A line-up of local, regional, national and international musicians along with special services will highlight the 6th annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival from March 12-23.

Taking place at various venues around metro Atlanta, the event festival is the only annual celebration of Jewish music in the South.

“AJMF6 is going to be our biggest and best yet,” Founder and Director Russell Gottschalk said. “I’m most excited about the spotlight we’ve given Israeli performers at our main event, offering Atlantans and visitors from around the South a chance to connect to Israel here at home.”

The AJMF6 line up includes:

Opening Night featuring Jump Babylon: The festival begins March 12 with the Atlanta premier of Ska/Roots/Rock group Jump Babylon from Montreal. The event will be held at Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive. Doors at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Shabbat Service:?Ahavath Achim Synagogue and Congregation Bet Haverim musicians will celebrate the spirit and reach of sacred Jewish music through Kirtan chanting on March 13 at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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“Fortress” Release Event: Singer/songwriter Hannah Zale is releasing her debut solo record “Fortress” with Republic Records on March 14 at Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive. Doors at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.

Atlanta Community Food Bank Hunger Walk/Run: AJMF will produce a stage at the 31st annual Hunger Run Walk on March 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Turner Field. Musicians taking part include 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and Tony Levitas. Register for the walk at acfb.org.

Red Heifers:?Macon-based band Red Heifers will perform a concert rooted in modern improvisation of Klezmer, Zydeco and other world music styles on March 15 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Shabbat Ruach:?Join Rabbi Brian Glusman, Cantor Lauren Adesnik, Sammy Rosenbaum, and local musicians from the AJMF community for a Shabbat Ruach celebration on March 20 featuring timeless melodies, new creations and soothing grooves. The event will be at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive. Service begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Main Event: The festival Main Event featuring Israeli artists Yael Deckelbaum and Diwan Saz?is March 21 at Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., in Little Five Points. Doors at 7:45 p.m. and music 8:45 p.m. The show is for ages 13 and up.

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Interfaith Dialogue: Members of Diwan Saz will converse with community leaders on March 22 about their lives in the Middle East and how they are using music to promote peace. The event will be at the Emory Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive, at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Cantorial Showcase:?Cantors Adesnik, Hartman, Kassel and Margolis will join together to celebrate sacred music from across the ages on March 22 at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive. Doors at 4 p.m., music at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Holocaust Remembrance Concert:?Lead by Dr. Laurence Sherr, this event featuring Summit Trio and more will offer music of resistance and survival will create connections to the lost and forbidden voices of composers, songwriters and poets lost during the Holocaust.?The event will be held March 23 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

For tickets and details visit atlantajmf.org.

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.