Just wanted to give some timely updates about a couple of musicians I know who you may be interested in checking out.
Gabriel Mann is a guy I knew growing up in Young Judaea in Texas. Though we weren’t close (he was a couple of years older than I, as he still is), I remember him as the typical Jewish kid playing the Billy Joel songs on the piano as everyone stood around him in wonder. Except that he played them really, REALLY well. He spent a year in Israel….I spent a year in Israel…next time I saw Gabe, it was several years later and he had moved to LA. Fast forward a few more and Gabe is opening up for Alanis Morrissette, cranking out incredible albums, and having his new band’s (The Rescues) song featured TONIGHT on the season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy”. Americans, check it out. My fellow Israelis, we’ll just have to illegally downlo… umm, rent it from Ozen Hashlishi as soon as it comes out.
Lilac has performed all over Israel and just released a brand new CD which is great. (She also helped me to do my Israeli taxes for which I am eternally grateful after I ignored them for about six months. Mas Hachnasa (Income Tax Authority), don’t take it personally, I have a major srita (“scratch”, or issue) when it comes to acknowledging my mail.) Anyway, you can catch Lilac tomorrow in Herzliya Pituach (click here for more info) or on Saturday in Caeseria. She has a great voice and her bandmates, especially regular Shay Tochner, are fantastic as well.
And although I’ve never done it professionally, I can do a mean impression of Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish. In case anybody wanted to know.
More about Gabriel Mann:
Personal site: http://www.gabrielmann.com/
Facebook fan page: http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Gabriel-Mann/28491530725
The Rescues: http://www.therescues.com/
More about Lilac Sheer:
Purchase CD from abroad: http://cdbaby.com/cd/lilacsheer
Order via e-mail in Israel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to the album: http://www.lilacsheer.com/en_music.asp