The Israeli band Kaveret played two extremely well-received shows in Jerusalem at the Sultan's Pool this past week. Media reports indicate over 8,000 people attended the Thursday June 20th performance and even more on Saturday night. This is the first time the musical act has performed in almost 15 years.
The band performed Thursday night despite a leg injury suffered by vocalist and keyboard player Yoni Rechter during rehearsals. There was concern that the concert would have to be cancelled, but the starting time was merely delayed to allow Rechter to perform after he was treated at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital. The band also performed Saturday night. The Thursday show was added after the Saturday evening show sold out in advance.
Kaveret began in 1973 and released three hit albums: Poogy Tales, Poogy in a Pita, and Crowded in the Ear. The group is commonly known as "Poogy" as well (Poogy was a fictional character who starred in the band's comedy sketches, which were interspersed with songs on their records and in their shows). Most of the members went on to have successful solo careers. The band members are: Danny Sanderson, Gidi Gov, Yitzhak "Churchill" Klepter, Alon Oleartchik, Efraim Shamir, Meir "Poogy" Fenigstein and Yoni Rechter.
The audience was composed of fans both young and old in age, who enthusiastially sung along to such well-known songs as Yo Ya, Lamrot HaKol, and Natati La Khayay, which was voted #7 at the 1974 Eurovision song contest.
The crowds packed Sultan's Pool, an amphitheater near the Old City created out of an ancient water basin. The site was used in the time of the Maccabees for an aqueduct and later converted into a pool by the Ottoman sultans.
Not only was the Sultan's Pool packed with fans, but people stood overlooking the stage in the historic Yemin Moshe neighborhood to catch a glimpse.
Ben Bresky is a music journalist living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hassidic to trance. For mp3 archives click here. For Facebook click here. For Twitter click here.