Live: Yo La Tengo SASS Foundation Benefit


It's not often you get even a half decent band to play in the suburbs, but this past Friday night saw a two hour acoustic set by veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo at the Jeanne Rimsky Theatre in Port Washington, NY. Insound and The FADER joined forces to support The SASS Foundation for Medical Research (a non-profit that is the driving force behind a continuing series of benefit shows at this venue) to present YLT to almost 400 people. The vibe was completely laid back and almost fully interactive—the Hoboken trio took questions from the audience in between songs for the duration of their set that included fan favorites such as "Black Flowers" and "Mr. Tough," along with plenty of interesting covers, including Velvet Underground's “I Found a Reason” and The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple." Lead Singer Ira Kaplan, his drummer/wife Georgia Hubley and bass player James McNew were true champs for coming out to Strong Island on a ridiculously rainy Friday to help raise money to fight cancer.

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Live: Yo La Tengo SASS Foundation Benefit