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Guitarist Saul Rosenthal leads "An Evening of Jewish Music," Saturday, February 5, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, an event that will also feature Los Lantzmum, a seven-piece worldbeat group led by Denver's Hal Aqua. Los Lantzmum explores Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Jewish musical traditions, which means you'd better bring your translation book: The band supplements English singing with lyrics in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). Rosenthal's folky approach to music has more in common with Bob Dylan (also known as Robert Zimmerman) than it does with a traditional Hebrew songbook, but his lyrical muse is derived from Jewish prayer and biblical texts. Rosenthal, who recently released the full-length Anchors and Paths on the Fievel label, has served as a synagogue cantor, and those who experience his friendly, interactive acoustic performances can testify that he just might be the guy who can make services fun. -- Laura Bond