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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A millennial on Millennium Stage


Erez at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie

One of the performers last week at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage was female guitarist and vocalist, Erez, who sounds a lot like Adele and whose homespun songs come from heartache, too.
Erez at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie

Erez, a Hebrew name for boys which her family discovered after they named her, is from New York and a product of Israel where she grew up and lives. 

She charmed the SRO audience with her own brand of slow jazz, soft rock, and rhythm and blues. It's easy to see why she's a top Israeli vocalist, backed by a band of four on the organ, guitar, acoustics, and percussion.
Erez at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie

Erez, 23, said she was just coming off tour from New York, and Washington was her last stop in the U.S. before leaving the next day for Tel Aviv. 

She seemed genuinely delighted by the crowd and took several selfies, including one with her back to the audience which, upon request, raised hands.  Her stage presence was easy and comfortable and her maturity, far beyond her years.  No doubt we'll be hearing her name and music a lot more in the future.
Erez at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie
Erez at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie
Erez's band at Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2016/photo by Patricia Leslie


Words from "Out of Here," however, seemed out of balance with today's current young female population, strong and undeterred by opposites: 

You're right 
I'm wrong

I'm weak
      You're strong



It's not for me to say.

What:  Free performances

When: 6 p.m., seven days a week 365 days a year 


Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20566

How much: Admission is always free at Millennium Stage.

Duration:  Usually less than an hour


Metro station:
Foggy Bottom. Ride a free red shuttle bus (every 10 minutes) at the top of the escalators at Foggy Bottom to KenCen or walk it (10 minutes).



Happy Hour: Before 6 p.m. some beer, wine, and treats are half price at the hall's refreshment stands where servers could use a dose of customer service training at the School for Service Elites, Trader Joe's.

For more information: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600


patricialesli@gmail.com

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