Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the nine-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat. Phoenix New Times says, “Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it’s one of the most fun.” 2017 has been a busy year for these hip-swaying gypsies: Jerusafunk released their seventy-minute self-produced odyssey, The Hierophant, which they followed up with their first east coast tour over the summer. Java Magazine commends the album: “I’m not sure if there are any other Klezploitation bands in the world, but if there are, Jerusafunk should be crowned as the royalty of such a movement.”
Before that, Jerusafunk assumed the role of music directors and pit band for a live musical presentation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth called The Goblin King’s City which debuted Comicon weekend 2017 in Phoenix. A new music video is out for one of the catchier tunes off of The Hierophant titled Respect My Lust, and a music video for Mushroom Samba will be released this winter. Since 2015, Jerusafunk has played events such as The Musical Instrument Museum Festival, Apache Lake Music Festival, Phoenix Comicon, Sidepony Express Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Jerusafunk has toured all over the country and plays regularly in Phoenix and Flagstaff with bands such as Har Mar Superstar, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Qais Essar, STIG, and The Lique.