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 is an occasional contributor to the New York Times, the Times of Israel, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and City Journal. He won two Hopwood Awards.


 
 

DELUXE PORT-A-POTTIES

I’ve seen deluxe port-a-potties. One was at a wedding on Fairmount Boulevard, Hunting Valley, and the second was at a wedding on South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights. At the Fairmount Boulevard wedding, the hired help outnumbered the guests 3-to-1. There were only 30 guests. The port-a-potty had a flush toilet, vanity sink, flowers in a bowl, a roll of paper towels, and extra toilet paper. And this was just for the help. The guests used the bathrooms in the house.

port a pottiesAt the South Park Boulevard wedding, the band shared the port-a-potties with the guests. We played the ceremony, cocktail hour, and a hora. Then a second band took over. We frequently get kicked out for another band, which is usually from New York, Nashville, New Orleans or Detroit. The further away the better, prestige-wise.

Dual flush: 1) Yiddishe Cup. 2) Yiddishe Cup + solid waste (of money) for second band.

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4 comments

1 Gerald Ross { 09.16.15 at 9:19 am }

Don’t complain about being “kicked out” by another band. You get home earlier and you don’t have to deal with the drunks as the evening progresses (“hey man can my girlfriend sing a song with the band? She’s really good”. “The bride’s father said that I could play your guitar. Don’t worry I’m good, I won’t ding it up. Got a pick?”)

2 Irwin Weinberger { 09.16.15 at 9:21 am }

If one hires Yiddishe Cup for the whole party it must be a royal flush.

3 Dave Rowe { 09.19.15 at 1:32 am }

I’ve heard of evil pranksters who knock over port-o-potties while someone’s inside. Yuck

4 Bert Stratton { 09.19.15 at 8:39 am }

To Dave Rowe:

I heard some port-a-potties tip this summer in Bowling Green, Ohio. Middle of the night on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. (Just good clean fun. Nobody hurt.)

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