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.



We played a 90th birthday party, where the celebrant’s daughter, age 65, sat about a foot from the band and requested tune after tune. She liked Mickey Katz parodies and knew a lot of other Jewish classics. For instance, she knew the “Russian Sher.” She said she had grown up on Hello Solly, an album by Mickey Katz.

And she had never heard of Yiddishe Cup! This daughter had lived in Cleveland her entire adult life. Yiddishe Cup has played everywhere on Cleveland’s East Side — every temple, park, club, every inch. Was she house-bound?

never hoid emShe didn’t look it. She and her 90-year-old mom looked pretty good.

I Googled the daughter. Facebook said she “studied at The Ohio State University, lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and listens to Yiddishe Cup.” I told her to add that last part.  I bet she’ll take it down.

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1 Ken Goldberg { 08.10.16 at 9:47 pm }

Imagine, a Clevelander who never heard of you folks…. One reason I wanted to hang out several days at the RNC was to answer questions and inform or educate visitors about Cleveland. I was conversing with Steve Presser at his sales table in the Fifth Street Arcades and this 60ish woman comes up and asked if that is “The Arcade.” Steve started explaining that it is across the street and even more magnificent and I started giving her more information about these buildings. Then I asked her where she’s from and she responded “South Euclid.” She said she had lived here much of her life but had never been in any of these arcades….

2 Dave Rowe { 08.11.16 at 9:00 am }

Maybe OSU has a department of Klezmer Studies.

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