Fishbone to hold concert


There will be African harp music. There may be some particle physics. There will probably be some opera, something from the Old West, some electronic looping, and who knows what else, when self-proclaimed ‘mad inventor’ Robert Fishbone performs a solo concert as part of the Sheldon’s Notes From Home Series on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Fishbone’s performances blend stories with original music and handmade instruments with the help of several alter egos, including Honi the Magic Circle Maker, and Emir, Merchant of Extremes.


Fishbone says he has been a performer his whole life, “though I haven’t always done it as a profession.”

In junior high school Fishbone played trumpet. In college he played the Appalachian dulcimer, and he has performed many times at Central Reform Congregation as Honi the Magic Circle Maker.

“About 20 years ago a friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in playing this guy, Honi, for CRC … I decided to take on the role.”

Now, Honi makes regular appearances in Fishbone’s performances, along with a whole slew of other characters.

“A lot of the concert is about tikkun, about fixing things,” Fishbone said. “It is sort of a very comedical and satyrical view on fixing things, but underneath all of the humor there are some real lessons to be learned.”

Fishbone — who owned a mural painting company with his wife called On the Wall Productions — is now moving toward performing as a full time gig, and said, “Everything I do I try to be odd and on the edge and pretty unpredictable.”

“I like people guessing, and not knowing what is going to happen next.”

The concert, which will be held at the Sheldon, 3648 Washington in Grand Center, is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Tickets are $10 each at the door.

For more information contact Robert Fishbone at 314-692-2900 or [email protected]

Keren Douek, assistant editor of the Jewish Light, can be reached at [email protected]