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The Jewbadours: Cavalcade 2019

"Cavalcade" host Paul Cavalconte and the Jewbadors (photo by Jeremy Rainer, WFUV)

"Cavalcade" host Paul Cavalconte and the Jewbadors (photo by Jeremy Rainer, WFUV)

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Friends come a-calling and on this edition of FUV Live, The Jewbadours are in the studio for a Hanukkah celebration. The ad hoc Brooklyn-based outfit is a “fake band” of very real people, led by songwriter/keyboardist Julian Velard and songwriter/guitarist Ari Hest.

You’ve heard them as “themselves” on FUV (including Ari’s accompaniment of Judy Collins live in Studio A) but as The Jewbadours, they inhabit the roles of Yakob Veivelman and Ariel Hammerstein, to indulge in what they call “a celebration of pop music’s guiltiest pleasures.” That would be a menorah lit retelling of the holiday tradition through what is affectionately/derisively known today as “yacht rock.”

As Yakob explains, in those ancient Biblical days, the oil supply was “running on empty,” and the people kept on looking for the light, but “couldn’t get it right,” and declared, “all I need is a miracle.” They got what they prayed for, and we get what we deserve as the band jams on note-for-note recreations of the late ‘70s and early ’80s songs that they kvell.