Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mashrou' Leila in Sour on 25 and 26 July

Start Time: Friday, June 26, 2009 at 7:30pm
End Time: Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 12:30am
Location: Tyre Corniche - Facing the Sea Tents - كورنيش صور - الخيم البحري

In collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, Tyre & South Lebanon Festivals, Municipality of Tyre, and "NABAD" Organization

Zalghoutet el Corniche (Street Festival)

Fire, Light and Water Acrobatic Shows, Mystery Box, Cultural Heritage Highlights, Theatre, Music

From FRANCE: La Salamandre (the Fire Spectacle), Motus-Modules (Aerial Dance), and AeroSculpture (Aerial Spectacle)

From LEBANON: Lebanese Singer: Elie Rizkallah, Mashrou3 Layla (Lebanese Band), Abou Rita, Comedians, Rita Zbib (Sandouk el Firjeh)

Free Entrance!

Taking place on June 26, 27, 28 at Tyre Corniche - Facing the Sea Tents

From 7:30pm until midnight!

So here you go, in case anyone wants to attend, I advice you to go spend the whole day in Sour, the coast is amazing there, have a swim, sleep in a tent and attend a concert which will include at least one great band, "Mashrou' Leila"

Fete de la musique - After glow

La Fête de la musique 2009 was everything I expected and more. I got there a little bit late, but there was nothing that could stop me from going. It is a one time a year event and I wouldn't miss it at all. I have been to previous Fête de la musique events, and they were always amazing and extremely fun.

First I stopped by Saint Nicholas stairs at Gemmayze, in addition to having a stage at the bottom of the stairs on the street, some chairs facing the stage, there was a sort of an art exhibition. All the way from down to the top, artwork was showcased on both sides of the strairs.

As you can see in the above photo, an artist "Charles Nassar" made some artistic arrangements with shrapnels that were collected from the July 2006 war of Israel and Hezbollah. A nice way of taking something ugly and making beautiful things of it.

Someone overheard me say that I needed a program to decide where to go next, and the nice gentleman gave me the flyer that had the program on it. So I looked at it and saw that there was Mashrou' Leila in the Thermes Romains. I couldn't recall who had told me to check them out, but nonetheless I grabbed my enthusiasm and went to the roman ruins in Downtown Beirut.

When I arrived, a band called "The New Government" was playing, and as I looked up at the what sort of appears as a Colosseum, it was filled with people, so were the sides of the stage, and all the way up there on the upper street.

After they were done, came the infamous band Mashrou' Leila. Everyone was cheering, more people came closer to the stage, I was able to see the obvious fan base. In my early twenties I used to keep up with the music scene, local emerging rock and metal bands, attend their concerts, etc... But this was a unique and a first time experience, seeing so much positive energy and enthousiasm from the fans. I still didn't know what the hype was all about. When the music started, everything came clear. This is definitely a promising band that will go international, or so I predict. Unfortunately by the time Mashrou' Leila came on, my camera's battery was dead, but I still insisted on a souvenir and took a photo with my modest cellphone. You can check Mashrou' Leila in their myspace page or check their facebook group. They will be playing in Sour (Tyr) on Sunday July 26th.

Looking forward till next year's.

Ziad Baroud at La fete de la musique

I didn't recognize him at first, he just appeared like the average
Salim, an ordinary guy, dressed casually. And finally I hear:
"Liliane, your friend is here!" I look around and concentrate, and
still I wasn't able to recognize him (I will blame it on night light
and me being tired after a long day kayaking at the Litani), and then
my friend tells me again: "That's Ziad Baroud, your friend!" The
reason why they categorized him as my friend is because I really like
and respect the guy, and always compliment him on his work and defend
him, etc... So yes, I saw him, I was so happy to see him just there in
casual clothes, visiting Saint Nicholas stairs in Gemmayze and
checking the ambiance of fete de la musique, walking amongst us, I saw
him as a very modest person. Perhaps this is how all ministers should
be, but in Lebanon, a minister is always so mysterious, with trillions
of bodyguards and armed vehicles etc..

