Monday, December 27, 2010
Shine played for Pink Floyd, Queen, Bon Jovi, U2, Guns'n'Roses (which I must admit, Claire rocked the floor on Sweet Child O' Mine), and many other classical's, with several guests as well.
The energy on these guys is amazing, jumping all over the place, interacting with the audience, Claire's voice is stunning, the selection of music is real nice..
These are few photos from my lousy iPhone. Again, do something different this week and go see them.
P.S. I think Shine will be heading to Dubai soon, so check them out if you're there. You can follow their news here.
Monday, October 11, 2010
This post will be crowd sourced.
First of all, I want you to know, that I am inspired by people all the time. When I did the travel blogging in Armenia, all I can say is, my readers were on my mind the whole time, and every time I shot a photo I thought of you.
When I write a short story, or when I write about a sensitive topic or when I ask a question, it is YOU my readers who I actually long to read. I learn from you over and over again, and when I write a funny tweet (twitter status), all I look forward is making people laugh. And luckily I do, and makes me happy to know I am part of a small happiness the other person gets to feel.
Moreover, I love bringing people together and thus the recent tweetups (reunions) I have been organizing, and it puts a smile on my face to see that people meet and talk and discuss and maybe business opportunities can emerge.
So I shared my story. Can you share yours and tell me how Social Media changed your life? In 140, or okay.. 280 characters?
Photo source: www.abcey.com
Friday, October 08, 2010
Fairuz in Concert
With an orchestra of 27 musicians (violin, oud, drums, guitar, flute, saxophone, etc…), the very talented Michel Fadel on Piano, the Maestro, 10 in the chorus, and the white glowing Fairuz blew our heads away yesterday in Biel - Beirut.
A dream come true
I have always had a dream to see Fairuz live in concert, and Fairuz rarely ever has concerts in Lebanon, and only abroad and that always pissed me off. Once she came on stage after the orchestra mesmerized us with a beautiful music anticipating her entrance, everyone stood up… simple intuitive reaction. That’s what I did. Of course, an old man poked me asking me to sit down, I ignored him.. after the whole cheering finished, I turned back and said: "That’s Fairuz eh?"
She started with “Sallimleh 3alei”, and then… I did not see it coming so soon, she sang my ultimate favorite, a song which Ziad Rahbani composed for her “kifak inta”… I kept pinching myself thinking I was in a dream… It was simply.. majestic.
She sang 3oudak Rannan, Allah Kbir, Al ayil.. and a few songs from her new album such as “Eh fi amal”. This album, is exclusively available at the doors in Biel and will be available starting next week in the markets. I got myself the new album of course. And certainly, she came for an encore.
Fairuz in her white sparkly dress, with strong light always directed at her, she looked like she was God sent.
Fairuz is a DIVA... please media, use the word DIVA with caution and don't overuse it.
Many celebrities and few politicians were present. One of them was Adel Imam, I was at a 6 meters proximity from him, as soon as he came in, everyone greeted and applauded. He arrived early, unlike many other Lebanese attendees (Please arrive early from now on?). Anyway, Adel Imam looked very welcoming and smiling. Great guy.
Also it seems like, many came from abroad, mostly from the neighboring countries and the gulf.
But where was Ziad?
Sadly, Ziad Rahbani wasn’t on the piano, they’re saying he was sick… Ziad Rahbani also cancelled his Beiteddine concert earlier in 2010 summer, I don’t know if he is still sick since then, if that’s the case… then… I hope he gets better soon, we need (want, are dying) to see him alive and kicking in his concerts again.
Strict rules and regulations
Phones, Cameras and Cigarettes weren’t allowed, which was a bit annoying (not for the cigarettes though :P). Some people did sneak them in, such as myself, but I couldn’t get good photos sadly.
Fairuz, thank you.. you made thousands of people happy last night.
p.s. People going tonight, make sure you get her to do a second encore! We only got one (Audience a bit pappazé). So yell, scream, woooo!!!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
|Hamra Streets Festival|
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Monday, July 26, 2010
They performed yesterday in Damascus, and according to a friend of mine who attended the concert yesterday, they did perform an encore in Damascus' concert.
I personally agree with this comment, I think we were punished. Thus the no encore, more like the "plus moins". We are an epic fail sometimes.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Even though I was not the biggest fan of Gorillaz, as soon as I heard that they were coming to Lebanon, I knew I had to see them and it would be a one time experience/opportunity thing. This is not just any rock or jazz band, it's Gorillaz!!!!
The alternative rock, electronic, indie, hip hop, pop, rap... band seriously rocked the stage on Tuesday July 20 in Byblos. It was beautiful, even though a short performance with no "encore" :( , the vibes were amazing, and I cannot stress on how exhilarating it is to see the huge letters forming the band's name GORILLAZ in the back of the stage! The seats were full (and no one remained seated!), and the standing was more than full, I think there was more than 5000 attendees.
