Last night I attended the 6th Annual Downtown Seder, presented by XM Satellite Radio and hosted at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. I was invited as a guest of Downtown producer (and Knitting Factory founder) Michael Dorf as a thank you for contributing a Shabot 6000 comic to the Passover Haggadah. Just like last year, the seder was a blast, only better! With talented acts including the music of Neshama Carlebach, DJ Spooky, Y-Love, and readings by Lou Reed and Dr. Ruth, you couldn't ask for a more ecclectic and entertaining Passover party!
I especially enjoyed a performance by Yitz Jordan, a.k.a. Y-Love, and as it turns out, we are mutual fans of each other. My first encounter with Y was on Myspace Music, where he confessed that he could do a much better job of rapping than whoever rapped in my Seda' Club (that was me)! I asked him why he had to be a seder hater ... But now that we've settled the whole Eastside-Westside rapper rivalry, we plan to work on a joint project together.
Also turns out that the bad boys of musical comedy duo What I Like About Jew and I also share a mutual respect for each other's work, and Rob Tannenbaum and Sean Altman treated me to an autographed CD of their new album, Unorthodox. Thanks, dudes!
A special thanks to Michael Dorf, who, as one speaker put it, is the only guy who could throw a party where Jews of all streams, from Reform to Orthodox to Secular to Unorthodox Orthodox, come together as one.