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Music for a mensch

A memorial celebration in San Francisco for financier and music lover Warren Hellman, who died in December, will call up the Bay Area philanthropist’s generous spirit, with performances on two stages by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Poor Man’s Whiskey, John Doe, Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Earl Keen, Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Boz Scaggs and more. Like the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival that Hellman founded, the memorial concert is free.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 on the Great Highway between JFK Drive and Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Free. Live streaming at


Emmanuel Witzthum. Acoustic, experimental musical works connecting Berkeley to Jerusalem. At Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free.


KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. Three-day event with workshops, music, sing-along, dance and literature. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Also Feb. 19 and 20.

The Klez-X. Concert and dance party with klezmer music, Yiddish folk songs and modern jazz. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $25-$45.


“Jewish Chronicles.” Daniel Cainer sings stories about feuding tailors, a cocaine-addicted rabbi, his parents and more. At the Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. $15-$35.


Eastern European Jewish music. With Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 8 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 25 on a yacht in Emeryville, a benefit for the Jewish Music Festival. 7:30 p.m. $60-$120.


Hadag Nahash. Jewish Music Festival presents Jerusalem superstars performing mix of hip-hop, funk, reggae, rock. At the Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland. 9 p.m. $21-$26.


George Komsky. Bay Area native sings. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $30-$40.

Michael Winograd Ensemble. Jewish Music Festival presents West Coast debut program of klezmer, folk and chamber music, with vocalist Judith Berkson. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $21-$26.


Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine. Jewish Music Festival presents chamber-jazz suite featuring Goldberg, Marla Melford, Carla Kihlstedt, others. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkley. 8 p.m. $21-$26.