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Maccabeats to perform during Jewish Heritage Night

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
The Maccabeats. Photo used with permission of The Maccabeats.

The Maccabeats, a widely popular New York-based a cappella group, will perform at Prudential Center Wednesday night as part of the New Jersey Devils’ Jewish Heritage Night. Fans of the YouTube sensation will have the chance to hear the group perform on the concourse after the Devils take on the visiting Ottawa Senators.

The performance will round out a number of activities for Jewish Heritage Night, which will begin with a communal menorah lighting to mark the second night of Hanukkah.

“This will be our third time at The Rock during the Hanukkah season, and it's a rush each time. Some of our members are native New Jerseyites, and performing for their home sports franchise is a dream come true,” said Julian Horowitz, a member of the group.

While the ensemble first formed in 2007, it was four years ago that the Maccabeats really burst on the scene with their hit song “Candelight,” an a cappella parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” That song alone, a telling of the Hanukkah story, has amassed nearly 10 million views on YouTube. The group’s newest video “All About That Neis,” a spoof on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” has already registered over 100,000 views since its December 11 debut.

Music videos during the holiday season have become something of a tradition for the group, but they don’t always put out parodies. In 2011, the group performed Matisyahu’s song, “Miracle,” and in 2012, made a video featuring their original song, “Shine.” As an interesting nod for people who have watched the videos each year, the “Shine” video began with what looked like filming from the prior year’s production.

“The Candlelight video was originally conceived as a cute project that people could send around to their friends and families, but we realize that our videos could be so much (more?). There's a tremendous educational opportunity to learn and teach about the Jewish holidays and their themes, but we also want to help make those holidays fun,” Horowitz said.

Whether a parody or original, each of the Maccabeats’ holiday videos includes depictions of scenes from the Hanukkah story, including the Maccabees’ rebellion against Greek rule and the story of one day’s worth of oil for the Temple menorah lasting eight days.

In addition to Hanukkah parodies, the group has also performed a cappella covers of songs such as Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Andy Grammar’s “Keep Your Head Up.”

Based out of the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, where the members of the group attended Yeshiva University, Maccabeats has performed at the White House and been featured on national television, including the “Today” show, CNN and other news outlets.

Whether you’re a Devils fan, Maccabeats fan, or both, don’t miss out on Jewish Heritage Night at Prudential Center. Tickets for the game are still available at NewJerseyDevils.com.

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