If you have been following the news, you would be aware that the excitement of a 50 year Woodstock reunion came and went. The original organizer Michael Lang just couldn’t pull it off again for a legion of reasons. I was only 9 years old at the time of the original Woodstock but if anyone asks me which era I feel most connected to it is that one.
Working in cooperation with Hitorerut as a member of their Cultural Division I am excited to share that we all have another chance to share the experience of a festival modeling the air of the original one. An event like none ever seen in Jerusalem- a two day festival with a lineup of over 20 bands, young and not so young, performing music from the sixties and seventies that many of them had never heard of. Turning these young musicians on to Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Melanie, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Credence Clearwater Revival and Country Joe and The Fish has been simply invigorating.
Joining us at this family friendly alcohol and smoke-free event will be classic bands such as The Elevators with their rendition of The Grateful Dead. Luckily Aryeh Naftaly and the Elevators agreed to join us only a short time after Aryeh’s home burned down in Mevo Modiin. God protected his studio and all of his equipment and guitars (which he usually kept at home) and everything was spared. God love Aryeh with his positive up and onward attitude! He will turn our young audiences on the legendary Grateful Dead like no other Jerusalem band can! He will be joined by Yitzhok Meir Malek doing a tribute to Bob Dylan and the talented David Gindis with his tribute to Credence.
This was also an opportunity for me to gather my Sobar youth together to perform their favorite bands from this era including all of the acts mentioned above and more. Sadly since the closing of the Sobar and our Sobar events these young talented musicians have had no place to show off their talents so this event will provide a much needed opportunity.
We will be joined by some of the best young talent in the city performing renditions of all of the well known bands who played at Woodstock and more in addition to their original music. Added to the list of artists will be the incredible duo “Tamar and Natanel” performing Simon and Garfunkel like no one else can.
So where can such an event take place you might ask? Thanks to a young visionary Hanan Mars who opened The Silo http://picdeer.com/silocafejlm where The Hatser once stood we have the perfect location. Only minutes walk away from the First Station down the train tracks “Off the beaten track” the Silo features a large open area with a vegetarian restaurant inside of one of the silos left over from the time Sonol filled them with gasoline. The Silo can actually host up to 800 concert attendees. Starting at three in the afternoon Thursday August 29th teen bands will begin the event with an hour of jamming and ending with their performances. Following the young bands will start the lineup of young professional bands. By nine o’clock the featured bands will begin playing until eleven.
Unlike all of Jerusalem’s other music festivals, the fun will not stop there. As is customary at The Silo during their Wednesday night events, we will light up the campfire bringing in the 70’s of Israel past and enjoy acoustic music by the “Medura”. For those of us who enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors, we will camp out under the stars and wake up to more music, yoga, juggling, face painting and more for the kids and pancakes for all!! By ten thirty in the morning the electric music begins again kicking off with Ofer Golany singing songs from The Mamas and the Papas, Peter Paul and Mary, Brewer and Shipley and more with more musical acts and the festival finale of The Elevators performing the Grateful Dead until three in the afternoon when we will close the festival setting the tone for a wonderful Shabbat following the three weeks with memories of the best Jerusalem festival ever!
Important to mention is that the musical acts have agreed to play for expenses only due to the goal of the funds raised. All of the money brought in from the festival will go to Sobar like events and programs run by HItorerut. Tickets are a requested donation of only 50 shekels for adults and 40 shekels for youth, soldiers and seniors. Of course for those wishing to donate more we will welcome your contribution in the hopes to again begin the tradition of family friendly events and programs where our youth can develop their talents and stage presence in front of live audiences such as you. Hope to see you there! The fb event for pre-registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/460769061142139/ For more information contact me at 0548108918 or email me at email@example.com .