A man and a woman standing under a tree, both holding guitars
Singer-songwriter duo Eric & Happie are the headlining this year's Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival. (Photo/ericandhappie.com)

‘Camping’ and Jewish indie folk at Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

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The Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival is coming up, and this year’s theme is “camping” — though there will be no actual overnight camping, a popular feature at many outdoor music festivals.

The eighth annual event will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, on the sports field at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos. There will be three bands, food trucks, a wine and beer garden and song circles (between acts) around what event organizers describe as an “artificial campfire.”

Consistent with the camping theme, kids activities will include fishing and bird watching games, “solar cooking” of s’mores, and a “campsite” with tents, hammocks and a slackline (tightrope).

According to the JCC’s Maya Jacobson, wine will be provided by Hagafen Cellars of Napa Valley and beer likely will come from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Eating options will include items from food trucks Falafel Fresh and Crepe ’Em Coming, plus other vendors (not included in the admission price).

As for the music, the band RocKid will kick things off at 2:30 p.m. RocKid is a family-oriented band that plays Israeli childhood classics.

Up next, at 4 p.m., will be three members of Pharaoh’s Daughter, a New York-based band that plays “neo-Hasidic world music” with a “lush Mediterranean genre-bending sound,” according to a band synopsis.

The headliner this year, set to take the stage at 5:30 p.m., is the singer-songwriter duo Eric & Happie from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman blend “folk harmonies with indie sensibilities,” according to a band description, with “melodies inspired by the warm harmonies of American folk music” and “the contagious hooks of modern indie pop.” They will play songs from their debut Jewish indie folk album, “Hamavdil,” and adding to the festival’s “camp” theme, they met at Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania in 2008.

The festival will be held at the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, with discounts for seniors, students and APJCC members. Children under 6 are free, and free parking is available in the JCC parking lot. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs and some cash, as most vendors don’t accept credit cards. More info at apjcc.org.

Gabe Stutman
Gabe Stutman

Gabe Stutman is the news editor of J. Follow him on Twitter @jnewsgabe.