Born in Washington, D.C. and raised by the world, Eli Lev is a traveler, self-proclaimed folk hero, and a passionate musician. He translates his experiences from the road directly to the audience in his live performances, which feature a strong, soulful voice supported by beatboxing, harmonica, flute, and acoustic guitar loops.
As an audience member you can't help but want to travel with this guy and hear him sing through his next adventure. Whether you're looking for meaningful lyrics or hypnotizing chord progressions, you'll find it all in Eli Lev's unique blend of Americana music.
[Review from "Music on the Mall Series”] in D.C. - June 2016
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What to Expect
As a solo performer, Eli uses a loop pedal to bring a fuller sound to the show and plays a variety of covers and originals from all types of musical genres. Any genre suggestions or song requests are welcome and encouraged.
As a duo, Eli performs with an acoustic drummer to keep the rhythm going and can really provide that extra spark to make your event fun and memorable.
As a trio and full band, Eli is able to provide the full American roots experience with classic and modern covers with a family band feel. Disclaimer, dancing, smiling, hand clapping, and yee-hawing might occur.
Now based in Washington DC, Eli Lev has been traveling the globe for two decades and weaving his experiences into fresh folk anthems of personal empowerment, natural awareness, and finding one's place in the world.
Rooted in the Americana tradition, Eli's influences range from the flamenco progressions of Andalusia, Spain, enchanting minor chords from Israel and the Middle East, and powerful melodies from the southwestern United States. His songwriting showcases authentic lyrics and an honest style that comes straight from the heart and welcomes the listener to participate in the music.
Eli has performed all over the United States from Bloomington, Indiana to the deserts of Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; from the artistic enclaves of Portland, Oregon to the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and most recently the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC.
As a solo singer-songwriter, the instruments Eli integrates into his performances are wide ranging and eclectic – acoustic guitar, mandolin, native flute, harmonica, keyboard, melodica, and a host of beat boxing and other percussive styles; and once he’s got his loop pedal locked in, it’s like listening to the sound of a full band.
In Washington DC, he's been the kickoff performer at the Music on the Mall Festival, was featured at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with the METRO Performs series, and played at the US Capitol building supporting DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Eli has also been hard at work performing at hundreds of venues throughout the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia area in taverns, restaurants, wineries, community events, art exhibits, and house shows.
With a style that fits and adapts to every type of occasion, he is one of the premier performers in the DMV area and is an exceptional choice for your next live music event.
Additional Booking Notes
PA and all equipment is included in the show. As long as you've got an electrical outlet we'll be just fine.
1950s and 1960s
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix Big Rock Candy Mountains Blowin in the Wind – Bob Dylan Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley Girl From the North Country – Bob Dylan Hey Jude – The Beatles Hound Dog – Elvis Presley House of the Rising Sun I Feel Good – James Brown I Got a Woman – Ray Charles I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash I‘ve Just Seen a Face – The Beatles *I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James Jackson – June and Johnny Cash Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry La Bamba – Ritchie Valens Little Help from My Friends - Beatles Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash Run Around Sue – Dion Shalom Aleichem Sitting of the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding Stand by Me – Ben E. King Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel Suzanne – Leonard Cohen The Weight – The Band This Little Light of Mine Wake up Little Suzie – The Everly Brothers Whole Lotta Shakin – Jerry Lee Lewis You are my Sunshine You Can’t Always Get What You Want – R.S.
54-46 – Toots and the Maytals Ain’t no Sunshine – Bill Withers All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks American Pie – Don McLean Across the Universe – The Beatles Country Roads – John Denver Cecelia – Simon and Garfunkel Dead Flowers – Rolling Stones Dreadlock Holiday – 10CC Dreams – Fleetwood Mac Easy – Lionel Ritchie Fire and Rain – James Taylor/Carol King Friend of the Devil – Grateful Dead Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley Heart of Gold – Neil Young Helpless – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young Hey Hey, My My – Neil Young Hotel California – The Eagles I Wanna be Sedated – Ramones Layla – Eric Clapton The Man Who Sold the World – Bowie Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin Moondance – Van Morrison No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley Roadhouse Blues – The Doors Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin Stuck in the Middle with you – Steelers Wh Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley Take it Easy – The Eagles Three Little Birds – Bob Marley Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed Wild Horses – Rolling Stones What’s Goin On – Marvin Gaye Wish you were here – Pink Floyd Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure Call Me – Blondie Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners Fast Car – Tracy Chapman Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen Love Will Tear us Apart – Joy Division The Rainbow Connection – Jim Henson Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne Sweet Child of Mine – Guns & Roses Sweet Dreams – The Eurythmics Tainted Love – Soft Cell Where is My Mind – The Pixies
Basket Case – Green Day Cold Water – Tom Waits # Dammit – Blink 182 # Desaparecido – Manu Chao The Distance – Cake Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks In Bloom - Nirvana Loser – Beck Mr. Jones – Counting Crows # No Diggity No Doubt- Blackstreet # No Rain – Blind Melon # Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead Fire Water Burn – Bloodhound Gang Flake – Jack Johnson I Want to Conquer the World – Bad Religion Late at Night – Buffalo Tom No Scrubs – TLC Runaway Train Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers # Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root Stay – Lisa Loeb Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow # Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers # What I Got – Sublime # What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes # You Don’t Know How it Feels – Tom Petty #
Carried Away – George Strait East Harlem – Beirut First Day of My life – Bright Eyes Gentle Moon – Sun Kil Moon Ghosts – Laura Marling Hang me out to Dry – Cold War Kids Heartbeats – The Knife/Jose Gonzales Hey Ya – Outkast If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys Jesus Etc. - Wilco Just a Boy – Angus and Julia Stone Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao Maps – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – The Killers - Ed Sheeran - Adele - Jack Johnson - Bruno Mars - Vance Joy - Ben Harper
Influences & Inspiration
Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Tracy Chapman, Ed Sheeran, Blackstreet, Vance Joy, The Beatles, Adele, Chuck Berry, Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Jack Johnson
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