By setting Hebrew, English, and Spanish poems to his own folk-influenced rock strumming, singer David Broza has become a superstar in Israel—where one in three households has at least one of his recordings. On his last album, 1995’s Big Secrets, he bombastically overemotes verse, accompanied by a nondescript, late-’70s arena-shlock band (which suggests where his mass appeal derives from), but a few cuts are stripped down, and Broza’s lyrical Spanish guitar playing steals the spotlight. So it’s promising that on this first night of Hanukkah he’ll be accompanied by masterful Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and New York bassist Francisco Centeno. At 8 p.m. at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. $20-30. (301) 231-7999.

(Steve Kiviat)