Avi Buffalo influenced by time spent at Jewish camp

Sub Pop recording artists Avi Buffalo have a Jewish summer camp in California to thank in part for inspiring their music, according to band founder Avi Zahner-Isenberg.

Avi attended Camp Gilboa in California and in a 2010 interview cited his time there as a big influence on him as a musician.

“There would be musicians at the camp and older kids who played guitar,” he said in a Heeb Magazine interview. “There would be a Saturday night jam sess’/talent show thing and everyone would play Wilco covers and—haha—shit like that and the Grateful Dead…It was a very influential place, that Zionist, socialist camp…We’d sit around in circles and talk about social justice and listen to the Grateful Dead.”

Summer camp makes it into the band’s latest single, “So What” from their second full-length album At Best Cuckold with Avi singing the line “it’s just like summer camp with great summer nights.” You can check out the video for the song below or on YouTube.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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