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Hanukkah runs from sunset, December 21 to sunset, December 29, 2008. The first Day of Hanukkah is December 22. If you haven't figured it it out by now, that means Christmas happens during Hannukah this year.

Over the course of the eight days (and before and after), many candles will be lit and many Hanukkah-themed events will be happening in and around New York City. Many will involve music. Here are a few...

DreidelYo La Tengo will be repeating their tradition of playing all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Not surpringly, advanced tickets are all already sold out at Ticketweb, but to quote the band, "Tickets may still be available in person at Tunes in Hoboken and/or Other Music in NYC". Stay tuned for opener information as it's announced. Yo La Tengo are also playing a show in New Jersey on New Years Eve.

Also playing eights nights (except not all of them are on Hanukkah because he's taking the Sabbath off): Matisyahu. Tickets are still on sale for these shows that take place at Webster Hall in Manhattan and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Openers include The LeeVees, Asher Roth and Little Jackie.

Southpaw in Park Slope is hosting Jewltide 6 featuring DeLeon on Christmas Eve. "DeLeon plays 15th Century Spanish indie rock infused with the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition." Tickets are on sale. This show is also part of a larger DeLeon/JDub national Hanukkah tour. All dates at the very bottom of this post.

NYC event listings continued below...

Yo La Tengo

There are several songs associated with the festival of Hanukkah. The most well known in English-speaking countries include "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" and "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah." In Israel, Hanukkah has become something of a national holiday. A large number of songs have been written on Hanukkah themes, perhaps more so than for any other Jewish holiday. Some of the most well known are "Hanukkiah Li Yesh" ("I Have a Hanukkah Menora"), "Kad Katan" ("A Small Jug"), "S'vivon Sov Sov Sov" ("Dreidel, Spin and Spin"), "Mi Yimalel" (Who can Retell") and "Ner Li, Ner Li" ("I have a Candle"). [Wikipedia]

Jackie Hoffman Backstage Bistro Awards '06

You can always count on Joe's Pub to bring it during Hanukkah. This year they've got:

Keep checking Joe's Pub's site for more holiday shows to be added, plus there's one that's part of the Sephardic Music Festival...

Sephardic Music Festival

December 10, 2008
Festival Preview Showcase
Galeet Dardashti's "The Naming" feat. SYREN Dance Co., Electro Morocco, Diwon featuring Smadar & Samuel Thomas
@ Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos)
70 North 6th St, Williamsburg, NY
Doors 7:30pm / $15 or only $13
(buy tickets)

December 21, 2008
• Opening Night
Pharaoh's Daughter, Diwon, and Sarah Aroeste Band
@ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St, NYC
6pm - $15 adv
(buy tickets)

December 21/22, 2008
• Scholar Series
Sunday, Dec. 21
Victor Bassis Tarab Ensemble perform Hebrew Piyyutim:
"From the Eastern Mediterranean to Brooklyn"
Museum doors open at 4pm, concert and discussion at 5-7pm

Monday, Dec. 22
Gerard Edery and Francois Houle Ensemble
"Ladino music and the Sephardic Migration to Morocco"
concert and discussion at 6-8pm
@ The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St, NYC
$15/$12 ASF members
(for more info & to purchase tickets)

December 23, 2008
• A Night of Traditional Sephardic Music
@ Spanish Portugusse Synagague
performers tba
3 West 70th St. at Central Park West
7pm / $15 adv or $18 door / all ages

December 25, 2008
@ Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St, NYC

December 25, 2008
• Piamenta, Eden Mi Qedem, Diwon & more
@ Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St (b/w 9th & 10th Ave), NYC
10pm - $15 adv
(buy tickets)

December 27, 2008
• Electro Morocco
@ Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St., NYC
11pm - $15 adv
(buy tickets)

December 28, 2008
• Closing Night
all details will be announced one month before the event.

