great music, great food, and great fun. The festival is the South Bay's biggest annual Jewish music event. In addition to an amazing lineup of local, national, and international musicians, there was food for sale from local restaurants and activities for the whole family, including a climbing wall, crafts, tie dye, balloon animals, and more. Our 2014 line-up included beloved children's rock band the Macaroons, yeshiva-boy punk rockers the Groggers, singer-songwriter Brian Joseph, and Israeli superstar David Broza. Read about the artists below.
View photos of the 2014 festival here!
The JCC gives a big thank you to all our Festival sponsors. This program would not have been possible without their support.
Schedule: click here for more details and a list of activities
|2:00pm||Food, vendors, and activities open|
|2:15pm||The Macaroons perform|
|3:30pm||The Groggers perform|
|4:45pm||Brian Joseph performs|
|6:00pm||David Broza performs|
|7:00pm||Food, vendors, and activities close|
One of the most dynamic singer-songwriter instrumentalists in the world, multiplatinum Israeli icon David Broza has won the hearts of audiences with magnetic performances and soulful lyrics. His virtuosic guitar playing fuses Israeli, Spanish, and English musical influences; his flamenco rhythms blend with intricate rock-and-roll finger picking. His enduring career has been defined by over twenty-five successful albums and numerous awards.
A steadfast humanitarian, Broza has worked to spread a message of peace through his music; since 1977, he has devoted substantial attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Songs such as the hit “Yihye Tov” and “Belibi” - a collaboration with the Palestinian music group Sabreen - have earned the performer accolades from critics and societies including Search for Common Ground, which applauds his commitments to peace. His dedication to promoting Israeli-Spanish relations and worldwide tolerance earned Broza a Spanish royal medal of honor from King Juan Carlos I in 2009.
The album Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt (2010) and Third Language (2011) have captured worldwide critical acclaim for fresh lyrics and expert instrumentals. Night Dawn sets Van Zandt’s poetry to original music by Broza, while Third Language was produced completely on the Internet - an unprecedented creative innovation in the music industry.
A powerful musician, passionate peace advocate, and music industry innovator, Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure.
What’s inside a mezuzah? What should you do if you drop your matzoh ball on the ground? Who’s the man we love to boo? The Macaroons address these important questions on their delicious debut album, Let’s Go Coconuts.
The Macaroons love big harmonies, irresistible melodies and a guitar-based sound that recalls eeverything from the Kinks to Queen to the Shins. A spin-off of the critically acclaimed band, The LeeVees, the Macaroons bring the catchy pop-rock with tunes like “Hurry Up And Light The Candle” and “Mezuzah.” Super-fun music for the young ones that parents will love too.
Brian took up piano at age five, followed by clarinet, bassoon, and choral singing. In high school he picked up guitar, because guitarists got more girls than bassoonists. No disrespect. It’s a very, you know, uh… cool instrument.
Brian continued performing in plays and studying music all throughout childhood, writing songs and composing. In college, Joseph majored in acting, and after earning his degree from CalArts in 1992, launched a successful acting career that led to several awards. His theater background helped him hone his stage presence and charm audiences as a performing songwriter.
He made four albums and toured for a decade at venues large and small around the country and around the world, and received many awards and accolades. But in 2004, Brian’s first child was born, and within a couple of years, Brian had left the road to raise his three children and began making music for television, theater and film.
Brian Joseph is quite tall and often bearded. He is known for not only his “exquisite tenderness and laugh-out-loud lyrics,” but also for his outrageous live show, which teeters between mayhem and poignancy, hilarity and depth. He plays every musical instrument you’ve ever heard of, makes a pretty good veggie lasagna, and he’ll let you take his picture if you’ll let him take yours.
His songs have been recorded by many other folks, and he’s shared the stage with loads of famous people. He’s won a bunch of awards.
The Groggers are a unique Jewish pop-punk band with a comic twist. Based out of New York, the band formed in early 2010 and took the Internet by storm with their controversial music video, "GET". The song, which brashly dealt with the delicate issue of a Jewish husband withholding a ritual divorce from his separated wife, sparked much controversy surrounding the video and the band. The uproar caught the attention of several prominent bloggers and websites, including those dedicated to the resolution of such sensitive domestic complications. After surviving their tumultuous Internet debut more determined than ever, The Groggers began work on their first full-length album and unveiled their second video "Eishes Chayil" in November of 2010. The new video featured Jewish music legend Rav Shmuel and was well received by critics and fans alike. In August 2011, they officially released their debut album "There's No 'I' in Cherem" which harnessed a powerful blend between unrelenting pop-rock melodies and perfectly crafted lyrics with soaring guitar solos and a whole lot of Chuptzah.
The band is currently working on their follow-up to 2011’s “There’s No “I” in Cherem”.