From the playlist, there was Stylo, On melancholy hill, Superfast JellyFish, Kids with Guns, and my favorite two that were performed last Clint Eastwood and Feel Good Inc. What an amazing feeling to finally get to hear the famous laugh! HA HA HAHAHAHA...
White Flag and the Syrian orchestra
White Flag from their latest album "Plastic Beach" was performed with the collaboration of the Syrian Orchestra who in my opinion did a great job in the oriental intro of the song. They also performed a fully oriental piece just prior to White Flag. And... yes there was a huge white flag flapping around the stage.
I shot several videos, but the audio quality of my digital cam is very low, so unfortunately I cannot share them.
Boooooing the Syrians, seriously?
When the nice lead member of Gorillaz mentioned that they're very happy to be performing in Lebanon, everyone WOOOOOOed... then immediately afterwords he continued that they're also happy that they'll perform in Syria as well (trying to convey how happy they are that the Gorillaz are in the Middle East for the first time), people BOOOOOOed loud for about 4-5 seconds.... I was really really really ashamed. And to think the name of the song is White Flag, how ironic.
This is music people, let us leave our prejudice, stereotypes and complete and utter silliness out of it.
Gorillaz to play in Damascus on Sunday July 25th
People in Syria, ENJOY! You're going to LOVE it. It was one of the best concerts I've ever attended.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I had already written about Gemayze almost 4 years ago, and about Hamra here (such an authentic city) and here (where I compared it to Paris) a year ago or so. And now I want to extend to other parts of Beirut, which are Downtown Beirut and Raouche.
I have to admit it was the first time I see the famous Raouche Rock, and I have lived all my life in Lebanon only 15 minutes away from it. There are many restaurants that face the rock, which makes an exquisite view and ambiance, when I took this photo I was at BayRock Café.
This year, the stage is different, much bigger than last year's, this time it is facing north, and the sea, is on the left, even though it cannot be seen clearly, the sunset however is just beautiful, and this is something that we didn't get to see last year, as the stage was facing east, and the sea was behind us.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It will take place in Beirut, Downtown area, Hamra and Gemmayze. Stay tuned and keep checking this post, as I will add the full program here, so we can all organize what to visit and where.
It says that there will be a special "Event" in the DOME (Egg), some of the artists that will be performing there are: Fareeq El Atrash, The Incompetents, Zeid and the Wings, Ghazi Abdel Baki, Youmna Saba...
Updated: Here's the program on facebook.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Another great news was knowing that Mashrou' Leila, who is a Lebanese band, is also going to be performing in Byblos. I am very proud of this! Especially that Byblos festivals attract mostly western tourists, therefore this will be a great opportunity for Mashrou' Leila to be exposed to the western world.
Check more on the festival here www.byblosfestival.org. Also check my older post on other festivals in Lebanon.
For purchasing tickets online, you can do so from Virgin's www.ticketingboxoffice.com
Reminder, Placebo are performing in Forum De Beyrouth on June the 9th.
I am buying my tickets, TODAY :D
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Meeting other bloggers
Yesterday, this subject was brought up over dinner in La Estancia, where I had the amazing privilege of spending it with Sietske & MarrillionLb (and his better half, as he calls her), Call it destiny or a mere coincidence that we ended up having dinner together, but all I can say is, I loved listening to them talk about Lebanon, about Europe, about the different cultures, life abroad, life in Lebanon, war, Hezbollah, political parties, work, how we perceive things in life. It was quite a night, and I only regret arriving to "La Estancia" beaten by exhaustion, but I still managed to listen and concentrate, and of course, enjoy the really delicious food and dessert at La Estancia.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Anyone noticed that all three major summer festivals in Lebanon start with the letter B?
Programs announced or about to
Anyway, first of all Beiteddine is misspelled in the title of their website, why? Second, the programs of Baalbeck and Beiteddine have been announced and are now available on their websites. As for Byblos, the program will be announced on the 1st of June, so stay tuned to their website here.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Every 4 years, it's the same thing all over again. We, Lebanese, love enthusiasm, love supporting, love competing, love affiliating ourselves with a big football team out there. And what for? It might be a big psychological problem i.e. lack of affection, or never really having Lebanese team reach the world cup, or those might be post-war syndrome, etc... But the result? It's FUN FUN FUN.
During big games, there is no traffic. People gathered either in restaurants, coffee shops, pubs or the comfort of their own houses, over food, booz and lotsa nuts!
How do we prepare for the world cup? Take a look at the photos, and you will see there is a whole flag industry right there!
May the best team win (*coughs GERMANY coughs*)
Placing small flags on cars