Yo La Tengo Announces Hanukkah Shows


December 21-28 at
Maxwells in Hoboken.



By Fred Mills


It’s as much a grand American tradition as filling a jack-o-lantern
with dogshit, placing it on your neighbor’s front stoop and setting it on fire:
Yo La Tengo’s annual string of Hanukkah concerts at Maxwell’s in Hoboken.


In a post to their MySpace page blog today, YLT indicated
that this year’s events will take place Dec. 21-28 and tickets – which went on
sale today at noon at www.ticketweb.com – will be $30. “Inflation may be rampant,” writes YLT, “but not here.”


Boy howdy to that. As usual there will be special guests
rotating as the shows’ opening acts, details tba. There will also be a special
New Year’s Eve concert at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey (“home
of Stephen Colbert and Don Fleming,” we are advised) featuring the Feelies and
the Vivian Girls also on the bill.


The band is additionally taking suggestions on what
charitable organizations might be suitable candidates for them to donate
proceeds too, per YLT’s generous tradition. Here’s the complete text of the
blog post:





Holiday News Flash


Hey everybody,

Got a lot on my mind, so pull up a chair.

First off, let’s make it official. We’re going to play another series of Hanukkah
shows this year at Maxwell’s, The dates are December 21 – December 28.
Inflation may be rampant, but not here: tickets will be $30, just like last
year. Shows will begin at 9:00 on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 every other
night. There’ll be a musical act in addition to Yo La Tengo, some comedy, and
maybe something else. We’ll see. But just like last year, we will be enforcing
a strict “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about the lineups. Mostly
because we won’t know until the last minute, but–we cannot tell a lie–also
because we’re ornery that way. Tickets will go on sale October 15 at 12 noon
eastern time.

There is one thing we can tell you. The Feelies will not be playing with us
during Hanukkah, scout’s honor. But we will be doing a gala New Year’s Eve show
with the Feelies, merely New Jersey’s greatest
rock band ever, and Vivian Girls at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair NJ,
home of Stephen Colbert and Don Fleming.

Tickets will be $35, or a mere $115 less than it costs to see Steely Dan. (To
be fair, if you’re paying per chord, Steely Dan is priced competitively.)

As Joan Rivers asked so poignantly: can we talk? With all the economic turmoil
turmoiling about us these days, it’s not that easy to suggest that you spend
what’s left of your money with us. But if you’ve ever attended these Hanukkah
shows before, we hope you’ll agree that they are unique evenings of
entertainment (and if you haven’t, there are lengthy descriptions of the 2005
and 2007 editions archived in the News section at yolatengo.com). We don’t take
a penny from these shows, and no performer receives anything beyond their
expenses. The word benefit is an often abused one, but we promise you, the
money you pay is being passed along to charity.

Which brings me to the next point. Over the years, from time to time people
have offered unsolicited suggestions about where we could donate the proceeds
from individual shows, suggestions we have frequently taken. So let’s solicit
them this year: If you work for a non-profit organization, don’t hesitate to
tell us about it. We can’t guarantee that we’ll select you as one of our
recipients, but we will absolutely consider it.


Ira, Georgia and James



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