We’re about to see the return of a great indie tradition. For 12 years straight, New Jersey OGs Yo La Tengo would play eight nights in a row every year, during Hanukkah, at the tiny Hoboken club Maxwell’s. Those shows would be full of surprises: Guests, unexpected covers, that kind of thing. And when Maxwell’s closed down in 2013, it seemed like the Hanukkah shows were dead. But now, five years after they played their last run of Hanukkah shows, Yo La Tengo are doing them again. And this time, they’ve got a bigger venue, and one that’ll be easier for most New Yorkers to get to.
Last night, during their set at the Central Park SummerStage, Yo La Tengo announced that they’d play a whole new set of Hanukkah shows this year at New York’s Bowery Ballroom — not a huge room by any means, but one way bigger than Maxwell’s. The band promises more details to come, but tickets for those shows will be up for sale later this week, and you’ll be able to get them here.