Yo La Tengo have announced they will return to New York’s Bowery Ballroom this December to continue their Hanukkah tradition of playing eight consecutive, guest-filled nights during the Jewish holiday.
YLT first held the Hanukkah run at Bowery Ballroom last year, after a five-year hiatus of the event following the closure of former host venue Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, in 2013. The veteran indie-rockers played the eight-night celebration at Maxwell’s almost every year from 2001 to 2012, and they will return to Bowery this year for shows December 2–9.
The members of Yo La Tengo spoke about bringing the shows to Manhattan in a feature in Relix earlier this year, with drummer Georgia Hubley saying, “When Maxwell’s closed, it seemed inconceivable that we would do it anywhere else. But, this year, I started to feel like, ‘Maybe it’s time to bring it back.’ It probably had a lot to do with the  election and everything going on.”
Frontman Ira Kaplan added, “I was the last person to think it was a good idea to bring them back. But now, I’m discovering how much I had been remembering the hard parts and forgetting the good parts.”
Tickets for this year’s Hanukkah run go on sale this Friday, September 14.