MY REVIEW OF HASC'S 20TH A TIME FOR MUSIC CONCERT: Part I


After I started typing the review I realized it was getting pretty wordy so I broke it up into three parts. Here is Part I, a review of Shalsheles Jr, Baruch Levine and Dedi. Y
ou can view behind the scene photos of the concert at Shlager.net and Shirlo.com or photos of the main concert here.

Update: For Part 2 of this review please click here. For Part 3 of this review please click here



These are my thoughts on the H.A.S.C.S’s 20th A TIME FOR MUSIC concert. The concert was held at Avery Fisher Hall at Licoln Center in Manhattan. The theatre is much better suited for this type of show then last years was at Carnegie Hall. The stage was a nice size and I don’t think I saw one empty seat.

-Shalsheles Jr.-

As with every year, the show started very promptly at 7.30PM with an overture of classic songs that you’d have heard at popular HASC concerts throughout the years. Following the overture,
Yitzchok Rosenthaul’s Shalsheles Jr. came onto the stage to sing their hit song Modeh Ani.

It’s important to note that while I was a huge Shalsheles fan, I wasn’t crazy about this Shalsheles Jr CD. There were a couple nice songs on it, but I’d rather have had the Shalsheles guys sing them. That said, they did a pretty good job. I think the sound levels may have been off, the kids sounded a bit too high, but that was adjusted after the first song. After Modeh Ani they sang their other hit song, a slow one, Ivdu This was performed way better then Modeh Ani, and it left me with a much better impression. Also one of the boys, Yosef Shick, (thanks Mindy – No thanks Mindy! lol,) Avi Mehl actually played the piano during the song, and to me if you play an instrument your heads and shoulders above everyone else. They then sang the wildly popular Shalsheles song Esah Einai and then one other fast song to end the set. <!–
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One last comment on the kids "dancing", I would strongly suggest, they don't. It was as if someone sat them down in front of a Shwekey Live in Paris DVD and forced them to watch it for 36 hours straight. 2 of them especially wouldn't stop doing Shwekey type moves. And trsut me, these are not moves that should be repeated. There is the flat hand on the stomach with elbow pointed outward move. There is the jacket buttoned with one top button and hand hold out one side of the jacket move. Of course there is the Pump fisting the microphone in the air move and bending head slightly while make serious closed eyes constipation face move. All trademarks of Shwekey all horrible. \n

After Shalsheles Jr Baruch Levine came out and sang the title track from his CD called V'Zakeini. One of the Shalsheles Jr boys came out to duet with him, I believe Avi Mehl. Baruch was ok, but he doesn't have the voice, he composes some very emotional songs, but in my opinion he just doesn't have the voice for this. \n

After that Nochum Segal directed everyone's attention to the video screen, and whispers of "Ohh, Lipa's videos …" could be heard throughout the first couple seconds. Unfortunately, it wasn't the Lipa video. What followed was Dedi appearing on a Dr. Phil show. Yes, I said Dr. Phil. At first they showed Dr. Phil coming out on stage and someone (rather badly) dubbing Dr Phil saying how recently a Jewish music singer is afraid to go out into public. He calls outs Dedi and we see the typical guest sitting on the side with a darkened background and the words Dedi Graucher, under him, and Dedi explains that he is afraid to do shows now because Suki & Ding tried to get him to come out on an elephant a few years ago and the Elephant didn't want to do it, cause he's fat, get it? Ya, the elephant didn't want to carry Dedi, cause he's fat? laughing yet? A few Kosher Design jokes later and we get the "punchline" that elephant in Hebrew is "pil", and Dedi thinks he's talking to a elephant doctor, oh, and he's fat, get it?\n”,1] );
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One last comment on the kids “dancing”, I would strongly suggest, um, they don’t. It was as if someone sat them down in front of a Shwekey Live in Paris DVD and forced them to watch it for 36 hours straight. Two of them especially wouldn’t stop doing Shwekey type moves. And trust me, these are not moves that should be repeated. There is the flat hand on the stomach with elbow pointed outward move. There is the jacket buttoned with just the top button and hand holding out corner side of the jacket move and lastly, there is the pump fisting the microphone in the air move and bending head slightly while making serious closed eyes constipation face move. All trademarks of Shwekey. All horrible. Don’t copy him, he may be able to sing, but he can’t dance. Emulate someone else.