Jelvis "The Music Video"

I don't know about this one, but anyway for the sake of completeness: Highline Ballroom also has a Jelvis show on Christmas called "The Kosher King JELVIS - The Jewish ELVIS presents A Jew-El Tide Christmas". Tickets are on sale. Later that night is the Sephardic show listed above.

Also on Christmas....for the family? "Challah-lujah: The Tradition Continues with Joshua Nelson and special guests Cissy Houston & Frank London" @ the Museum of Jewish Heritage: Edmond J. Safra Hall. Tickets are on sale early and slightly later.


That's it for now. What did we miss? Please list more events in the comments.

And here are those dates...

12/18 - JEWLTIDE with DeLeon & The Sway Machinery @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
12/20 - JEWLTIDE with DeLeon & The Sway Machinery @ Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
12/21 - The Hub presents DeLeon & The Sway Machinery @ 111 Minna, San Francisco CA
12/24 - JEWLTIDE with DeLeon @ Southpaw, Brooklyn NY
12/26 - Golem @ The Kennedy Center, Washington DC (FREE)
12/27 - Birthright Israel NEXT presents Hanukkah Worldwide with Golem @ TT the Bear's, Boston MA
12/27 - Birthright Israel NEXT presents Hanukkah Worldwide with DeLeon @ North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA (FREE)
12/29 - DeLeon @ The Kennedy Center, Washington DC (FREE)



Comments (25)

tickets still on sale for all 8 of the matisyahu shows, none are sold out yet

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 8:44 AM

hanukkah falls on christmas a lot more than 4 or 5 times a century. 2008, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1992, 1989, 1984 according to

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 8:51 AM

"hanukkah falls on christmas a lot more than 4 or 5 times a century. 2008, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1992, 1989, 1984 according to"

thanks. I removed that part for now.

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 18, 2008 9:09 AM

"tickets still on sale for all 8 of the matisyahu shows, none are sold out yet"


Posted by brooklynvegan | November 18, 2008 9:10 AM

Anyone have a clue as to the openers for the YLT gigs?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 11:08 AM

All 8 nights for Yo La Tengo are sold out? God damn. I saw them play in Chicago about 3 years ago and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I always kind of forget how much I love them until my iTunes randomly shuffles to them or something.

Posted by Zach Kaufmann | November 18, 2008 11:11 AM

Matisyahou is such a dick. Say no to fake Hasids.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 12:54 PM

I have two extra tickets to YLT on Sunday the 28.
Askin $50 a piece.
E-mail me if your interested.
jeffreyfrenzel at yahoo dot com

Posted by Jeff | November 18, 2008 1:12 PM

"Askin $50 a piece. "

I don't think that's how much they originally cost when Yo La Tengo put them on sale and announced that 100% of the proceeds go to charity.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 1:35 PM

matisyahu IS a charity

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 1:39 PM

that is pretty sketchy trying to scalp tickets to a charity concert.

karma shall come crashing down on this dude. he needs to win the lottery and immediately get hit by a car and then start a list and on that list would be pay back all the saps that he ripped off.

Posted by wembley | November 18, 2008 1:43 PM

anyone check Other Music yet to see if there are more Maxwell's tickets there?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 1:55 PM

Are you kidding me?!!! Ripped off?
Tickets on stubhub and e-bay are well over $100 a piece. I just want what I paid for them, service fees and shipping.

And don't talk to me about sketchy, posting on BV is sketchy. Have you ever been to this site? Everyone is sketchy.

Posted by JEff | November 18, 2008 2:43 PM

a late addition:

The Top Dreidel Spinners in New York Assemble at Fontana's to Kick-Off Hanukkah 2008 and Contend for Dreidel Supremacy and Chocolate Money, also Known as Gelt.


