A young Vulfpeck fan posted a video on TikTok expressing amusement and frustration after he mistakenly drove two hours to see the band perform, only to discover that the show was actually the 42nd annual Yiddish klezmer concert featuring Vulfpeck founder Jack Stratton‘s klezmer trio Yiddishe Pirat.
In May, Stratton announced that he would play a free show at Cain Park in his hometown of Cleveland Heights, OH alongside Josh “So-Called” Dolgin (piano, accordion, vocals) and Michael Winograd (clarinet) as Yiddishe Pirat. The show was to be recorded and released as a full-length klezmer album. But apparently Brett McCutcheon missed the memo, because he trekked to the show thinking he was seeing Vulfpeck, not Yiddishe Pirat. “I drove 2 hours to see the band Vulfpeck just to realize its just the drummer from Vulfpeck and that this was the 42nd annual Yiddish Concert,” he wrote in a video that included clips of the concert.
In the video, audience members can be seen joining hands and reveling in traditional Jewish fashion. “Looks like it was a real simcha!!” musician Michael Elson commented.
McCutcheon seemed to accept his mistake with a positive attitude, bursting into laughter as he filmed himself in the crowd. Vulfpeck reposted the humorous video with a caption consisting mostly of pirate flag and crying laughing emojis (“Yiddishe Pirat” translates to “Jewish Pirate”). Hopefully he managed to enjoy the show, even though it wasn’t exactly what he was expecting.
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In addition to his klezmer project, Jack Stratton is set to release a new album under the moniker Vulfmon as part of the Vulf Vault vinyl series. He has shared a few songs from the album, including lead single “How Much Do You Love Me”, and just yesterday he shared a video for “Take Me To A Higher Place”.
Unlike the previously released singles, which came in the form of live performance videos, Vulfmon’s latest track comes with a full music video in which Jack Stratton portrays a funky dance cult leader training his two disciples “to dance in professional music videos.” Some of the moves they learn include the “Jai Alai Bye Bye” and the “Jazz Hand Warrior II.”
The two disciples, garbed in plain tunics, ask four questions of their leader, eliciting profound and humorous aphorisms. When one asks “Vulfmon, how do you remain so gentle yet so disciplined with your followers,” the sage replies, “Better a sore tuchis (ass) than a tattered neshama (soul).”
Check out the “Take Me To A Higher Place” video below.
Vulfmon – “Take Me To A Higher Place”