New Years Eve: The Betty Bears at the Yellow Submarine

New Years Eve The Betty Bears At The Yellow Submarine


New Years Eve: The Betty Bears at the Yellow Submarine


New Year’s Eve in Jerusalem can take many forms, as befitting this widely diverse city.  The New Year’s Eve concert at the Yellow Submarine was truly unique, offering music that was current, yet harkened back to a different era, as part of a retro 1920s party that lasted long into the night.


The fun began even before the concert had started, as guests danced and milled around while drinking cocktails and champagne. The diverse audience encompassed  both the  religious and the secular, as well as grandparents, college students, and everything in between.


The concert itself featured a balance between upbeat swing and slow blues, by the Betty Bears, a Jerusalem-based band inspired by 1920s New Orleans. Lead singer Ella Daniel was mesmerizing, in a performance that channeled Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Band players  Evyatar "Boofer" Hermesh (Doublebass), Matan Ben David ( Banjo/Guitar), Yoel Shemesh Gold (Piano), Amitai Mann (Clarinet), Avior Rokah (Trumpet), Udi Raz (Trombone), Guy Fleisher (Drums), displayed virtuosic  talent that provided the perfect accompaniment to Daniel’s vocals. The crowd and the band counted down together to 2016, and joyfully ushered in the new year.


The concert was followed by an after-party with a music playlist skillfully compiled by DJ Yaya, and the dancing lasted well into the morning hours of the first day of 2016.