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Gmish Klezmer Band 

When: Sun., Dec. 8, 3 p.m. 2013
Price: Free (but donations of canned food encouraged)
The name of Carrboro's Gmish Klezmer Band derives from a Yiddish expression meaning a hodgepodge. The name is certainly apropos for a group that combines the joyous, clarinet-leaning sounds of the traditional form with down-home Southern styles, including bluegrass and gospel. Originating centuries ago in Eastern Europe, klezmer music was traditionally meant for weddings and other celebrations and veers from mournful to joyous. While the group's approach doesn't aim for orthodoxy, it is sturdily grounded in history: The members have honed their craft by studying surviving examples of authentic klezmer on beat-up 78s, and they've spent hours busking passionately on the streets of Carrboro. —David Klein

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