I have to say that Hungary is doing a great job to prep me for my return to home. After returning from Poland, this is the view that welcomed me at the Grand Market Hall:
Yesterday evening Israeli pop star Ivri Lider had a concert in Budapest as part of the Jewish Summer Festival. I have been to a few of his concerts back home, and can’t wait to watch all the X Factor episodes I missed, plainly because he is a mentor! Ivri Lider is generally awesome, and he can sing, too.
The show was held at the Budapest Music Center, a nice, newish place in Ferencváros (9th district). Having seen photos of the concert hall, I bought three very good seats in row two. Then… something happened.
The third person besides Yonah and I coming was my PT. And he decided it was just too crowded for a wheelchair in there. So we folded up the wheelchair, left it with security, and with the aid of two crutches and my PT I walked to my seat. Which wasn’t second row, because heck, second row was just too far away. I think I caught site of my friends who also came, but by the time I got there there were many people, and we never got to meet up. Yonah traded our tickets with some nice guys, and I plopped down on my seat with two minutes to spare till Ivri Lider took the stage. As I said I sat further in the back than I origionally planned, but it was still close enough that I can confirm that Mr. Lider does not shave his armpits.
He opened with this song, starting to sing acapella, then joined by his awesome band:
It’s one of my favourite songs by him. It was followed by a couple of songs from his most recent album, then he surveyed the audience: How many people speak Hebrew. After realizing that not too many, he told the rest, in English, to learn Hebrew. . He also promised to keep the non-Hebrew speakers in the loop, and then he didn’t utter another word in English for the rest of the night.
One of the highlights was Mazel Tov Israel.
During two of the songs (Misheu Pa’am and Bo) he came down to the crowd, and sang to the girls. Yes. The girls. Come on Ivri, a perfwectly fine gay man was present! Anyway, it was very sweet of him. He wrapped up the show with an energetic, powerful rendition of Bo. Gosh, my heart still beats in rhythm with that song.
Ivri kept the audience engaged, even though many/most people had not known his songs, and didn’t understand this lyrics. I actually forgot to take my camera out of my bag till the very last song, where the lighting was awful. But you know what, this is part of enjoying a show: you don’t worry about electronics being used! And a great show it was!
Thank you, Mr. Lider! What a night!