The annual Boulder Jewish Festival will be Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m, on the Pearl Street Mall and Courthouse Lawn in downtown Boulder.
Festival entertainment this year is a mix of new and returning artists. Cowboy Hersh kicks off the festival with a special set for the younger crowd. Next up is a group new to the festival stage, Tofakhon. After a successful performance at Limmud, this is the first major performance of this Bukharian musical troup in Boulder.
The Lost Tribe returns with world music.
Sababa also returns this year. It turned to Kickstarter last June to raise funds for Shalosh, a new studio album. The Boulder Jewish Festival planning team jumped at the opportunity to help fund the Kickstarter campaign and booked them for this year.
New to the festival is Saul Kaye and his band, playing Jewish blues.
Finally, Or Zimrah, the band of Boulders Har HaShem, rounds out the festival lineup. This year they are excited to celebrate their first studio album.
The festival also provides an opportunity to learn about Jewish organizations and agencies in the Boulder-Denver area, a third of which are synagogues or faith communities. Another quarter are education-al. Several focus on Israel travel experiences and political action. Other groups, including Hazon, JFS and newcomer Bend The Arc, a Jewish partnership for justice, will also be represented.
Hungry visitors to the festival will have more food choices than ever. Parking in city lots and on city streets is free on Sundays.