Sunday, December 21
Fontana's Bar
105 Eldridge St., New York, NY
(btwn. Broome & Grand St.)
Modern Mojo Events

Major League Dreidel (MLD) is dedicated to discovering and developing the top dreidel spinners in the country. Through sanctioned "Spin The Dreidel" Tournaments, MLD will validate the dreidel as a bona fide sport and its elite will be recognized and respected no differently than any other professional athlete. However, they will be paid in chocolate money, also known as gelt.

Every MLD tournament and event raises money and awareness for various Jewish organizations and
charities. This year MLD will be spinning for The Survivor Mitzvah Project. Past organizations
include The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

The 2008 Major League Dreidel Tournament will bring together the top 64 dreidel spinners in NYC. Spinners are recommended to sign-up ahead of time at as spots are limited.

Sign-in and hors 'devours will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 21 at Fontana's.

Gods of Fire, NYC's greatest metal band perform "metalized" renditions of classic Hanukkah songs at 7:30 p.m.

The MLD Tournament will begin at 8:30 p.m., as defending champion, Pamela "Pamskee" Goldman,
attempts to retain her Spin The Dreidel title.

Celebrity referee, 2007 U.S. Air Guitar Champion, William Ocean, will be presiding over The Spinagogue along with fan favorite, The MLD Spin-Up Girl. MLD Knishioner, Eric Harris Pavony, will host the night's festivities.

The History Channel will be filming all of the gelt and glory for their show, "Surviving The Holidays", hosted by Lewis Black.

ANYONE CAN SPIN and everyone is invited to partake in this holiday celebration. A $10 donation includes a sanctioned MLD gold dreidel and a bag of chocolate gelt.

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 18, 2008 4:18 PM

Obama cancelled Channukah.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 5:27 PM

yeah, Matisyahu is kind of a fake Hasid. he be frontin' up in here. it's all an act. but whatever, so is everything else in entertainment biz.

doesn't the word Matisyahu sound as if it could be a Japanese car company?

and speaking of Golem, the accordian player is pretty hot.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 10:24 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 11:58 AM

LoVer East Side, New York’s hottest tour enterprise, has scheduled a cornucopia of events for the upcoming Holiday Season.

On Sunday, December 21, they are offering "A Taste of Jewish New York" with a unique Hanukah Tour of Borough Park.
This famous Jewish enclave situated in the heart of Brooklyn has so much to offer in celebration of the Hanukah Festival.
Discover a rich and vibrant Hassidic culture, traditional food and an abundance of shopping on the legendary Thirteenth Avenue. You'll even get to tour a matzo bakery that has Passover on its mind in middle of the winter. This tour will entice all ages, so pack up your family for a memorable adventure in the Borough Park Shtetel!
Tour meets at New Utrecht and Ft. Hamilton Ave, Time: 1:00- 3:30

A special Kids' Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side
is scheduled for Thursday, December 25. A captivating tour guide will treat your children to an unforgettable excursion that will open their eyes to the rich Jewish Life, past and present, that has left its mark on this historic neighborhood.
Tour meets at 137 East Houston Street, Time: 1:00- 3:00

To cap the season, a Hanukah Tour of the Lower East Side will take place on Sunday, December 28. What better way to pack a good time than with a tour of NYC's original Jewish neighborhood! So kick up your heels and take the subway straight to Essex and Canal Streets where you’ll discover the city’s rich heritage and gastronomical delights. From tenements and pushcarts to condominiums and stockbrokers, this tour covers it all!
Tour meets at 137 East Houston Street, Time: 1:00- 3:00

For tour reservations, visit

Posted by Drill | December 8, 2008 11:05 AM

Southpaw with DeLeon? I'm there. They need to play in NY more often. Whats with all the out of town shows?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:21 PM

yeah, Matisyahu is kind of a fake Hasid. he be frontin' up in here. it's all an act. but whatever, so is everything else in entertainment biz.

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yeah, Matisyahu is kind of a fake Hasid. he be frontin' up in here. it's all an act. but whatever, so is everything else in entertainment biz.

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