Despite the tension and political instability, we are being blessed lately with so many great music initiatives in this country. After Wickerpark and Beirut Open Stage, 4 a Cause is the next musical event that you should attend.
The idea is simple. You can still party and have fun while spending this money for good use. 4 a Cause organizes events to benefit small associations no one heard about. After their first event in August 2012, this organization (a team of 8 young awesome people are behind this) comes back with a bigger lineup and higher ambitions. This year, you would be helping Ibtisima whose mission is “to bring smiles, fun and laughter to hospitalized children, especially those with chronic illnesses, through visits held by specialized ‘Clown Doctors’.”
Here’s a little about the people that will rock your night for a cause:
Loopstache is a 2 piece indie band (Salim Naffah and Carl Ferneini; they play all the instruments themselves) that covers songs on YouTube. They simply love making music and videos. Since that went pretty well, things are getting serious and even more fun. They are now producing their first album and still looping covers on YouTube.
Postcards is an indie-folk band based in Beirut that has been thriving on the new wave of upcoming bands in the city. They’ve performed at numerous shows since their early beginnings less than a year ago and have been growing ever since. They’ve performed at various shows across the country including opening for The Royal Concept. Postcards’ first EP entitled “Lakehouse” was recently released and will be followed up with a schedule of gigs both locally and then internationally.
Postcards are: Julia Sabra (lead vocals, ukulele, guitar), Marwan Tohme (lead vocals, guitar, banjitar), Rany Bechara (back vocals, bass), Pascal Semerdjian (drums, back vocals, harmonica)
Chris & Abe
Chris & Abe is a band formed by Chris Thomas (vocalist, guitar, harmonica), and Abe Younan AKA ‘ Abe Metroman ‘ (vocalist, guitar, trompette master).
Joy Fayad is a lebanese singer best known for her moving performances at several restaurants and pubs all over Gemayzeh, Hamra, Monot, Broumana, Jbeil, Batroun, etc. From old blues to spoken jazz, acoustics to rock and roll, Fayad can not only make you want to sing along with her voice, but dance along with her rhythm and tunes.
She is also known as the lead vocalist of the former jazz/rock lebanese band “Green Pepper”, and for her performances with the people behind “Who Killed Bruce Lee”.
Slowtrain is a group of friends who have been jamming for more than 5 years but never went public. They will be performing at Music 4 a Cause for the first time.
DJ-ing since age 10 Ahmad Ajam (letter-chopped to Mad-Jam) has started from elementary-school house parties to the biggest clubs and events around the world. He’s currently active in promoting, audio imaging, radio & TV broadcasting, while maintaining a profile as one of the Middle East’s most popular DJs. Mad-Jam’s sound is best described as “party music” and varies from ambient, deep, vocal to progressive house with a touch of funk, electro, techno and just about everything in between.
Ronin & Nesta
The pair (Ronald Hajjar and Nabih Esta) originally met through a mutual friend in Paris, who hooked the then teenagers up online. They soon bonded over a shared love for electronic music, began playing at the same parties in Beirut and later merged their radio shows to create Beirut In the Mix – a pulsating, back-to-back mix of underground sounds ranging from deep house to big room twisted tech. The show quickly escalated into a fully fledged party brand, residency and artist collective, while the radio show was picked up by the region’s largest radio station Mix FM, for a prime-time slot, airing at 8pm every Saturday and featuring monthly guests such as Maceo Plex, Josh Wink, Adam Port, Deetron, Djebali, Philip Bader, Terry Francis among many others.
Phil spins at local pubs & clubs satisfying his thirst for music. He joined the leading radio station & promoter in the region MIX FM Lebanon and launched “Friday Night Mix” in 2010; his radio show airs every Friday night with a range of groovy house music selected from the finest nu school labels. Inspired by a mixture of music, vocals, sights, DJs, friends, sun, urban living & love, Phil’s raw & emotive sound is distinctively recognized by its deep funky instrumentation, old school taste, piano hooks, chopped vocals, all keeping it jackin’ & soulful!
He’s been pretty notorious on the streets of Beirut ever since he left his hometown Amsterdam. Romax aka Kid Bliss, has stenciled his name in bold letters in this city’s emerging underground scene. For the nine years past he has turned the tables at many infamous clubs in Beirut. And he’s held long-standing residencies at some of the city’s most socially unacceptable parties. And so, much has been said about the identity of one of Beirut finest dj’s: It is true, though he chooses to remain based in Beirut, Romax aka Kid Bliss is in fact Dutch. He hails from the Netherlands. To a lot of us the Netherlands represents a modern Eldorado of sorts; a haven for those of us part of the Green movement and no strangers to pursuing sex and/or justice.