Spring of 2013 is set to see some great gigs in Tel Aviv by some of the world’s greatest musicians. We’ve picked out three not to miss and featured them here.
February 28, and March 1, 2011
Barbie Club , Tel Aviv
Presale- 179 Nis (sold out)
Full price – 220 Nis.
Three and half years since their first visit to Israel, Calexico is returning to Israel for two more shows. Their music is an interesting eclectic combination between Americana, indie Rock, Country, surf, Jazz and Mariachi music. Calexico formed 17 years ago and released over 20 records including collaborations with famous indie music figures such as Iron & Wine, ,Neko case (The New Pornographers) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket).
Their two last gigs in 2009 were unforgettable. Just think about great fiesta, Spanish guitars and ecstatic crowd and for one night only let’s pretend like we’re in Mexico.
So far it seems that 2013 is not going to be as prosperous as 2012 in terms of international gigs. Indie music concerts are rare these days – and you don’t want to miss it.
Ehud Banai, who apparently is a big fan of the band, was a special guest of the band’s last time. With a little luck, maybe he’ll drop by for another visit. Check him out preforming the classic “Guero Canelo”:
Expect material mostly from their latest album “Algiers” and probably a few covers. The band likes to play the classic “Alone Again” by Love and there’s a big chance they’ll play “From your Love” by the Yardbirds as well. The Barbie club can be the perfect location for this kind of soundtrack – one big vintage chandelier, 2 floors and no separation between the stage and the crowd. With the combination of these two – all you have to do is just wait for the magic to happen.
Is there any need to introduce? Q magazine perfectly described them as “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known”, and I add the title “most influential electronic band”. The band formed in 1980 which means over 3 decades of unstoppable music. On August 2006 the band was supposed to perform in Tel-Aviv as part of their world tour for their new album “Playing the Angel”. Unfortunately, the gig was canceled at the last minute due to the second Lebanon war. The band promised to return and so they did in 2009, preforming for an audience of over 50,000 people.
Once again, the band is giving Israel the honor of opening their world tour. As always, it’s going to be very special. Last time the producers picked a really bad venue – Ramat Gan’s stadium. This time, the sound and view will be much better in Hayarkon Park (but be prepared to come as early as possible).
Depeche Mode has an unbelievable number of hits – even if you can’t name them you will be stunned by how many songs you’ll recognize from the first note.
Believe it or not, Depeche Mode Israeli fan club is one of the biggest in the world. In other words, expect a very dedicated crowd with many sing along moments.
What to expect?
Depeche Mode is a wild card. They have a new album coming (Delta Machine) and this is their first show on their worldwide tour so it will be a bit hard to predict their first setlist for 2013. Having said that, you can almost be 100% sure they’ll play the inevitable hits “Enjoy the Silence” ,“Personal Jesus” and “Never Let Me Down Again”.
Shuggie Otis is a living legend, a timeless icon of funk and soul. Otis started to play the guitar at the age of 2 and joined his father’s band at the age of 12.
His name is well established as a guitar phenomenon and he was even asked by The Rolling Stones to join as a lead guitarist but he declined the offer without any explanation.
His masterpiece and most critically acclaimed album was called “Inspiration Information” it consists mostly from instrumental tracks. Listen to “Strawberry Letter 23”, probably one of the greatest sampled songs of all time:
In contrary to the first two bands in this post, this his first ever (and only) show in Israel. Moreover – that’s his first European tour in the last 20 years!
Soul/Funk gigs are still a rare sight in Israel (with the exception of Eilat’s Red Sea Jazz Festival).
It will be quiet interesting to see the crowd it brings to the “Barbie” Club.
What to expect?
Expect songs from the reissued album “Inspiration Information” and the classic “Freedom Flight. The Barbie club will turn into a hazy New Orleans jazz club for one night only.