Sean Altman brings his satirical acoustic toe tapping ditties to town with rockapella Jewmongous.
By Shira Karsen
Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? Who cares! Sean Altman – the brains and talent behind the theme song for PBS award winning geography show – has moved on. His latest project JEWMONGOUS is not for kids “unless your training them to be sailors,” he says. Years after founding Rockapella – yes, the insanely adorable acapella-rock group who wrote songs for “Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego?” – Altman channeled his heritage and resurfaced fully in touch with his relentless Jewish roots in this new satirical (and wholly inappropriate) song-concert, JEWMONGOUS. With songs like “Be My Little Shabbos Goy” and “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat),” which is dedicated to the story of Passover and was even featured as NPR‘s Song of the Day, it’s difficult to hide that little chuckle you get when something is so politically incorrect yet hilariously true.
So lucky for us living in the DMV, we can now see Altman in all his JEWMONGOUS glory at The Birchmere in Alexandria on Wednesday, December 21st (which fatefully happens to be the second night of Hanukkah.) The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $25, but unless you’d like to answer questions on why a scruffy Jewish hipster is singing about the Pope hating Jews, we suggest you hire a babysitter. The show’s disclaimer notes: All faiths welcome, especially Jews.