Geoff Berner

Previously Performed in: 2016, 2011, 2007
(BC)  Alternative, Singer-Songwriter

Is Geoff Berner attempting to demolish traditional notions of klezmer music or is he giving punk a jolt of creativity from somewhere beyond left field? Only Berner knows for sure, but listening to him wail away on his accordion through songs that blend and merge these seemingly unconnected poles is well worth the effort. Berner’s klezmer is infused with raw energy, smatterings of hip-hop, touches of electronica and a sly sense of humour. His repertoire includes a Yiddish cover of David Bowie’s “Always Crashing in the Same Car” and songs that encourage swinging chickens (for good luck) and keeping it light enough to travel. In short, he’s not to be missed. SM

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