Mar 272017


The Austin Klezmer Bund Orchestra plays Honk Texas 2017! AKBO will plays around 6pm Friday evening at Tom’s on South Congress, around 6 pm Saturday night at East Arbor near Spiderhouse Cafe, and for the Parade Sunday at noon on the east side. Please visit for more details as they develop. HONK TX is a free community street music festival of (mostly marching) bands. All ages are welcome. Please pm Austin Klezmer Bund if you are interested in learning traditional Jewish folk music, i.e. Klezmer and Yiddish folk songs. AKBO is an all-levels-of-musicianship community ensemble.

Nov 072015


AUSTIN, TX – Austin-based non profit the Traditional Jewish Music Foundation is seeking sponsors to support free school classes and special learning events through the Austin Klezmer Bund.  The TJMF is a recently founded non-profit organization with a focus on supporting folk musicians through the production of learning events at Schools, libraries, and community spaces.  If you would like to support TJMF and the Austin Klezmer Bund, please contact

Jul 022015
Sherry Mayrent, of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

Sherry Mayrent, of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour​ and  Austiner Klezmer Bund​ are excited to present a 2-day workshop with Sherry Mayrent​ of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.  Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour has been learning from and playing with Sherry for several years and now want to share her passion for and wealth of knowledge in klezmer music with the Austin community.

There will be several opportunities to learn with Sherry.  Listed below are  times and possible class themes.  For a really powerful learning experience, plan to come to all classes.  Content will vary according to the people there.  Classes are open to anyone – all ages, all instruments or no instruments, all playing levels.
Monday, July 69:00noon, Slow jam with traditional
                                                      Yiddish tunes
                               2:00 – 4:00, Elements of Klezmer music
Tuesday, July 79:00noon, Slow jam with traditional
                                                      Yiddish tunes
                                2:00 – 4:00   Elements of Klezmer music
Classes will be held at a home in South Austin.  When you RSVP, we will send you the address.
In addition to the scheduled class times, Sherry is also available for sectionals or 1:1 instruction.  Please message here if you would like to schedule a time to meet with Sherry as an instrument sectional or 1:1, and we will do our best to accommodate if time permits.
Please RSVP so we can send you the address and plan for handouts, etc.
To RSVP, please email:
Mar 282015

Laaaaaadies & Menshn! It’s time for Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour with Di Austiner Klezmer Bund Orchestra TODAY as part of HONK TEXAS in the park – it’s FREE! Enjoy and have a restful Shabbes in the sun while listening to Trad Klez.
Saturday, March 28th: Adams-Hemphill Park at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
“Family Stage” (Hemphill @ 30th) 1-2 PM
Trudy’s Back Wall – 4:30-5 PM
aaaaaand tomorrow, Sunday, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour with Di Austiner Klezmer Bund Orchestra will be performing with a special guest at Pan-American Park (E 3rd at Chicon), during the big wrapup extravaganza of 25 HONK bands playing in quick succession! See the HONK!TX page for more details!