Listen Up!

Jewish Vocal Band

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About Listen Up!

Listen Up! delivers warmth and sheer knock-your-socks-off vocal power through a love of Judaism and Israel. Freddie Feldman, Sari Greenberg, Eli Taylor, and Steve Singer bring considerable talents as a professional ensemble—with a confident, easy manner during performances that wins the hearts (and ears) of audiences of all ages. With multi-generational wit and humor, Tzioni sensibilities, and an impressive artistic palette drawn from diverse Jewish musical traditions, Listen Up! leaves no audience unaffected by their performance.

The Chicago Tribune writes, "What comes across in every moment of their performance is an adoration for singing — turning melodies and harmonies on their heads to come up with something unique and full of freshness and appeal. When redefining musical rules, it helps to be good — and Listen Up! is very good, lacking nothing in imagination and the ability to sell their vision of a song.”

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Meet the Band

Steve Singer

Steve Singer

Bass/Percussion

After every show, one young audience member invariably approaches the stage and asks Steve Singer, "How do you make all those sounds?" Steve pauses for a moment, smiles and replies, "I had way too much time by myself as a child." Indeed, part of the difficulty in describing Listen Up!’s sound resides in trying to understand what founder and musical director, Steve Singer does in performance and in the studio. Steve is a baritone/bass who would rather deliver stand-up than sit down (and be quiet). Doctor Singer (think Doctor Strange) was trained as a molecular neuropharmacologist, but in the band, he is simply Chief Noisemaker. Steve is a percussionist who loves experimenting with new sounds that give Listen Up! its eclectic flair and rhythmic soul. Steve's award-winning vocal arrangements speak for themselves.

All told, Steve is so thankful that this uncommon vocal band has provided a home for his creative energies since 1992. When not making noise on stage, Steve lives in Skokie, Illinois with his wife (and founding member-vocalist) Rebecca Klein Singer, and their 3 musical kids.

Sari Greenberg

Sari Greenberg

The Shebrew

Sari Greenberg is ecstatic to be joining the sweet sounds of the incredibly talented souls of Listen Up! Sari is a singer, songwriter, and actor whose past roles include Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Ring Of Fire (June Carter) and the national tour of Bad Romance where she played Lady Gaga (luckily without the meat dress ). Sari received a BFA in musical theatre from CCPA at Roosevelt University, then moved to New York City where she performed in numerous cabaret shows and national tours.

Sari performed in the concert, If It Weren’t For The Irish and the Jews at Chicago’s Symphony Center with actor, Martin Sheen. Sari continues to tour in the concert Close To You: The Music of the Carpenters and original musical, Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People. Sari has been performing in Moishe Oysher since its inception in 2009 and has taken the show all around the country including NYC, Chicago, California, Connecticut, Jewish Music Convention Hava Nashira, headlining at the 2013 URJ (Union For Reform Judaism) Biennial in San Diego and all the way to Paris, France. Sari can also be seen and heard in numerous voice-over and television commercials.

Freddie Feldman

Freddie Feldman

Tenor/Bass

Freddie has been immersed in the world of a cappella for over twenty years. He got his start with his high school group, The Coppertones. He started the college group, Five O’Clock Shadow at Northwestern University. After graduation, he toured nationally with his professional a cappella group, VOCOMOTION. After the group split up, Freddie opened VOCOMOTION Studios.

He has produced over 130 a cappella albums at VOCOMOTION, winning several Best Of College Acappella (BOCA) Awards and Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards (CARA). He served an album reviewer for the Recorded Acappella Review Board (RARB), reviewing over 40 albums for the online publication. He is the creator of The Thumper, the world’s only throat microphone designed specifically for vocal percussion.

Freddie toured as the frontman of the hard-rock band Gaskit for four years. He is a two-time winner of Songs Inspired By Literature Songwriting Competition (SIBL). Gaskit opened for national acts Godsmack, Tantric, Drowning Pool, SOiL, and Dark New Day. Gaskit did a world-record national tour in 2004, playing in 50 states in 50 days. Their single "Peel This Away" featured on television show Jake 2.0 on UPN Network.

