Berkeley Bacchanal at the Starry Plough Pub presents
8-10pm: Susan Felix “Stay Amazed” Dance Party with Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band and Friends
10pm and onwards: Michelle Alany and the Mystics!
Saturday, March 18
The Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Doors open at 7 pm
“Stay Amazed” was the motto of Susan Felix, a remarkable woman renowned in many community, art, and dance circles in Berkeley who lived an inspired 85 years and continues to inspire even after her passing February 4, 2023. Susan was known for her joy, her wisdom, her humor, her kindness, her creativity and artistic expression, her care in relationships, her fabulous outfits, and her exuberance on the dance floor. As a continuation of the many events marking, mourning, and celebrating her life, we are dedicating this dance party to her. Dancing was one of her true loves and is a fitting way to celebrate her and to carry on her spark of joy. And as we come together in steps, songs, and circles, we’ll also collectively raise money to support Susan’s family and help offset medical bills and expenses they are facing from extended care for Susan and her granddaughter. Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band will donate their proceeds from the night to Susan’s family. Read more about Susan in Berkeleyside, and the J Weekly. Hear Susan talk about her life here.
Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band will feature an extended cast of ~16 performers, including Bruce and Gilberto leading dance!
Then Michelle Alany and the Mystics will continue the party!
See you there, and Stay Amazed and Amazing!
Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band performs music for weddings, b’nei mitzvah parties, and all manner of concerts and celebrations around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our sound draws from our modern cosmopolitan surroundings while being firmly rooted in traditional Jewish folk music tracing centuries back from Eastern Europe.Our music brings people together and lifts their spirits and energies. We strive to keep it “all good man” where ever we perform.
Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band:
Mike Perlmutter – clarinet
Zina Pozen – accordion
Chris Bastian – bass
Johnny Blood – helicon
Ivan Velev – tapan
Sean Tergis – doumbek/tapan; Jonathan Kipp – percussion, accordion, vocals, vibraphone
Bruce Bierman – dance leader
Gilberto Melendez – dance leader
With special guests
Josh Wirtschafter – violin
Diane Wirtschafter – vocals
Ariel Luckey – vocals
Michael Saxe-Taller – baritone horn
Achi Ben Shalom – guitar and vocals
Gerry Tenney – mandolin and vocals
Peter Bonos – trumpet
Michelle Alany & The Mystics (Balkan, Klezmer and Sephardic-inspired all-stars)
a fiddle-driven musical feast of Mediterranean and Eastern European-inspired folk and original music. The band brings together players that share years of international touring, cross-cultural collaborations and depth of musicianship. It features captivating Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Balkan and Klezmer original and traditional melodies on clarinet, accordion, percussion and strings. Check out their three-minute sampler.