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 Yiddishe cup fan called and said he had gotten my phone number off a Yiddishe Cup CD.

I asked, “Which album do you have?”


yiddfellas CD cover

“Where’d you get the CD?”

“At a swap meet in Kingman.”

“A swap meet where?

“A swap meet in Kingman, Arizona. I like the record. It’s kind of cool.”

“You like klezmer?”

“This is my first record.”

“How much did you pay?”

“Twenty-five cents.”

“Nice. Fifty cents would have been too much.”

If this is too short for you, read my essay in Belt Mag. “On Being ‘In Real Estate’ in Cleveland, OH”

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1 Ken Goldberg { 12.13.17 at 9:17 am }

It sure would be! Forty cents too.

2 Ari Davidow { 12.13.17 at 9:48 am }

Heck, I would have given a dollar, easy. Not the band’s best, but still good!

3 Ted { 12.13.17 at 10:52 am }

I lol’ed. (This comment is too short, the computer says).

4 David Korn { 12.13.17 at 12:56 pm }

I’d have paid double that. (That’s me trying to start a bidding war. Yeah, not original, but still a good line.)

5 dave rowe { 12.15.17 at 9:50 am }

Hope it isn’t too scratched up.

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