Rocking the buses
The indie music scene in south Tel Aviv is set to get a boost on September 17, the first day of Rosh Hashana, when the first Bus Station Festival takes place.

A bunch of young local musicians have joined forces to put together an impressive lineup of musicians from all sorts of genres, encompassing established members of the circuit along with lesser-known acts. Thus far, the artist roster includes blues rocker Uzi Ramirez, the Acollective troupe, high-energy funk band Funk’n’Stein pop singer Yehu Yaron and DJ-singer Ryskinder, while up-and-coming acts such as rock-and-roll outfit Sandhaus, indie folk-based band The Raw Men Empire and softrock artist Aviv Ben Ezra also get a chance to shine at the bus station.

In addition to the music, the festival will feature an arts and crafts fair, stalls and information about cultural activities in the area. The festival is supported by the Third Ear music store in Tel Aviv and will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The organizers are asking for contributions from the public.

For more information: www.festivaltcmtlv.com

Framing Hadera history
An exhibition of rare historic photographs is currently on show at the Lev Hadera shopping mall. The “Hatzalmania” show is based on a collection from the Khan Museum in Hadera and features images of people and landscapes from the locality, which were captured between 1922 and 1948.

The photographs were taken by Sonia Kolodni, one of the first Jewish photographers to work in prestate Palestine.

Kolodni was one of the few women in the predominantly male Russian-born wave of photographers who made aliya in the early 20th century. She focused on a wide range of subjects in day-to-day local life, including kindergartens and schools, agriculture and industry, landscapes, studio work and families, as well as the more public aspects of life here, such as sporting events, British soldiers and visiting dignitaries.

For more information: (04) 632-2570 or www.levhadera.co.il

Litani’s Dead Sea blues
Veteran crooner Danny Litani will appear at Kibbutz Almog near the Dead Sea on Thursday (9 p.m.) to mark the start of Rosh Hashana events on the kibbutz.

Litani made his name as a blues-oriented pop musician in the early ’70s, producing a string of hits at the time, such as “Mashber Emun” (Crisis of Confidence) and “Yemot Hamashiah” (The Days of the Messiah).

For tickets and more information: (02) 994-5000 or www.dead-sea.org.il

Piazzolla plays
Piazzolla Fans of tango music are in for a rare treat when Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla appears at the Shablul Club in Tel Aviv with his Escalandrum ensemble for four concerts (Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 and 10:30 p.m.).

The name of Piazzolla is synonymous with the Nuevo tango style, which incorporates elements of jazz and Western classical music and which was created by Argentinean composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. The bandleader at next week’s shows is the composer’s grandson, who now fronts a six-piece band that is considered one of the foremost purveyors of tango music in South America today.

For tickets and more information: (03) 695-3819, (03) 546- 1891 or www.shabluljazz.com

Ra’anana Symphonette opens new season
The Ra’anana Symphonette will kick off the 2012-13 season with a series of concerts at the Ra’anana Municipal Center for Music and Arts from Tuesday to Thursday. The program includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, better known as “From the New World,” and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with soloist Boris Giltburg.

There will also be an intriguing more contemporary slot, with a performance of 34-year-old composer Zohar Sharon’s “Four Minutes in Jerusalem” accompanied by animation created by Tal Anmut.

The Symphonette will be conducted by Omer Welber.

For tickets and more information: (09) 745-7773 or www.symphonette.co.il

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