Last night at the Colden Center at Queens College the National Council of Young Israel in conjunction with the Queens Jewish Community Council presented a Pre-Purim Celebration. The show had some of the BIGGEST names in the business such as Avraham Fried, Lipa, Michoel Pruzansky, New York Boys Choir, NACHAS and choir by Zemiros. more then thirteen hundred people showed up to show their support for these amazing organizations and of course to hear their favorite artists. Needless to say the artists in question did not let down their fans. Each and every singer brought their “A” game and defiantly help prove the show to be “Pre-Purim” worthy. The show opened with NACHAS singing his hit single Ah Simcha! which we were told by MC Yossi Zweig that Nachas will be releasing it soon as a remix music video.
Next on the docket was Yitzy Bald‘s New York Boys Choir. Lipa was having such a good time watching them back stage that he couldn’t help but jump up and down. Yitzy and the choir performed two songs off their debut album, One Day by Matisyahu and a BRAND NEW song entitled Pump It Up which Yitzy said will be released in the near future.
Then came LIPA. I am telling you that I have never seen Lipa that good in a long time. He did Noideh off his new album Dus Pintele, then Abi Meleipt and finished his set with Hentelech. The crowd, band and even performers back stage were buzzing with the energy of Lipa’s performance. No one could get enough. It was clear that the party had started.
Then it was PRUZ time. Michoel made his way to the stage and opened up the Yitzy Bald hit song Shteig. Pruz was on top of his game, and the audience knew it. Next Michoel slowed things down with his well known ballad Pia Poscho and closed his set with the mega hit Zeh Lozeh. You could feel the electricity in the air. People kept asking when PRUZ’s net album would be out. It seems that in the two years since the release of MP# people want more PRUZ.
Now it was time to kick things into gear. Yossi introduced my favorite performer of all time Avraham Fried. What a classy act. Avremel opened up with his hit song from the 80′s Forever One and the Zemiros choir lead by Yoel Polatseck did a phenomenal job backing him up. Next was the hit song Hofachto followed by a story and of course a borocho for all with Bentch. A young kid joined Avremel on stage to sing Bentch, and your heart couldn’t help but melt. Avremel closed his set with an oldie Im Yehudi Hashem Yodeah and the crowd went wild.
After intermission things got started up again by Michoel Pruzansky with the supersong Tasseh Mitzvah, and then slowed down with the gut wrenching You’re Watching Me. However, one of the highlights of the evening was when Michoel debuted a new song off his upcoming album called Rak Rega, that was when everyone got out of their seats and danced in the aisles. After hearing that song, I cannot wat for his new album slated for a suummertime release.
Lipa was back on the stage