Freddie holds both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

Eli Nathan Taylor

Eli Nathan Taylor

Tenor

Eli Taylor is incredibly proud to be a part of such a wonderful and talented group of musicians. He had been searching for an opportunity to combine his passion for music with his love for Judaism and found a home in LU!

Eli first discovered his love for performing when he received his first substantial role as lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age 16. From then on he looked for every opportunity that would allow him to sing. Eli attended a non-musical degree program at The Theatre School at DePaul University, but still managed to find opportunities to perform. He even attended a few rehearsals for the school’s gospel choir.

When he is not creating with LU!, Eli works as the Events Coordinator for the Jewish National Fund’s Midwest Center of Excellence where he coordinates event operations for events throughout the Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States.

Eli received a BFA in Theatre Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Eli's soulful voice adds warmth to the group’s sound and he is thrilled to work with such an amazing and talented group of people.

Upcoming Performances

We're finalizing a few performances for 2018 right now...more to come!

Park Plaza Retirement Center

Chicago, IL
6840 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
7:15pm
Apr 15, 2018
Sunday

Temple Beth Shalom - Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM
205 E. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
4:00 pm
April 22, 2018
Sunday

Beth El Synagogue - Omaha

Omaha, NE
14506 California Street, Omaha, NE 68154
tba
May 6, 2018
Sunday

Skokie Farmers Market

Omaha, NE
Downtown Skokie, IL 60076
9:00am
Jun 10, 2018
Sunday

Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival

Chicago, IL
St. Paul Woods, Morton Grove, IL 60053
tba
Jun 10, 2018
Sunday

JCC of Greater Kansas City

Overland Park, KS
5801 W 115 Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
tba
Aug 19, 2018
Sunday

Testimonials

"Working with Listen Up! was a delight. They were willing to think out-of-the-box in finding ways to engage all ages. They were fun, friendly, and easily approachable. The tunes were memorable enough that it gave the opportunity for new fans to sing along. I would love to work with them in the future."
- Elizabeth Singer, Temple Judea- Fort Myers, FL


"We had Listen Up! for our Yom Ha Atzma'ut celebration. They were easy to work with, sounded great, and were enjoyed by a diverse crowd."
- Rabbi Hannah Greenstein, Milwaukee Jewish Federation


"Hiring Listen Up! to perform at our synagogue for our spring fundraiser was a success, and the performers were a joy to spend the day with! Our audience enjoyed the afternoon concert and left wanting more! Listen Up! spent the morning singing with a few of our children’s groups prior to the concert and had our Hazzan join them on stage! What a DELIGHT!"
- Amy Cytron, Adath Jeshurun Congregation- Minnetonka, MN


"When I first heard Listen Up!, I actually couldn't believe it! I am here in America, but feels as I am back home, in Israel. The songs and the group's the beautiful voices made me very emotional. Magic moments that you all have to experience!"
- Lior Kakon, American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation


"We are very pleased with the wonderful energy Listen Up! brought to our camp Zimriya performance. The yiddishkeit and terrific interaction with kids and adults of all ages added a special excitement to the evening. We recommend their work enthusiastically."
- Lori Stark, Ramah Day Camp- Wheeling, IL

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New Music Video: Say Shabbat Shalom / Geronimo

We’re happy to announce the release of our latest music video: Say Shabbat Shalom/Geronimo. It was shot in the beautiful sanctuary of the Chicago Loop Synagogue by Sean Strimple and Walk On Media. We had such a blast shooting this video, we hope you enjoy it. Warning: We have found that everyone who has seen the video gets the song stuck in their heads for hours at a time. You have been warned!!


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Listen Up! is an a cappella Jewish vocal band based in Skokie, Illinois USA.

For Booking:

Kolot Management - Aliya Cheskis-Cotel
Office: (212) 877-6870
Cell: (917) 880-1715

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