The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington Street) will present Ed Goldberg and The Odessa Klezmer Polka Band in a free concert Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
The band plays a variety of Eastern European, Latin and Middle Eastern music, including polkas and the czardas.
The band has performed since 1984 and has played at fairs and festivals, weddings and bar mitzvahs throughout the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. It has performed at Gracie Mansion and City Hall for NYC mayors Rudolph Guillani and Michael Bloomberg, and has toured Israel.
The band recently received the 2009 Just Plain Folks second place award for Klezmer Album Winners. Just Plain Folks is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals that provides a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians.
Loosely translated, Klezmer means musical instrument. Jews brought this form of music with them when they migrated to the United States. Klezmer music experienced a resurgence of interest in recent years as Jewish Americans began rediscovering their roots, according to the band’s Web site.
The popular movie, “Fiddler on the Roof,” featured Klezmer music.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register go to the Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call (732) 349-6200.