photo/courtesy of the fillmore

Outside the box

What happens when an Israeli klezmer clarinetist and a punk rock drummer form a band? They go on to form a bigger one. Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat started playing together as Balkan Beat Box in 2004, soon adding in Jamaican dub step, funk, Gypsy folk, electronica and other genres to their eclectic fusion band, along with a half-dozen musicians. Balkan Beat Box attracted an international following and next week will perform on one of San Francisco’s famous stages: the Fillmore.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F. $22.50.


Beatles cover band. White Album Ensemble plays benefit concert for Peninsula JCC. At College of San Mateo Theatre, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo. 6:30 p.m. $100.

Singer-songwriter Ruth Gerson. Performs in a benefit for domestic violence advocacy group Shalom Bayit. 7 p.m. Free. For location, RSVP to [email protected]


Veretski Pass. Klezmer band performs folk songs, psalms and lullabies with San Francisco Choral Artists. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 4 p.m. Also March 17 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F. 8 p.m. Also March 18 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 4 p.m. $12-$25. 


Kids’ music. Electric folk and rock band Trout Fishing in America performs. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25.


Saul Kaye. Jewish blues musician performs “Rock ’n’ Roll Shabbat” concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Also March 17 at 8 p.m. $15. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville.


Cantorial and Jewish folk concert. Featuring Cantor Gregory Yakerson of Grand Choral Synagogue in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sponsored by Congregation Emek Beracha. At the Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free. [email protected]


Bustan Quartet. Jewish Music Festival presents Israeli Jewish and Arab ensemble, playing mix of classical Middle Eastern music and improvisational jazz. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25-$30.

Noa. Performance by Israeli recording artist. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $60-$75.