Tuesday, December 27, 2005

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a keyboard and Lenny, ‘cause Shlock Rock was here!

Having watched and enjoyed the videos of the recent Shlock Rock concert in Milwaukee with the the Moshe Skier Band playing back-up, I was eager to hear more. So when I noticed on Shlock Rock's online calendar that they were having three concerts within hailing distance of our apartment on Dec. 24th and 25th . . .

Well, after considerable wondering around the wilds of Westchester County, we finally managed, thanks to the Punster’s much-appreciated skill at getting unlost, to get to the concert just barely on time (which is to say that the band started playing roughly the same 15 minutes late that we arrived—thank goodness for "Jewish Time" :) ).

We took seats in the back row and proceeded to dance through most of the concert. Lenny Solomon, the leader of the pack, is a master parodist, and brought many smiles to our faces. Not only is learning good (to paraphrase the name of Shlock Rock’s first album), but, with Lenny and company in charge, it’s a lot of fun, too. You haven't lived until you've heard the doo-wop version of "Baruch haGever", and, if your kids are old enough to have seen Disney's "The Little Mermaid," they (and their parents) will get a real kick out of "Into the Sea."

The audience was singing and dancing along, with much encouragement from the friendly folks onstage, who spent half of the intermission signing autographs and taking song requests for the second half of the concert. Fortunately for the audience, Lenny’s frequent sidekick, Etan G., the Jewish Rapper, was on hand to present (or “represent”) the importance of wearing a kippah and making hamotzi, and was being so nice about giving the kids autographs during the intermission that he had to be practically dragged back on stage with a hook! :)

If you’re fortunate enough to have an opportunity to attend a Shlock Rock concert, run, do not walk! Take your kid(s), grandkid(s), niece(s), nephew(s), your neighbor’s kid(s), yourself, your spouse or your boyfriend or girlfriend, your best friend, the "morning minyannaires" and the whole gang from shul/synagogue. Take your chevruta/learning partner, your classmates from shiur/Jewish religious studies or Ulpan/Hebrew class. Just go!

Never in my life have I had so much fun on, you should pardon the expression, xmas eve.


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