Lakewood’s Evanal Band Gets New Drummer

VIDEO:  Eighteen year old Yaacov Friedman from Far Rockaway, has just been signed exclusively with Lakewood’s Evanal Band replacing Shopsi Brodie, TLS has learned. Shobsi, who has been with the band since its inception, has entered another profession. Friedman has taken lessons for several years  by Gal Gershovsky and other famous drummers.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. What a pleasure to read about such a pleasant topic. We all need a break from all the political posts about Hershel, Bob, yellow trash bins–well, maybe leave that one out. Stop and listen to the music.

  2. Why do you nee to post his age? I’m sure profesional music playing is the best thing for this particular boy and I wish him much hatzlacha but I don’t think we need to encourage 18 year old bochurim to be joining bands at that age. Its not necessarily the best enviorment for a bochur. Vehamaivin yavin.

  3. Very nice for the band but its not fair I am also a 17 year old bochur and I always had dreams of playing for a band at weddings and concerts..it would be so much fun. My parents and rebbeim just never let…they always said I should learn in yeshiva instead. Maybe now I can finaly convince them!

  4. OK OK WOW O WOW GREAT JOB LETS SEE HIM LIVE THEN WILL REALLY SEE IF HE CAN HOLD IT UP IM SURE HE CAN BUT LETS SEE

  5. I heard R Malkiel Kotler gave a beracha to the band. That is why they so sucsessful (also because they play graeat)

  6. I think the big news is not the arrival but the departure.Good Luck to Mr. Broyde. Finally, there is someone in the black hole of the music business, who realizes that long term planning means leaving the music business means getting a steadier job. Not bashing musicians, they are great guys, but it doesn’t have much of a future financially. Rosenblatt, when you going to another profession?

  7. Nice to see boys not cut out for full time learning getting involved with something kosher to keep themselves occupied with. Hey if you not gona learn what better mitzva than mesameach choson vekalah. If we would encourage others to get involved with guta zachen like this we might have a bunch less kids at risk. Let’s not all be so closedminded and be chanoch l’naar al pi darko and we might see nice results. The gedolim of the past always encouraged children not cut out for learning a whole day to do chesed instead like being a gabay tzedaka and the like. We have to realize that not every child is able to be a rosh yeshiva and trying to make every bochur (and yungerman. But that’s another discussion) fit one mold is a real problem in this generation. Keep it up guys keep rockin! We are all behind you!

  8. as a percussionist i am happy to see the interest this young man has for the drums. please grasp the sticks using the proper method and you will get a better flow. the way to carnegie hall is practice practice practice.

  9. Everyone calm down! EvanAl is a great band and will only be better with yaakov Friedman on the drums! Yaakov you are truly amazing and you are definitly one of the best drummers in the jewish music business. Chaim this catch was huge! I’m very happy for Mutti, Eli, and Chaim that we were fortunate enough to have yaakov available for us to replace/destroy me, as I continue down the road of living a different life with my new position. No, Nolan YOU rock! You are the best sound engineer, your outstanding work makes it all happen! The lax family really deservs the most credit for letting us form ourselves into what we are today. Hatzlacha to the whole crew, may you guys continue to be misameach people all over the map with much success!!!

  10. EvanAl Is A family not just a band and I’d like to point out once family always family! Shabsi isn’t Goin Anywhere just not playing drums anymore! Yakov Welcome! And we all can’t wait till the season starts!

    P.S. This is all A little premature, Although Yakov has entered the family and we’re rehearsing non stop together, Shabsi still has Another season on the drums!!

  11. yacov is a tremendous masmid and is known as a talmid chochom in his yeshivah. his talent is not a stirah to his amailus b’Torah.

  12. brilliant! brilliant! brilliant! i heard that these guys are the buisiest band in the music buisness. heard they are booked solid through next year. great for them. wish em lot of luck.

  13. Maybe his rosh yeshiva agreed with his choice but I know for a fact that others doing the same are doing it against the advice of their rosh yeshiva. That’s why I’m a bit surprised TLS is heralding this as a major success story.

  14. I think its great that an ehrliche ben Torah is utilizing his talents to bring Simcha to klal Yisroel and also to perhaps one day support his family with dignity.

  15. GREAT MUSIC DOES NOT MEAN LOUD MUSIC YES THEY ARE LOUD THATS FOR SURE CONCENTRATE ON PLAYING WELL THEN PLAY!!!!!

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