On a warm but pleasant July night,
Ziggy Marley, son of the late Reggae singer Bob Marley,
defied those who called for him to boycott Israel
and performed with other musicians in Jerusalem’s Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.
The huge stage took days to build
and by concert time much of the park and its paths were closed to the public.
Security was tighter than usual at this event,
which made jumping the fence to crash the concert a bad idea for these two fellows.
Inside were hundreds of mostly young music fans,
but the music could be heard outside the entrance, located on top of the hill,
at the other end of the park,
and by people all around the neighborhood until late that night.
There was plenty to drink,
while large screens projected
the performances to the crowd.
No chairs were in sight… but plenty of hair was.
Instead of the usual meal of a sandwich wrapped in plastic,
a grill was set up to feed the police on duty.
Paul Simon was performing in Ramat Gan and got all the media attention.
On the way home I passed a really big crab making its way to the concert.
He or she must be a loyal Reggae fan, maybe a Rastafarian?
With so many Jerusalem cultural events how can you be crabby…
maybe if you live in the neighborhood and do not appreciate the music?