Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



A “run-out” is when a band plays out of town and doesn’t stay overnight.  The group drives back the same day.

Cleveland is within 200 miles of Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Columbus and Detroit.  That’s a lot of “run out” possibilities.


Running-out is similar to the regional airline pilot’s life. You sleep in a semi-reclining seat, eat junk food and hope you don’t crash.

My wife, Alice, went on a road trip with Yiddishe Cup to Buffalo, New York.   That was her first one — after what, 20 years?  She had always refused road trips.  (She’s a dance leader.  Daniel Ducoff, our other dance leader, couldn’t make the Buffalo gig.)

The whole undertaking was 13 hours: four hours of playing, seven hours of driving, and two hours of  setting up and tearing down.

Alice aged a year that day, she said.  She had been “hit by a truck,” she said.

Pace yourself, Alice.  Take catnaps.  Drink a lot of fluids.  Eat an apple every day at 4 p.m.; if you do, you will be on Yiddishe Cup’s 2025 gig in Buffalo.

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1 Steven Greenman { 03.23.11 at 9:56 am }

Cleveland-Buffalo-Cleveland in one day? Big deal. Try Fuerth-Geneva-Copenhagen, three concerts in three different countries in three consecutive days! Tons of fun though :)

2 Bert { 03.23.11 at 10:25 am }

To Steven Greenman:

Yiddishe Cup is ready for Fuerth-Geneva-Copenhagen.

Tell us when you need a sub.

3 Marc { 03.23.11 at 4:05 pm }

Regarding Bub, my grandmother was similar, yet different. She was from near Kiev in the Ukraine.

She kept a kosher house. She could be tough when she needed to be. Her distinguishing characteristic — one that many of her generation had — was street smarts.

They don’t make them like that anymore!

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