The Folk and Roots concert was a blast. We had a good crowd of enthusiastic dancers. Hopefully we play there again next year! Our next gig is at Bill’s Blues on July 24. When: Fri, July 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Where:  Bill’s Blues, 1029 Davis St, Evanston, IL… Read More

We’re playing at the Folk & Roots festival on Sunday, July 12, at the Dance Stage. There will be a quick hora (dance) lesson before we start. Come enjoy some dancing in the park! Plus, there are a ton of cool bands playing the rest of the day. ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra (aka the Alte Schteibeles)… Read More

About Us

ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra got their start in 2008 when several klezmer-loving musicians met at the Old Town School of Folk Music and decided to start a band.  Over the years we’ve expanded our repertoire to include Sephardic and Israeli folk songs as well as music from Yiddish theater.

Some of our notable performances include appearances at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, the Edgewater Arts Festival, the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, and more.

We love playing live and always get the crowd dancing!

Customer Testimonial

“Oh My Goodness! I will have to have you all back again.  The residents all had such had a wonderful time.  Thanks so much for coming–it was a great evening.  Everyone had such a great time!” – Activity Coordinator, Mather Place of Wilmette

Booking Information

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ChickenFat, backing up Jon Spiegel at MartyrsChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra, with Jon Spiegel at Martyrs’. Photo by Laurie Viets.