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C. Lanzbom was once just another guitar-playing Jersey kid hypnotized by the solos of Jerry Garcia and Charley Christian. Then he went to Israel. There, he learned to incorporate Mideastern melodies into his very Western music, a technique he stuck with when he moved to New York and formed the group Soulfarm. Tonight, his band will open the third “Washington Jewish Music Festival,” which highlights a mix of traditional performers—Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda and the Keshet Chorale—and genre-benders such as Satlah and out-there klezmer outfit Golem. In doing so, the fest shows how the definition of Jewish music has been stretched, and Soulfarm shows the risks involved in that expansion: The band sounds best when it plays gorgeous Semitic melodies, but sometimes Soulfarm gets lost under a sea of—oy!—soulless jams and fusion-guitar trash. This evening, we can only hope it keeps the faith. The festival continues through Sunday, May 5, but tonight’s program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $20. (800) 494-8497. (Steve Kiviat)