Andrew and Polly
Andrew and Polly

The 7th Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF7) returns March 10 – 27 with a diverse line-up of local, national and international Jewish musicians performing in public venues around the city.

From opening night jazz sets by the award-winning New York based Hadar Noiberg Trio to the inaugural Teen Battle of the Bands finale event, AJMF7 has something for everyone.

This year’s performances also include the exotic, spiritual music of Canadian vocalist Aviva Chernick, playful children’s songs by interfaith duo Andrew & Polly, powerful beats by funkadelic DJs FSQ Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman and Sa’d “Hourchild” Ali (nephew of George Clinton) and infectious grooves from the unlikely mix of Yemenite folk music and Electronic Dance by Arab Israeli group A-WA.


“Our signature festival will once again be ‘bigger and better’ as we expand from two to three weekends and increase programming by over 50 percent,” noted Russell Gottschalk, founder and director of the AJMF. “We’re blessed by the incredible support of both the Jewish Atlanta and Atlanta arts communities. The backing from these communities enables AJMF to thrive while helping to solidify Atlanta as the Jewish cultural hub of the South.”

Synagogue partners include Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Congregation Bet Haverim, Congregation Beth Shalom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Or Hadash and The Temple.


March 10: Opening Night featuring Hadar Noiberg Trio
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $10-$20. All ages. Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hildberbrand Dr, Sandy Springs, 30328.

March 11: Jazz Shabbat Service with Hadar Noiberg Trio
6:30 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road, Sandy Springs, 30328.

March 12: Joe Buchanan – Americana with a Jewish Soul (Note venue change)
5 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Dr, Atlanta, GA 30350

March 13: AJMF All-Stars featuring Sammy Rosenbaum at Hunger Walk/Run
AJMF stage in Downtown Atalnta for city’s biggest fundraiser to support organizations fighting hunger. Begins Noon, Walk/Run 2 p.m. See ACFB website for registration details.

March 13: Klezmer Local 42
7:30 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, 30360.

March 18: Ruach Shabbat featuring Beth Tikvah musicians
6:30 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell, 30075.

March 18: Chant Shabbat ft. Gayanne Geurin, Will Robertson and Sunmoon Pie
7:30 p.m. Free and open to all ages.Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW, Atlanta, 30327.

March 19: Chant Shabbat ft. Gayanne Geurin, Will Robertson and Sunmoon Pie
10 a.m. Free and open to all ages. Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 Lavista Road, Atlanta, 30329.

March 19: Andrew and Polly – Children’s Concert
5:30 and 7 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, 30312.

March 20: Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Purim Family Concert featuring Andrew and Polly
10 a.m. Free and open to all ages. Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta, 30338.

March 20: Soulfarm at Kehilla Fest
7 p.m. Admission: $36 at door or in advance. All ages welcome. Atlanta Jewish Academy, 5200 Northland Drive, Atlanta, 30342.

March 22: AJMF House of Peace featuring FSQ (Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman and Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali)
10 p.m. Admission: $5 in advance or $10 at door. 18-plus show. Aisle 5, 1123 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

March 24: Music at the Mikvah featuring Aviva Chernick and Aaron Lightstone
7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. All ages show. MACoM, 700-A Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta, 30328

March 25: The Well featuring Rabbi Spinrad & Sammy Rosenbaum and other local musicians
8:30 p.m. Free for young professionals. The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, NE, 30309

March 26: Purim Party featuring A-Wa and Jaffa Road
9 p.m. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at door. 18-plus show. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St, NW, Atlanta, 30318.

March 27: Teen Battle of the Bands
1:30 p.m. Free and open to all ages. 595 North Event Center, 595 North Ave., Atlanta, 30318.

For tickets and information about all the bands, visit


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.