Yo Le Tengo wrapped up their annual eight-night Hanukkah run at Bowery Ballroom last night, delivering another night of surprise sit ins and more, including an expected but special guest for the encore finale.
Last night’s surprise opening act was the Sun Ra Arkestra, along with comedian Jon Glaser, and members of the Arkestra helped the headlining band close out their residency. Michael Ray, Knoel Scott, Vincent Chancey, Danny Ray Thompson and Dave Davis emerged on stage halfway through YLT’s set at the end of “I Feel Like Going Home” and stayed for the rest of the performance, which included Sun Ra cuts “Dreaming” and “Nuclear War.”
Last night’s encore, which opened with a nod to the season in “Rock and Roll Santa,” rounded out the show with the band’s annual Hanukkah run closer, “My Little Corner of the World,” which continued the band’s tradition of welcoming out frontman Ira Kaplan’s mother Marilyn for the tune.
The evening capped an eight-night stint for Yo La Tengo at the venue in celebration of Hanukkah which saw the group welcome a number of special guests. On Friday, they collaborated with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, and on Monday, the band welcomed out comedian, actor and longtime friend Fred Armisen.
See last night’s setlist below, courtesy of Jesse Jarnow.
Yo La Tengo
Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Big Day Coming, Five-Cornered Drone, Today Is The Day, Upside Down, Is That Enough, The Weakest Part, I’ll Be Around, I Feel Like Going Home, Dreaming, Sudden Organ, Emulsified, Clumsy Grandmother Serves Delicious Desert By Mistake > And the Glitter Is Gone > Nuclear War
Enc: Rock and Roll Santa, More Stars Than There Are In Heaven, My Little Corner of the World