Asaf Avidan 370.
(photo credit: Hadas Parush)
A star lineup of local and international Israeli musicians – including
globally-beloved singer Asaf Avidan, local favorites I Got The Hotties and
Izabo, as well as Shai Dibo and Marina Maximillion – performed at The Dolev
Foundation for Medical Justice’s fifth annual “Take Me to the Riots” benefit
concert on Sunday, at the Barbie Club in Tel Aviv. All the musicians
participating in the concert volunteered their performances, and all proceeds
went to Dolev.
The Dolev Foundation is an Israeli organization that promotes the medical rights of the general public. The founders of the
organization – Ricki and Yoav Dolev – lost their daughter Karen in 2007 as much
to a battle with cancer as a battle with the health insurance companies, which
refused to approve the new treatments that three different doctors recommended
for her. Distraught by the politics that saw Karen denied the treatment she
badly needed, the Dolevs founded an organization to ensure others would not
suffer the same fate. Visibly moved by the turnout and the star line up, Yoav
paused briefly to reflect, “Karen would be proud of us.”
attraction was undoubtedly Asaf Avidan, who, though battling the flu, took the
stage nonetheless. The performance marked the singer’s fifth year participating
in the concert. When asked about his personal connection to the project, Avidan
cited his own battle with cancer at 21, but prefaced his statement with the fact
that “you don't need to have had cancer to know it's a worthy cause.”
only did Avidan amaze and thrill the audience as he belted out tune after tune,
the singer agreed to an encore performance – provided he was indulged with a
modest bottle of water – and performed his most famous “Reckoning Song.” As a
gesture to his fans, he even tilted the microphone to the crowd and invited
concert-goers to sing-along with him.
In addition to Avidan, the audience
rocked out to the lively performances from I Got The Hotties and Izabo, bopped
along to English and Hebrew tunes from Shai Dibo, and swayed entranced by Marina
Maximillion’s cover of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. Despite the sad story that
inspired the organization and the concert, the show itself was a lively affair.
Speaking briefly about the larger significance of the show, MC Liron Weizman
said that despite the tragedy that had brought stars and fans together this
evening, “we’re celebrating and flying,” living fully in the face of death .