1.21.2020

Old Bridge, NJ –  Jan. 21, 2020 – The Old Bridge Public Library is pleased to offer the community the following special musical performances in February:

Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band: Sat. Feb. 8th @2:30pm. As part of the Library’s popular Second Saturday Concert Series, the Odessa Klezmer Band will return to the Library under the direction of Ed Goldberg. The band has been together since 1984 playing Klezmer music and celebrating the great variety and wealth of the musical heritage of Eastern Europe, Latino, and Middle Eastern music, including polka and czardas.  Well-known among Klezmer musicians, Goldberg has performed at Carnegie Hall on four occasions and has made over 125 recordings of Polish, Ukrainian, Country, Israeli and Klezmer dance music. Four of his recordings have won Grammy Awards; more information is available at: www.odessaklezmer.com.  This concert is being generously co-sponsored by Gary Matoren, in memory of his daughter Debbie Lynn Matoren.

Song and Dance of the Roaring 20s: Sat. Feb. 15th @2pm.  Singer Christine DeLeon will share the music of the 1920s “Jazz Age” when Vaudeville was considered the best show in town.  She’ll lead interesting discussions about American culture and musical icons of the decade, and will entertain with treasured songs such as “Blue Skies,” “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue” and the popular dance “The Charleston.” Often compared to Judy Collins and Joan Baez, DeLeon was chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, was a winner in the 2014 Recording Artists Development Singing Contest, and a three category nominee in the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. More information is available at: www.christinedeleon.com.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, unexpired donation for the Old Bridge Food Bank to these free events.

The Old Bridge Public Library has consistently been voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about these and other Library programs is available at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch (temporarily closed) is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.

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