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Sunday, June 28, 2015, 7:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
$20 advance, $22 door
Tickets: 1-800-838-3006 or CLICK HERE for Ticket Link
Local outlet: Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Ashland
Rating: Some adult humor
KOCH SIBS RETURN TO ASHLAND
Wacky Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch and her talented musician/actor brother David return to their hometown for a night of demented songs and stellar harmonies. They will be joined by special guests Lisa Spencer, Dal Carver, and other musical pals.
Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops… and you’ve got Seattle’s Lisa Koch. An irreverent singer/comedian, Koch has recorded 4 solo CD’s, is one-half of quirky sketch comedy duo, Dos Fallopia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Janis Ian, Lily Tomlin, The Indigo Girls and Kate Clinton.
Lisa has co-written such warped cabaret shows as “The Carpeters: Uncomfortably Close To You” (with brother David), “Deja Poo” and “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind”. She has appeared in two one-woman shows at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, composed Off-Broadway musical “27, Rue de Fleurus”, appeared on LOGO, and actually had one of her songs sampled by Jay-Z.
David Hunter Koch is an actor/director/producer/musician and teacher. David founded the legendary Cabaret de Paris in Seattle, and has performed and directed at ACT, Seattle Rep, Intiman, 5th Ave, Milwaukee Rep, MetroStage, and more. He is currently the director of popular children’s theater camp, SingOut Seattle, and freelances around the country as a director and producer.
DAVID & LISA
The Kochs grew up in Ashland and started their musical careers in the Rogue Valley, singing at the Mark Antony Hotel and the Hungry Woodsman. The duo even opened for Steve Martin. Lisa later joined rock band In Flight, and toured with local singer Lisa Spencer. David formed his own band (Scat), and toured the west coast. The Kochs were regular performers at popular Ashland club Jazmin’s, and they reunite for this concert with their former boss, David Zaslow (now Rabbi Zaslow).
Tickets are $20 advance, $22 door. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com (800-838-3006), and can also be purchased locally at The Music Coop, 181 A St., Ashland.
“Hearing Seattle’s Lisa Koch is one of life’s wickedest pleasures… her brand of absurd confessional comedy is clearly resonating with millions of fans.” –Curve Magazine
“Lisa Koch. She’s definitely outrageous and irreverent. She’s definitely not to be missed.” –Ashland Tidings
“…Lisa Koch picks up where Bette Midler left off…” –Music Connection
“Koch is a powerhouse…” –Medford Mail Tribune
COMEDY ROAST AND TOAST HONORING RABBI DAVID ZASLOW, June 2014
On Sunday night, June 1,2014 we roasted, toasted and honored our beloved Rabbi David Zaslow in celebration of his 20 years of leadership at Havurah Shir Hadash. CLICK HERE to see just what a wonderful evening it was! Just click on the first photo to scroll through the album in full size.
As Havurah members and friends arrived, the shock on their faces was, let’s say, remarkable! The Havurah was utterly, completely, unrecognizably transformed into a dramatic, elegant nightclub. Cocktails and champagne flowed, great food was served and the Paul Shmeling band warmed us with fine jazz.
Our Rebbetzin, as the incomparable mistress of ceremonies, entertained and delighted, and the evening unfolded with a comedic lineup that had everyone roaring with laughter from start to finish. Friends and comedians par excellence regaled us with memories, true (and not-so-true) stories and lots of shtik about our favorite rabbi.
Hal Dresner set the tone for the evening. Lisa and David Koch roasted Reb David in three wickedly funny comedic skits complete with music and original lyrics. Paula Flowers and David Gabriel sang “This Rabbi Makes You Like the Jews” and had old friends and Havurahniks singing the chorus all together. Jan and Marcia Chaiken were hilarious as George Burns and Gracie Allen. Jazz pianist Patty McCoy got a standing ovation for her beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Devorah and Ayala told the story of Reb Dovid of Zaslov trying to interpret an ancient teaching that turned out to be a recipe for kreplach. Bruce Morris and Maggidah Cassandra Sagan came all the way from P’nai Or in Portland to imitate Rabbi David leading a Bar Mitzvah. Ron Burgess got the County Sheriff (yes, the REAL County Sheriff) to come and pretend to arrest the Rabbi…for alleged prior offenses from his early days in Ashland!
Watching Rabbi David, who was seated on a high chair just to the right of the stage, doubling over in laughter until the tears ran down his face was priceless.
It was an enchanted evening that folks have been talking about ever since. Not only was it one of the most delightfully classy, side-busting events the Havurah has ever seen, but we also successfully met our financial goal to support Rabbi David’s position for this fiscal year. Our deepest thanks go to all of you who participated, from near and far, in this extraordinary tribute.
Congratulations to Reb David on his 20th anniversary with the Havurah! He has enriched our lives and our community immeasurably and we look forward to his continued outstanding leadership in the years to come.