So Mr. Ziad Baroud, if you see this, I just want to say, GOOD JOB and
I really admire you, I wish all ministers can learn from you. I regret
not having a picture taken with you, but I took your picture anyway
with other fans.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another awesome event in Lebanon - Ziad Rahbani

Event: Ziad Rahbani in "Snatch" - Jemmayzeh

"Every Sunday night starting June 14th till July 5th"

Host: زياد الرحباني - ما العمل؟
Location: Snatch Gemmayze

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fete de la musique - Program

Fete de la musique will take place this Sunday 21st of June starting 8pm, in Beirut in the following location. Facebook event page here.

20h00 Limelight (Rock)
20h40 Khat Ahmar (Arabic Hip Hop)
21h35 Katibe 5 (Arabic Hip Hop)
22h05 Malikah (Arabic Hip Hop)
22h45 Anne (Rock)
23h30 Arcane (Rock)
00h20 The Kordz (Rock)
01h10 DJ Lethal Skillz (Scratch / Hip hop)

21h00 The Narcissist (Dubai / Hip hop)
10h45 Sandmoon (Folk)
23h20 Sylvain Nassar (Rock)
23h55 The Incompetents (Folk / Indie)
00h50 I-Voice (Arabic Hip Hop)

20h00 Bayat (Oriental)
20h40 Champlain (Chanson française)
21h15 Elias Diez (Rock français)
21h50 Karimbo Mixity (Rap)
22h25 The New Government (Rock)
23h15 Mashrou’Leila (Pop rock)
00h00 Fareeq el Utrush (Arabic hip hop)

GEMMAYZE (escalier St Nicolas):
20h00 Toni Bayeh (Oriental)
20h35 Cristobal (Indy-folk)
21h15 Youmna Saba (Lebanese Folk)
21h50 ShaBa wa l Kaylou tafaha (Comic critic)
22h05 Omarz & Grandsunn (Hip hop)
22h35 J-Electric (Funk / Jazz)
23h30 Meen (Lebanese rock)
00h20 Arnab (Live Drum n’bass)

04h – E.L.I & RABI-H - DJ SET - TECHNO


HAMRA (Next to Fransabank):
20h00 Nahna El Nas (oriental)
20h40 L’Fahrass (Arabic hip hop)
21h00 7 Ta2at (Arabic hip hop)
20h20 Bicro-phone (Arabic hip hop)
20h45 Plugged (Alternative rock)
21h25 The Crave (Alternative rock)
22h05 José González (Flamenco)
22h55 Sphere (Rock)
23h35 Vibrations (60’s rock)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fête De La Musique on Sunday June 21, 2009 at 8:00pm

Event: Fête De La Musique - June 21, 2009 - "MORE THAN 40 ARTISTS/BANDS - LIVE ACTS"
Date & Time: Sunday, June 21 at 8:00pm

I used to wait for this event every year, I remember I was very sad that in 2006 I wasn't in Lebanon to attend, but since the July war it was stopped (as far as I know) for the next years, but now it's back.

It's a wonderful atmosphere, amazing energy, I advise everyone who will be in Lebanon to go attend, there will me a variety or artists and various kinds of music, so you will definitely find something you will like. As soon as you get to either Downtown Beirut, or Hamra or Gemmayze, make sure you grab a brochure or flyer as it will have the program and the names of artists and bands that will be playing, when and where.

I will try to find a link to the event and update this post later with it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Montreal for the 2009 Dabke record in Guinness Book on June 20th 2009

Take part in making history! Come help Tollab - the Lebanese students' federation in Montreal - in one of the biggest record breaking events of 2009!
It is within the framework of the annual Lebanese festival in Montreal (held on June 19th, 20th and 21st 2009) that Tollab, in collaboration with MAESTRO travel, aims at setting up a new record for the longest dabke chain ever assembled; an accomplishment that will enter the famous Guinness book of records after being approved by its official representative.
The Federation's goal is to gather 3500 people at the Marcelin-Wilson Park on the 20th of June, and invite them to dance the Dabke for at least 5 minutes. This event will provide Montreal an international exposure that will highlight its multicultural face, hence uniting all Lebanese and Montrealers of all colors, religions, names or cultures.
The event will take place at 7:30 pm on June 20th 2009 at the Marcelin-Wilson Park, which is located on 11301 boul. de l`Acadie in Montreal, Quebec.

If you would like to participate, there's no registration beforehand, so you only need show up for the event.
For more information, you can visit the event's official facebook page here, or contact Tollab at communication@tollab.ca