Yonah and their gang had a very good time at Jewlicious 6.0 held in Long Beach last week. The LA Jewish Journal has covered it, and included an interesting clip of WBC world welterweight boxing champion (and rabbinical student?) Yuri Foreman giving a brief boxing lesson to the tall and fit Matisyahu at this year’s festival.
From Ryan Torok’s Jewish Journal article:
His [Matisyahu’s] 45-minute set was the final performance of the festival, though he had made surprise appearances over the weekend. On Saturday, he joined comedian Smooth-E for a parody of â€œKing Without a Crown.â€ He could also be seen walking with his family in the main hallway, gym, auditorium and the several event rooms of the JCC.
During the concert, one of Matisyahuâ€™s children, dressed in a Superman costume, went up to the stage and said, â€œHi, Daddy.â€ To which his famous father replied: â€œHi, Superman,â€ a simple, normal exchange that captured the spirit of the weekend.
Adam Weinberg, music director for the festival, reinforced that there should be no preaching at the festivalâ€”that attention, instead, should be on the music. â€œI think music should speak for musicâ€™s sake,â€ Weinberg said.
Weinberg, also a musician, accompanied Matisyahu on acoustic guitar, as did Dave Holmes, a member of Matisyahuâ€™s band.
Matisyahu spoke afterward about how strongly the performance resonated with him. â€œWhen you have an audience listening, taking the journey with you, itâ€™s pretty special,â€ he said. â€œFor some reason, we seem to be having these kinds of performances at Jewlicious shows.â€
There’s also some more coverage in The Forward, where Gordon Haber finds some flaws with the festival, but still asks to be invited back next year…which perhaps tells us a little about just how flawed it really was. Our own Rabbi Yonah, co-founder of Jewlicious Festivals, responded to and corrected some of Haber’s assumptions, but I found Yonah’s report on the survey of the people attending Jewlicious 6.0 more fascinating. Here are the details he provided about the make-up of the 900 or so people in attendance:
How do you define your Jewish affiliation?
Seems fairly representative of the Jewish community at large, if one excludes the unaffiliated which make up about half of American Jewry these days.
UPDATE: More Jewlicious 6.0 videos from Jewish Journal