Visions of latkes danced in their heads

Sometimes it seems as if Christmas music and Chanukah music are engaged in a battle of the bands — one is Goliath, the other is underdog David (can you guess which is which?). The Idelsohn Society’s new CD release “Twas the Night Before Hanukkah” is a historical survey of music that traces the holiday’s evolution. A release party next weekend will feature performers Sway Machinery, Luther Dickinson, Thao and Rebecca Bortman, among others.

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F. $15-$18.


“Songs for Chanukah, Christmas and the Solstice.” Jazz-pop singer and poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) performs. At Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland. 8 p.m. $12-$15.

Matisyahu. Grammy-nominated singer and rapper with Hassidic, rock and reggae influences. At Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. (See story, 30)


Dana Berger and Dan Toren. Israeli singer-songwriters perform. At Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 10:30 p.m. $45-$55.


Meshugga Beach Party. Performance by surf guitar–style band whose members play dressed like Hassidic Jews. At Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 8 p.m. $20.


Klezmer Chanukah dance party. With Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio, Anthony Mordechai Russell, Bruce Bierman and Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Orkestar. At Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 9 p.m. $10-$20.

Sol Tevél album release show. Band led by Israeli-born Lior Ben-Hu focuses on connecting Hebrew roots with world cultures. At Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F. 9 p.m. $10-$13. (See story, 31)


“Pomegranates and Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music.” Veretski Pass, Oakland Folkharmonic and Inspector Gadje perform. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $22.50.


Chanukah with Kugelplex. Bay Area klezmer band performs. At Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th Street, Oakland. Noon. Free.


Meridian solstice party. Charming Hostess and Kugelplex perform dance music. At Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10.