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I am a Yid. I like to rock. Veitur!

- [ Tuesday, February 08, 2005 ] -
 
The Review are in
It's been a while since I mentioned Knishmas and I just wanted to let everybody know that it was AWESOME. Despite the massive snowfall and the lack of proper street-cleaning, it was a capacity crowd, oversold as the night went on. The crowd was very nice and everybody wanted to have a good time. I got tons of positive feedback on both of my bands. And I'm happy to say that Farbrengiton lived up to the hype, at least enough not to disappoint.

While the event was talked up enough in advertising and local papers, the reviews were unsurprisingly scarce. Nary a mention about the event was found, aside from my buddies.

Wait no longer. In the course of a vanity internet search, I came across an unsolicited, review by someone who doesn't know me. It's from the February newsletter of an alternative (much more alternative to some of you than to others) synagogue in the hip neighborhood. It's not so much a review as it is a nice summary of the evening. Here are a couple excerpts with my analysis.
Even Sh'siyah, which performed at the Christmas Day event at Spertus last year, and is heard throughout Chicagoland, did a rousing soul/jazz version of Psalm 150 ["Hallelu"].
In this one sentence, the author is clearly showing her attention to detail while describing that she enjoyed the show.
  1. She goes to the trouble of spelling the band's name correctly. Promoters, venues, photographers and hosting organizations are rarely capable of this simple task of looking at our website or CD. Yes, I know. It's a difficult name. The name seemed like a good idea when it was conceived.
  2. She demonstrates a knowledge of our history on that date. If you asked any of the seven members, I doubt even two could tell you what we did last year on December 25th.
  3. She demonstrates a knowledge of our performance by pulling out an accurately described highlight.
Great one-sentence review. Farbrengiton scored almost as well.
Farbrengiton, which was recently reviewed in the Reader, is composed of some very young and talented artists, and had the honor of leading up to the premiere band of the evening.
A critical smash!
  1. In this age of infinite probability for transliteration, she's two for two in cryptic, foreign pun, band names.
  2. She demonstrates a knowledge of the band's current context by mentioning our story-of-the-week article in the local free paper.
  3. She calls some of us "talented."
  4. She also calls some of us "artists."
The end of our one-sentence review is a little iffy, but we'll accept her kindness in not mentioning any of our shortcomings. Obviously, the author was absolutely smitten by Blue Fringe. Check out this three-sentence love-fest:
Blue Fringe, New York's hottest band, did a special late night set. The band regularly plays for huge audiences and agreed to stop in Chicago between world tour dates in Australia and the UK. The band's lead singer was outstanding. [my emphasis]
Obviously, the scope of praise in this paragraph is out of the range of this blog. Blue Fringe deserves every bit of this praise. They played a great set.

Thank you, Or Chadash, for the glowing reviews! Aside from the flawless grammar and spelling, people might think that it was a "review" straight out of Jewish Image (for NYers, think Country Yossi without the production values).


Comments:
That sounds like a great event. They should do that every year. Why didn't I hear about it? How can I find out abuot it next year?
 

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