Yo La Tengo wrapped their eight-night Hanukkah run with a show Sunday night at The Bowery Ballroom. The band was joined by members Eleventh Dream Day and Bush Tetras, as well as guitarist Ira Kaplan’s mother Marilyn Kaplan making her usual appearance at the end of the concert, which was a benefit for Letters To Santa and One Simple Wish.
Eleventh Dream Day served as the evening’s first act. Comedian Joe Pera then performed, followed by YLT taking the stage and opening their set with The Beatles’ “From Me To You,” sung as “From Me To Jews.” Members of Eleventh Dream Day, drummer Janet Beveridge Bean, keyboardist Mark Greenberg, guitarist James Elkington and bassist Doug McCombs, then emerged for a slow version of “Today Is The Day.”
EDD guitarist Rick Rizzo came on for “Stockholm Syndrome,” while Elkington exited. Various configurations of the members of EDD contributed to “The Crying Of Lot G,” “Avalon Or Someone Similar,” “Season Of The Shark,” “Two Trains,” “When It’s Dark,” and covers of “Goin’ Back” by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and “Group Grope” by The Fugs. Beveridge Bean (who played throughout the set) and Rizzo remained for “Some Kinda Fatigue,” before Ira Kaplan and multi-instrumentalists Georgia Hubley and James McNew delivered “Autumn Sweater.”
The set continued with Beveridge Bean coming back for “Deeper Into Movies” and The Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” with Rizzo, McCombs and Greenberg joining in on the cover. Yo La Tengo ended the set with “Our Way To Fall.”
The encore began with “The Whole of the Law” by The Only Ones. Cynthia Sley and Pat Place of the Bush Tetras were then brought out for “Dum Dum” and “Too Many Creeps,” which surrounded a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run.” The night ended with Kaplan bringing his mother out to sing Cat Stevens’ “Here Comes My Baby” (with Mark Luecke whistling) and her customary “My Little Corner Of The World” finale.
yo la tengo at the @boweryballroom, hanukkah night 8. @11thdreamday expand YLT for “sister ray” & other seasonal classics, massive “deeper into movies” with janet beveridge bean, cynthia sley & @patplace of @bushtetrasnyc, & (of course) ira’s mom. setlist: https://t.co/OcaP9P2OM1 pic.twitter.com/REEQwv4Y5s
— jesse jarnow (@bourgwick) December 6, 2021
Setlist (via Frank & Earthy)
Set: From Me To You (The Beatles, sung as “From Me to Jews”), Today Is The Day (slow version) (with Janet Beveridge Bean/drums, Mark Greenberg/keyboards, James Elkington/guitar, Doug McCombs/bass), Stockholm Syndrome (with Rick Rizzo/guitar, JBB, MG, DM), The Crying of Lot G (with JE, DM, JBB, MG), Avalon or Someone Similar (with RR, JBB, MG, DM), Season of the Shark (with JE, JBB), Two Trains (with JE, JBB, DM), When It’s Dark (with JE, JBB, DM, MG), Goin’ Back (Carole King & Gerry Goffin) (with JE, RR, JBB, MG), Group Grope (The Fugs) (with JE, RR, JBB, MG, DM), Some Kinda Fatigue (with RR, JB), Autumn Sweater, Deeper Into Movies (with JB), Sister Ray (with MG, RR, JB, DM), Our Way To Fall
Encore: The Whole of the Law (The Only Ones), Dum Dum (Bush Tetras) (with Cynthia Sley and Pat Place), Run Run Run (Velvet Underground (with CS & PP), Too Many Creeps (Bush Tetras) (with CS & PP), Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens) (with Marilyn Kaplan/vocals & Mark Luecke/whistling), My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard, Lee Pockriss) (with MK)