Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington and Antibalas trumpeter Jordan McLean will take part in a special Erev Rosh Hashanah event at New York’s Nublu on Wednesday, September 20. The musicians will join The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood during the service and musical performance, which will mark the start of the Jewish New Year. The evening will also feature a service led by Rabbi Dan Ain, meditation and contributions from Cantor Yoel Kohn. After the Erev Rosh Hashanah celebration, The Sway Machinery will perform a set of music. Chase was a founding member of The Sway Machinery and McLean has been a steady part of the group for many years.
As previously reported, New York’s Brooklyn Bowl will host Rosh Hashanah morning services this month for the third year in a row. The Bowl Hashanah service, which will be held at 10am on Thursday, September 21, will feature music and cantorial arrangements from The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood, organist and John Zorn collaborator Shoko Nagai, and The Sway Machinery drummer John Bollinger.
Because Jewish’s Rabbi Dan Ain, who has curated Jewish events with numerous comedians and musicians around New York, will lead the service, which celebrates the Jewish New Year. Lockwood has worked with members of Antibalas, Arcade Fire, recently completed an album of High Holiday music called Kol Nidre. In recent years, Rabbi Dan and Lockwood have led High Holiday events at the 92Y, 92YTribeca and Roulette.
The service will feature a traditional Torah reading and procession, plain-sense explanations of the religious aspects of the holiday, prayer, Shofar blowing and a spiritual meditation. A Blue Ribbon lunch is included in the price of the ticket and babysitting will also be available for kids. Tickets and additional information are available here.
Rabbi Dan, Lockwood and a similar group of musicians will host additional High Holiday services at other venues around New York in the coming days as well. They include Kol Nidre at Roulette on Friday, September 29 and Yom Kippur at ShapeShifter Lounge on Saturday, September 30.