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.

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.



I throw wiener roasts at my cottage on Lake Erie. I invite Catholics from Rocky River, Jews from Beachwood, and generics from all over the city. I wonder if my guests come for the lake or me? I hold raffles, we play cards. There’s booze and gambling.

Funny: in Cleveland very few people live close to Lake Erie, so the lake is a big deal. My house — in Cleveland Heights — is six miles from the lake.

Bill Wallace, an old friend from Washington D.C., is coming to town for the wiener roast. Yiddishe Cup will play klezmer music until 10 p.m., then we’ll go into “Wild Thing”-type music. Yiddishe Cup’s former drummer, Don Friedman, will sing “Mustang Sally.” Is that an attraction? Not likely. The lake is the attraction.

cabin by lake


Yiddishe Cup plays 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 4, on the lawn at John Carroll U., University Hts., Ohio. Free. Indoors if raining.  Free ice cream, kids!

ice cream highway

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1 don friedman { 07.27.16 at 11:05 am }

Yes I will sing Mustang Sally. Also, I will bring Sally with me. She’s quite a Philly. No, I didn’t misspell it. She’s really from Philly! Need I ask if the hot dogs are kosher?

2 Ken G. { 07.27.16 at 2:11 pm }

It’s “wienie roast.” Looks like you’re trying to make the attendees represent the diverse populations across the U.S. – “Catholics from Rocky River, Jews from Beachwood”…. Those liberals in Philly can go jump in the lake!

3 Dave Rowe { 07.28.16 at 7:02 am }

So I wonder who’s bringing the beer.

4 Bill Wallace { 07.28.16 at 4:59 pm }

I’ll bring my wieners (Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smokes)! Somebody bring the Vernor’s. Just tell me when and where.

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