-Boruch Levine-

After Shalsheles Jr, Boruch Levine came out and sang the title track
from his CD called V’Zakeini. One of the Shalsheles Jr boys came out to sing with him. Boruch was ok, but he doesn’t have the voice, he composes some very emotional songs, but in my opinion he just doesn’t have the voice for this.

-Dedi-

Nochum Segal then directed everyone’s attention to the video screen, whispers of “Ohh, Lipa’s video …” could be heard throughout the theater. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Lipa video. What followed was Dedi appearing on a Dr. Phil show. Yes, I said Dr. Phil. At first they showed Dr. Phil coming out on his show and someone (rather badly) dubbing Dr Phil saying how recently a Jewish music singer is afraid to go out into public. He calls outs Dedi and we see the typical guest sitting on the side with a darkened background and the Dr. Phil graphic and words “Dedi Graucher, Singer” under him.

Dedi explains that he is afraid to do shows now because Suki & Ding tried to get him to come out on an elephant a few years ago and the elephant didn’t want to do it … cause he’s fat …. get it? Ya, the elephant didn’t want to carry Dedi …. cause he’s fat. Laughing yet? A few Kosher Delight jokes later and we get the “punchline” that elephant in Hebrew is “pil”, and Dedi thinks he’s talking to a elephant doctor, oh … and he’s fat, get it? <!–
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Dedi then came out to the stage and sang the (OMG SO OLD) Zachreini Na. I was looking around for the time machine, because I could sworn I was at HASC 10. Dedi then sang a couple other oldies and then a couple more I sound like a goat, I love Kosher Delight and oh ya, I'm fat, jokes later he closed his set by doing a Shlomo Tribute. What more fitting way to show tribute to the great Reb Shlomo Carlebach then to sing (again) the Niggun Neshama song. Peoeple, aside from the fact that this was the overture and theme song for lasts years HASC concert, I don't think I'd be too far off if I suggested that even if Shlomo was still with us, HE'D BE SICK OF THAT SONG. Can we please, for the love of all that is holy in this world give that song a break? If they really wanted to show tribute to Reb Shlomo they could have sang Ani Avdecha, recreating that classic HASC moment, maybe save it for later and have the cast sing that song as a tribute. But they didn't, and we closed the first half with Dedi screaming "We miss you Shlomo!!" and Oy Di Di Doying Niggun Neshama off into the sunset. \n

Then we had speeches, and more speeches, and NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver got an award, Alan Gross, the original founded of Neginah Orchestra and the concert chairmen was recognised, Yisroel Lamm spoke, some hair loss jokes were made, it wasn't pretty. Then we got a slew of more mentions of more advertisers and sponsors, it was head turning, there were so many advertisements I thought I was at a Nascar Race. \n

Part II will cover the surprise guest performance of Dovid Gabay\n, as well as Ohad, Avraham Fried and the OMG\n, I'm still in awe, duets of Cantor “,1] );
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Dedi then came out to the stage and sang the (OMG SO OLD) Zachreini Na. I was looking around for the time machine, because I could sworn I was at HASC 10. Dedi then sang a couple other oldies and then a couple more I sound like a goat, I love Kosher Delight and oh ya, I’m fat, jokes later he closed his set by doing a Shlomo Tribute.

What more fitting way to show tribute to the great Reb Shlomo Carlebach then to sing (again) the Niggun Neshama song. Peoeple, aside from the fact that this was the overture and theme song for lasts years HASC concert, I don’t think I’d be too far off if I suggested that even if Shlomo was still with us, HE’D BE SICK OF THAT SONG. Can we please, for the love of all that is holy in this world give that song a break? If they really wanted to show tribute to Reb Shlomo they could have sang Ani Avdecha, recreating that classic HASC moment, maybe save it for later and have the cast sing that song as a tribute. But they didn’t, and we closed the first half with Dedi screaming “We miss you Shlomo!!” and Oy Di Di Doying Niggun Neshama off into the sunset.

Then we had speeches, and more speeches, and NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver got an award, Alan Gross, the original founder of Neginah Orchestra and the concert chairman was recognized, Yisroel Lamm spoke, some hair loss jokes were made, it wasn’t pretty. Then we got a slew of more mentions of more advertisers and sponsors, it was head turning, there were so many advertisements I thought I was at a Nascar Race.

Part II will be much more positive, that’s where the real meat of this show was anyway. I’ll cover Ohad, Avraham Fried and the OMG – “I’m still in awe” – duet of Cantor <!–
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Helfgot and Avraham Fried, plus of course the Kumzitz\n Finale and my rant about balloon popping.
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For Part II of this review please click here.

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