Chabad of Grove to present Avenue J alt-rock concert

Chabad of the Grove will present Avenue J, an alternative/Indie rock concert with a Jewish flavor and a lot of great music, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at The Barnacle, at 3485 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove. The historic Grove setting location and tropical hardwood hammock is the perfect setting for this groundbreaking event. Avenue J promises an evening under the stars with plenty of great new music.

“We’re really excited to be offering this event at The Barnacle, which is an iconic Grove location and really beautiful for an outdoor evening event,” said Rabbi Getzy of Chabad in the Grove. “We’ll have the breezes from the bay and a setting of Old Florida history for this very New Age Florida event.”

Because this is Alternative/Indie rock, the artists have widely differing styles, so there is likely to be something that will become a new favorite for everyone. Alternative and independent music is a good antidote to the mass-produced mainstream and, in the case of Avenue J, very much in keeping with the Chabad mission of promoting the enrichment of life through celebrations of Jewish culture.

“Having these new artists bring their music to Coconut Grove, we feel, at Chabad, is a great way to reach people who might not ordinarily go to a Jewish or Chabad event,” Rabbi Fellig said. “Some of the music is more specifically Jewish, whether in style or in lyrics, some of it less so, but at all times we have something different going on, something that nurtures the individual soul.”

The concert’s headliners, “The Breslov Brothers,” are a story in themselves. Reality TV rock stars Ari and Gil Gat are brothers who perform classic rock standards while looking like the wedding band in Fiddler on the Roof. Their recent success on Rising Star — the Israeli answer to American Idol — is proof that the mainstream world loves their take on rock standards such as Hotel California and The Sound of Silence. Ultra-Orthodox Jews typically do not watch much TV and neither Ari nor Gil personally own a television set. “The Breslov Brothers” appearance at Avenue J will be their first appearance in the U.S. following their success on Israeli TV.

Other artists hail from different parts of the U.S. Distant Cousins is a multi-layered collaboration of three musicians from Los Angeles; Levi Robin currently touring and opening for Matisyahu, comes from Brooklyn, and Aaron Holder is a local from Miami Beach.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit online at Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from the website. Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the ambience of The Barnacle. Avenue J will be a night to remember and Chabad in the Grove is proud to be bringing this unique event to South Florida.

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