MARBLEHEAD — The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore will host the Concert on the Hill: A Celebration of Music and Community on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The family-friendly outdoor concert will feature The Afro-Semitic Experience, an inspiring band specializing in ethnic world music. The group merges musical roots, Jewish and Afro-diasporic melodies and grooves, and combines the core concepts of ofàse and shalom: power, action, unity and peace.
The concert begins at 2 p.m. with openers Two Shekel Swing. The band blends Yiddish swing and shtetl nostalgia, and blurs the lines between Klezmer, the folk music of Eastern European Jews, and Gypsy Jazz, the Parisian swing music of the 1930s. The result is a transcendent musical experience whose rhythmic drive and soulful character are universally easy to love.
This is the first outdoor concert of its kind to be presented at the JCCNS. “We are thrilled to bring our community together for this diverse musical event, one that ignites passion and purpose,” said Executive Director Marty Schneer. “As a community center, it is imperative that we seek ways to celebrate our common humanity through music, community and cultures.”
Sharon and Howard Rich, longtime supporters and Cultural Benefactors at the JCCNS, will sponsor this inaugural event. “We are enthusiastic about bringing this multicultural event to the JCC,” said Sharon. Howard added, “We believe it is important that the J is welcoming to diverse members of our North Shore Community and this type of event will help to solidify the mission to be inclusive.”
The concert will run from 2-4 p.m. on the outdoor field at the JCCNS and will offer activities for families with children, including balloon animals and face painting. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from Bent Water Brewing of Lynn and the Sweet Truck. Seating is general admission and admission is $5 per person (kids are free).
For more information, go to www.jccns.org. To purchase tickets, call 781-631-8330.