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Writing about Yosi Piamenta comes with a special challenge: creating a new nickname. The Village Voice dubbed him the “Hasidic Hendrix.” New York magazine called him the “Sephardic Santana.” Even Civilization piped up with “Mizrahi Rocker.” What’s left? The Kosher Clapton? Jethro Talis? I’ll tell you one thinghe definitely ain’t no Yiddish Yanni. Decked out in full beard, signature tie-dyed shirt with tsitsis, and a psychedelically embroidered yarmulke, Piamenta plays a style of Hasid rock that fuses blues, rock, jazz, and funk. Widely regarded as a guitar virtuoso, Piamenta often plays his Fender Stratocaster behind his head while singing classics like Men at Work’s “Down Under” in Hebrew. Piamenta’s Tel Aviv invasion this evening will include Michael Eliasa former backup singer for Cher, Eddie Money, and Kenny Loggins. The moishe pit will form at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Cecile Goldman Theater, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $20. (202) 518-9400. (Elissa Silverman)