Promoters hold out hope for some culture this summer

With news of Kansas band cancellation, organizers try to keep other performances on the calendar

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Lana Del Rey (Courtesy Lana Del Rey - Israel Facebook page)
Lana Del Rey (Courtesy Lana Del Rey - Israel Facebook page)

American rock band Kansas has officially canceled its August 5 performance in Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium.

The veteran rock band, currently on tour for its forty-year anniversary, is known for a string of 1970s-era hits, including “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on Wayward Son.”

While there were earlier rumors about the band’s change of plans, local promoters ProgStage Productions formally announced the cancellation on Wednesday.

Ticket holders should contact or call *8780 for a full refund.

ProStage said it didn’t expect a cancellation from heavy metal band MegaDeath, due to perform on August 6 in Tel Aviv.

“We’re getting organized for the band that isn’t scared of anything,” announced the company.

The concert promoter will also host The Manhattan Transfer on September 1.

Concert promoter Udi Appelboim says he’s also still expecting Lana Del Rey on August 20, and recently announced that local singer Marina Maximilian Blumin will be Del Rey’s warm-up act.

“No news is good news, right?” said Appelboim.

In Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Season of Culture, which postponed its two-month long list of activities, is still planning to hold its Sacred Music Festival on September 9-12.

In the meantime, Jerusalem Season announced a live radio show that will be broadcast for several days running from different sites in the city.

“Zion Point – Talking about Art Under Fire,” will be hosted by Jerusalem Season of Culture artistic director Itay Mautner. He’ll chat with special guests during each show, debating the complicated reality of trying to create culture during what has become an embattled summer.

The show will be broadcast live on the Jerusalem Season of Culture website. Listeners can also stop in to see the show live; Thursday, July 31, at Gerard Behar, 6 pm – 8 pm; Sunday, August 3, at Tahrir Bar in Mahane Yehuda and Tuesday, August 5, at Beit Avichai in the morning and at the First Station at the end of the Tisha B’Av fast; Wednesday is at the Mizkaka Bar.

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