Ravid Kahalani photo/courtesy of oshman family jcc

Musical universe

Yemen Blues, a group of accomplished musicians who blend traditional Yemenite melodies with blues, jazz and funk, will perform Nov. 17-18 in Palo Alto and San Rafael. Band leader Ravid Kahalani, an Israeli who grew up in a traditional Yemenite family, founded the group with Israeli composer Omer Avital in 2010. Together with musicians from New York, Israel and Uruguay, they’ve become known for their unusual blend of cultures, sounds, Yemenite singing and celebratory concerts.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $37-$50. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $35-$40.


“The Gershwin Legacy.” Multimedia show and concert in remembrance of George Gershwin led by soprano Ronit Widmann-Levy and composer and lecturer Nurit Jugen. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15.


Yiddish sing-along. Led by musician Achi Ben Shalom. At Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st St., Oakland. 3 p.m. $10. (510) 528-8872.