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Fortis-Sakharof and Mashina
October 14, 2006
When two of the country's biggest rock acts collaborate, it's no surprise that arenas fill to capacity. That's exactly what happened Saturday night when Fortis-Sakharof and Mashina joined forces at the Ra'anana Amphitheater, with hundreds of unlucky fans left waiting for tickets outside the sold-out performance.
Rami Fortis and Berry Sakharof took the stage first, launching into a 16-song rock set. Fortis demonstrated his charismatic, unconventional stage presence yet again, with the crowd cheering the rocker's onstage antics for much of his performance. Sakharof, for his part, showed off some characteristically skilled guitar work throughout an energetic set that included "Takhat Esh" (Under Fire), "At Lo" (You're Not) and "Red Me'al Masakh Hatelevizia Sheli" (Get Off My Television Screen).
Most of the 8,500-strong crowd fell between the ages of 25 and 40, with a handful of youngsters cheering on the musicians from a mosh pit near the stage. Regardless of whether fans were in seats or on the grass, everyone was on his or her feet for the bulk of the nearly three-hour show.
After completing their set, Fortis and Sakharof stepped down to let Mashina wow the crowd, with lead singer Yuval Banai and his crew playing favorites including "Hatshuva" (The Answer) and "Katan Ve'Tov" (Small and Good).
After five songs, Mashina invited Sakharof and Fortis back to the stage, and the two bands staged a joint performance of Fortis-Sakharof's "America" and "Ein Ketz Leyaldut" before moving to Mashina's "Berechovot Shelanu." Although older than his counterpart, Fortis proved significantly more energetic than Banai in belting out the lyrics.
Departing the stage a second time, Fortis and Sakharof said goodbye to the crowd before leaving the members of Mashina to wrap up the evening on their own. Coming at the end of a Succot filled with concerts and other arts events around the country, the show proved a fittingly upbeat way to close the holiday.