Yo La Tengo's 2019 Hanukkah run at Bowery Ballroom continued on Friday and the night's surprise opening act was Sylvan Esso, who were back to playing as a duo after their November tour where they performed with a 10-piece expanded lineup (including two nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre). There were two other openers: comedian Brittany Carney, and then writer Luc Sante and bassist William Parker paid tribute to the late Steve Dalachinsky.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase joined Yo La Tengo for the entirety of their main set, and they were joined by William Parker for a couple songs, and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso for a few songs as well. The encore brought out Houston's Allen Hill, of The Allen Hill Oldies Band, to sing a cover of "Secret Agent Man"; and Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath and Brian Chase came out for a cover of "Hanky Panky." Hanukkah Night 6 ended with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Fourth Time Around."

YLT's James McNew did the Night 6 mix CD, DJ La Vamba spun tunes after the show, and the evening's proceeds went to National Abortion Federation. Check out the setlist (via Jesse Jarnow's Frank & Earthy blog) plus videos below.

You can also check out recaps for the entire 2019 Hanukkah run — including appearances by Janet Weiss, Lucinda Williams, Sun Ra Arkestra, Steve Gunn/William Tyler, Christmas, The Amazing Kreskin, and more — here.

Yo La Tengo’s remaining two Hanukkah shows at Bowery Ballroom both sold out, but sometimes more tickets are put back on sale, so it’s worth checking back.


Yo La Tengo – Hanukkah Night 6 @ Bowery Ballroom 12/27/2019 (via Frank & Earthy)
Out of the Pool
And the Glitter is Gone
The Last Days of Disco
Don’t Have To Be So Sad (with William Parker on bass)
Outsmartener (with WP on horn)
Song For Mahila
Above the Sound (with Nick Sanborn on electronics)
The Crying of Lot G (with NS)
Satellite (with NS)
Center of Gravity
Mr. Tough
Styles of the Times
The Story of Yo La Tango

Shock Me (Lenny Kaye)
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Secret Agent Man (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri) (with Allen Hill on vocals)
Hanky Panky (Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich) (with Amelia Meath on vocals & Brian Chase on drums)
Fourth Time Around (Bob Dylan)


photos by Kenneth Bachor

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