Aw man. That was an awesome show. The Makkabees opened with their unique brand of heavy metal renditions of Jewish classics – Shabbat Shalom, Mashiach, Oseh Shalom etc. and yes – a horah mosh pit broke out. Totally insane – totally fun. Next up was Rabbi Yonah and Shankbone. Highlights included their very original rendition of By The Rivers of Babylon. Good times, good times.

This was followed by a fashion show by Evey Rothstein and her Harajuku inspired label Glamorous Rebel. The show was very fashion forward featuring taffetta skirts, high tops, eighties inspired hair and makeup – kawaii!

Next up was crowd favorite Rav Shmuel. He rocked out with some covers (a unique combo of the Beatles Hey Jude and the Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated) and a collection of original compositions. Rav Shumuel used to tour with Phish, and you might recognize him from NYC open mic nights or Mike’s Place in Jerusalem.

Finally, the show concluded with a dynamic rendition of Yiddish and Klezmer tinged hip hop by SoCalled

Laya wishes to add: included SoCalled’s performance was the group Beyond the Pale, and the Gospel singer Doris Glaspie, who rocked our socks. We were also honored to hear the first ever SoCalled/Esther Kustanowitz collaboration with a fascinating rendition of “9:45”, the announced time of bus departure to the beach the following morning.

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