Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Sway Machinery offers free concert in L.A.for Jewish New Year

JDub Records, home to Matisyahu, Balkan Beat Box and Michael Showalter, is excited to present a multimedia celebration of the Jewish New Year with a Jewish indie rock band The Sway Machinery. The event will take place at the historic Wilshire Blvd. Temple at 9PM on September, 17th 2009. Admission is FREE, and there will be an OPEN BAR reception in the courtyard of the temple before the show at 8PM.

This event is a singular opportunity to experience the Jewish New Year in a completely new way—one that abandons the staid, old-fashioned approach of traditional Judaism and revives Rosh Hashanah traditions with avant-garde performance art and music. This spectacle is undoubtably perfect for a cultural venue such as MOCA or The Getty Museum; however, the band decided to using a space with worship implicit in its design.

The Sway Machinery's lineup features a vibrant array of musicians for the Los Angeles event; led by vocalist and guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box, along with John Bollinger on drums, noted tenor sax player Matt Bauder and touring member of The Arcade Fire and frequent Tom Waits collaborator Colin Stetson on bass saxophone.

The performance will also feature a screening of Guggenheim Fellow Shawn Atkins' animated short film depicting the dawn of monotheism, The Akeidah.

9/17/ 09 @ Wilshire Blvd. Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd.
Open Bar Reception in the courtyard – 8PM / Performance – 9PM

About the Presenters and Sponsors:


JDub Records is a non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish music, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. JDub artists include Sway Machinery, Balkan Beat Box, Soulico, and Michael Showalter.,

Made Possible with Support From:
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles: Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists. In 2008, The Foundation and its nearly 1,200 donors distributed more than $65 million in grants to hundreds of organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving.


Reboot: Reboot is a catalyst to catalysts - a growing network of thought-leaders and tastemakers who work toward a common goal: to "reboot" the culture, rituals, and traditions we've inherited and make them vital and resonant in our own lives. 10Q is the brainchild of two rebooters: filmmaker, Nicola Behrman and New Yorker editor, Ben Greenman, who make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur meaningful with their online series of questions, one a day for ten days at

Nextbook Inc.: Nextbook Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes the discovery and discussion of Jewish literature, culture, and ideas. Through Nextbook Press, it produces the Jewish Encounters book series with Schocken/Random House, and it also operates Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine about Jewish life.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles: For nearly a century, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has been fulfilling the sacred mission of tikkun olam, the repair of the world, by supporting and funding organizations which serve the ever-changing needs of the community.

Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists: The Six Points Fellowship supports individual artists developing new projects with a Jewish focus, theme or element, and is a partnership of JDub Records, Avoda Arts, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, made possible through funding from UJA-Federation of New York. Hidden Melodies Revealed was originally created as a Six Points Fellowship Project.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple: Founded in 1862, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Reform Jewish congregation in Los Angeles that values both tradition and innovation. Temple operations span three campuses and include an elementary school, early childhood centers, a religious school and summer camps in addition to worship services. Its landmark sanctuary is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit

MySpace Music: MySpace Music includes a vast catalog of premium and promotional content, a wide selection of user-to-user sharing tools, and e-commerce opportunities for artists. MySpace Music aims to empower artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and purchase merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

Wente Vineyards: The country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture. In 2007, Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente spear-headed the launch of “Discover The Wine, Discover The Music,” an innovative promotional partnership with breaking artists, providing wine/music fans experiences not possible with conventional sponsorship. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit

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