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Weekend Double – SlavFest and Futuna 13-14 April 2024

After a wild and wacky roaming set at Newtown Festival, the Klezmer Rebs are tuning up for a weekend of music in Wellington.

First is SlavFest 2024 – a free all day festival at Te Whaea School of Dance in Newtown, featuring 6 great Wellington Slavic/eastern European bands, artisan crafts, ethnic food, vocal groups and cultural dance. The Rebs will perform around 11.15am.

Then on 14 April we are in the intimate Futuna Chapel in Karori at 2pm

Klezmer Rebs gigs schedule for rest of 2023

Klezmer Rebs performance schedule for rest of 2023

Thursday 27 July Old St Pauls  12.30 – 1.15pm Musical Punch Over Lunch series 

Sunday 13 August Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series 2-3pm

Saturday 4 November Palmerston North Horokiwi Bowling Club – nighttime concert

Sunday 5 November Whanganui Jazz Club – nighttime concert 

The Klezmer Rebs return to Wellington with two shows in February 2023


See us perform as part of the SlavFest on Saturday 18 February as part of a rollicking Balkan-flavoured concert from 6pm. Tickets here

See three eastern European bands – Klezmer Rebs at 7, then Balkany and the incomparable Niko Ne Zne.

An intimate afternoon – Mana Little Theatre

Or come out on Sunday afternoon 19 February to lovely seaside Plimmerton for a hometown (for Reb David and Reb Rose) acoustic concert at the Mana Little Theatre. It Post Content is a tiny, intimate venue that seats just 40.

Purchase your tickets for the intimate, acoustic afternoon at Mana Little Theatre is concert here:

 Our last show at Mana Little Theatre sold out so make sure you get in early.


Until then, you can listen to/watch Klezmer Rebs on line:

Feast yourself on this little showcase promo of the Rebs’ recent performance at the iconic Smash Palace in Gisborne 

or you can view the whole concert on Smash Palace’s YouTube channel

Klezmer Rebs on Facebook –

Klezmer Rebs website with more videos and CDs to buy

Download Klezmer Rebs tracks or whole albums at

Rebs fizzy in Gizzy

With sparkling effervescence the Klezmer Rebs will open the bubbly for their first visit to Gisborne on 30 September, 1 & 2 October.

If you or your whanau/friends are up Gizzy way then come see the Rebs’ first live gig in 2022. Schedule is:

Friday 30 September Smash Palace Bar

Saturday 1 October Gisborne Beer Fest

Sunday 2 October St Andrew’s Church Lunchtime Concert (door sales)

Trio of Klezmer Rebs gigs in Gisborne

The Klezmer Rebs are rehearsing for 3 gigs in Gisborne 30 September, 1 & 2 October. We’ve got some new songs we are working on and a new-ish lineup with Saar Cohen on accordion and piano, Emma Wollum accordion, vocals and oboe!, Rose O’Hara on vocals and piano, Rob Edgecombe on bass, Amanda Maclean on drums trombone and helicon, Ana Henderson on violin and David Weinstein guitar, mandolin and vocals.

We will be performing Friday nite 30th September at the fabulous Smash Palace

Then we play 2 shows at the on Saturday 1 October.

Finally we play a sedate concert (after church services!) Sunday 2 October at St Andrew’s Church around 1pm.

It will be our first foray to Gisborne and we hope to make it memorable for all!

Klezmer Rebs at Green Party agm social

This Friday evening 6 August the Klezmer Rebs will shake tuchases at the Greens social event at Level 2/57 Willis Street in central Wellington.

Doors will open at 6pm (Rebs on stage at 9pm) for Green members and friends. There will be dinner and music performance from Finn Johansson, Klezmer Rebs, and Bek Coogan. Door sales only, eftpos & cash payments accepted.

Entry: waged $15, unwaged $5. Includes dinner and entertainment. Vegan and gluten free options provided. All funds raised through the bar go to Wellington province.

Rebs big weekend in wellington

It was a big weekend for the Klezmer Rebs. Welcoming Urs from Taranaki, Emma from Auckland and Amanda from Gisborne we navigated CubaDupa’s thousands and played a lively set Saturday at Hannah’s Courtyard, followed by a 45 minute roam through the Cuba district spreading klezmer joy! What a wonderful reception on the streets! Then Sunday we performed a special one off concert at Futuna Chapel where we were able to play some delicate and beautiful melodies in a resonant space. Here are some fotos from the gigs.

Its wellington’s turn

After 10 days on the road in the South Island, Wellingtonians get their chance to see the Rebs perform live.

First up is CubaDupa on Saturday 27 March. The Rebs do a mid afternoon set at Hannah’s Courtyard Stage, and then becoming roaming klezmorim bringing klezmer tunes up, down and around Cuba Street.

Then, for those who want a more intimate and less raucous time, the Rebs perform a (mostly) acoustic concert at the Futuna Chapel in Karori at 2pm. $10 at the door or through