Sweet music coming your way in the next two weeks!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
Blues & Booz “I’ll play the blues for you” featuring the powerful pipes of Gal de Paz at Pasaz (94 Allenby)! Doors open at 22:00, admission 10 NIS. Gal de Paz will be performing with the Blues & Booz house band, followed by a cool jam. If you want to perform, sign up on the Blues & Booz page. Check the facebook event for updates.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Sabir debut album release party at Pasaz (94 Allenby)! Sabir: Anat Gutman – Flute and Beat, Elik Harpaz – Viola, Chen Amar – Saxophone, Sharon Mansur – Keyboards, Yanai Avnet – Bass, Shalev Srur – Drums. Doors open at 21:00, tickets are 50 NIS in advance – get them via this link. Check the facebook event for updates.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Canadian singer-songwriter Jen Charlton will be launching her debut album at Beit Hayotzer (Hangar 22, Port of Tel Aviv). Doors open at 20:30, show at 21:30. Tickets are 45 NIS in advance/60 NIS at the door – get them via this link.
Rosh Hashana Blues Jam at the Bar Giyora (30 Ibn Gabirol – basement) – doors open at 22:00, admission FREE! Check the facebook event for updates.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
Ethio-jazz musician Hailu Mergia will be performing at the Barby (52 Kibbutz Galuyot) – seriously not to be missed!!! Born in northern Ethiopia, Mergia began playing piano and accordion in the Ethiopian military at age 14. As a keyboardist (organ & Moog synthesizer) with the Walias Band, made musical history on many levels –for their innovative instrumentals, drawing on Ethiopian traditional music with jazz interpretations and contemporary instruments; and they were the first band to buy their own instruments and gain independence from club owners. The band not only became popular in Ethiopia in its time, but also contributed to the wider rediscovery of Ethiopian jazz. Musiqawi Silt, composed by Girma Bèyènè, recorded on their album Tche Belew, (with Mulatu Astatke on vibraphone) in 1977 was released on Éthiopiques 13: The Golden Seventies – Ethiopian Groove in 2003, and covered by many other bands. When the Walias band came to the US in 1981, touring with Mahmoud Ahmed, several members, including Mergia, decided to remain there. Settling in the Washington DC area, Mergia initially formed the Zula Band, but made his living as a taxi driver, keeping his keyboard in the trunk, and taking it out to practice in the back seat between customers. In 1985, Mergia went into the studio and recorded Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument, laying down tracks with drum machine, Rhodes piano, Yamaha DX7 and accordion. Aside from Ethiopian jazz cognoscenti, Mergia’s music remained mostly in the back seat, until Brian Shimkovitz (Awesome Tapes from Africa) came across a cassette, and contacted Mergia. The rest is history. Mergia has since been performing to great acclaim in the US, and it is a great thrill to have him perform in Tel Aviv! Opening for Mergia will be Israeli trumpeter Sefi Zisling, who recently released his debut solo album. Doors open at 20:30, show begins an hour+ later. Tickets are 124 NIS in advance – get them via this link. Check for updates on the facebook event.
TEDER Town Fair – art carnival, mayhem & music at TEDER (9 Jaffa Road)! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to midnight! Arist’s interpretations of traditional carnival booths & great live music – under the baton of Eyal Talmudi during the day & hosting Uzi Ramirez, Sefi Zisling, Malox & more… Thursday night Miss Red, Friday night Boom Pam, and Saturday night Victoria Hanna. Admission free, booths will be charging a small fee for participation. Check the facebook event for updates.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
Yael Kraus & Eli and The Chocolate Factory will sweeten your weekend with an afternoon of New Orleans blues & swing at the Ozen Bar (48 King George)! Doors open at 14:00, tickets are 40 NIS in advance – get them via this link. Check for updates on the facebook event.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
The Soos Label will be showcasing some of their cool musicians at the Ozen Bar (48 King George)! Featuring Lo, Tzad Gimel, Neta Weiner (System Ali) and more… Doors open at 20:00, admission 20 NIS. Check the facebook event for updates.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
The 10th Piyut Festival will take place at Beit Avi Chai from September 24 – 28, 2017. All the events are listed in English on the website. Highlights: Sunday – the poetry of Solomon Ibn Gabirol as interpreted by Shuli Rand, Rabbi Haim Louk, Micha Shitrit, Shai Tsabari, Haviva Pedaya and Bacol Serlui, under the musical direction of Rea Mochiach; followed by Indie Piyut with Talia Alaev, Shalom Gad, Neomi Hashmonay, Yehu Yaron, and Shani Peleg, under the artistic direction of Shira Z. Carmel; Monday – the Peretz Eliyahu Ensemble; Thursday – Yearnings for Yerusalem, prayers of Ethiopian Jewry in Hebrew performed by spiritual leaders of the Ethiopian community, Gili Yalo, Abate Berihun, Almog Behar, Aveva Desse, Adi Adonia; and the closing show – Ravid Kahalani and Omer Avital in a performance of Hallel.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
Tamar Radah will be celebrating the release of Nemala – the first single from her upcoming debut album – at The Zone (Harechev 13)! Doors open at 20:30, tickets are 40 NIS in advance – get them via this link. Check for updates on the facebook event.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH
Multi-instrumentalist Jah Levi & The Higher Reasoning will be coming to The Zone (Harechev 13) for a Roots Reggae performance with special guests Ester Rada and Yossi Fine! Check the facebook event for updates. Doors open at 21:00, show at 22:00. Tickets are 60 NIS in advance (until Sept 20th), get them via this link. Check the facebook event for updates.
Tiny Fingers Space Jam at Kuli Alma! Textured layers of instrumentals that send the mind to the outer reaches of consciousness and make the body MOVE!!! (Midnight East interview with Oren Ben David ) Oren Ben David – Guitar, Boaz Bentur – Bass, Tal Cohen – Drums, Nimrod Bar – Keys & Synths. Doors open at 21:00, show around 22:30, admission FREE! Check the facebook event for updates.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
Bread Jar Blues presents Opher Ziv at Beit Kandinof (14 Hatzorfim)! Country blues. Doors open at 20:30 – it’s a pass-the-hat event, with 40 – 50 NIS recommended to cover costs. Check the facebook event for updates.