On Thursday night I went with 4 friends to see the Elieizer ‘Lazer’ Lloyd and his band.
Poster near my house. In fact most corners of main roads here in Jerusalem have these neon coloured flyposters with adverts for local entertainment.
Me and Christopher my work colleague outside the Yellow Submarine. This is an oddly located venue, its behind a shopping mall in a converted industrial unit next to some factories and car garages.
The hallway of the venue has some drawings of the Beatles’ album.
Lazer Lloyd is an American Orthodox Jew who made Aliyah sometime ago, and plays gigs all over Israel. His style of blues guitar is a mixture of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
Lazer’s drummer Moshe, who is also an Orthodox religious Jew, likes play a pretend invisible trumpet sometimes. The other guitarist Andy who is not Orthodox looks very much like Stevie Ray Vaughan, I didn’t catch the bassist’s name, but he also very good.
As a live music fan and this was a great night out.
Whats this big crowd today on this popular precinct?
Often there are musicians and entertainers of alsorts, but today this was a bit different.
This group of harpists, I think they are Christians from various different countries, were doing some playing for charity. There are about 15 of them with instruments of different sizes, there are handheld symmetrical ‘Davidic’ (ie: like the one King David owned) harps and the large floor standing ones, they have various different sized hollow bases to provide a different type of tone.
I didn’t hear them playing much as they were mainly giving a talk about their charity they were raising support for. The music was nice and very different. I had to leave to go to my church worship event. Later that day I was planning to see some Blues guitar at a club in downtown Talpiyot later that evening.
Interesting fact I read this week; the Marx brothers, the Jewish New Yorker family who did music and comedy, the most well known being Groucho Marx, one of the pioneers of modern sarcasm and grease paint moustaches, his older brother Harpo Marx left his famous harp to the State of Israel when he died in 1964, although I have not been able to find out where it is stored.