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Blind Boys of Alabama & Jon Langford joined Yo La Tengo for Hanukkah Night 2 (pics, setlist)

Yo La Tengo continued their Hanukkah 2019 celebration on Monday night (12/3) at Bowery Ballroom. Blind Boys from Alabama were Night 2’s opener, and they joined Yo La Tengo for a few songs during their set, including a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Jesus.” For the encore, they brought out The Mekons’ Jon Langford for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Girl from North Country” and then two Mekons songs (“Where Were You” and “Hard To Be Human Again”). Yo La Tengo’s set also included “Ohm,” which both started and ended their main set,” plus “False Alarm,” “Beanbag Chair,” a cover of The Minutemen’s version of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and more.

Roy Wood Jr. was the night’s comedian, Perfume Genius made the Night 2 mix CD, and proceeds benefited the Committee to Protect Journalists. Check out pictures from the night in the gallery above and the setlist, courtesy Jesse Jarnow’s Frank & Earthy blog, is below.

Night 1 had Sun Ra Arkestra, Graham Nash and more. Who will be Night 3’s special guests? Yo La Tengo released more tickets for most of the Bowery Run on Sunday, but all the shows are once again sold out.

SETLIST: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2018 (via Frank & Earthy)

comedian: Roy Wood Jr.
opening act: Blind Boys of Alabama
mix CD: Perfume Genius
benefiting: Committee to Protect Journalism

Ohm (acoustic) (with the Blind Boys of Alabama)
Jesus (Velvet Underground) (with the Blind Boys of Alabama)
False Alarm
Stockholm Syndrome
The Last Days of Disco
Beanbag Chair
Shades of Blue
The Story of Jazz
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen) (Minutemen arrangement)
Decora
Double Dare
Ohm (electric)
More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (boogie version) (with Blind Boys of Alabama)

*(encore)* with Jon Langford of the Mekons on guitar/vocals
The Plans We Made (Lonesome Bob)
Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan) (Nashville Skyline version)
Where Were You (The Mekons)
Hard To Be Human Again (The Mekons)

photos by Kenneth Bachor

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