Indie Folk Band Big Thief Coming to Tel Aviv This Fall

The group's bassist is the son of well-known Israeli musician Alon Oleartchik, a major figure in the Tel Aviv jazz scene

Itay Stern
Itay Stern
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Big Thief, the indie folk band from Brooklyn, will appear at the club Barbi in Tel Aviv on November 21. The group, which has released two albums, will perform in Israel as part of its European tour following a round of performances in the United States.

With Adrianne Lenker on the guitar and vocals, Buck Meek on the guitar, Israeli bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia, the group released their first album “Masterpiece” in 2016 to critical acclaim. Saddle Creek Records, one of the most prestigious folk labels, put out the album.

This year, the group released their new album, “Capacity,” also on the Saddle Creek label.

Oleartchik is the son of well-known Israeli musician Alon Oleartchik, who was major figure in the Israeli jazz scene in Tel Aviv for years. Max Oleartchik called coming to Israel with Big Thief a dream come true.

"Every day we are somewhere else around the world, on a different stage, and I am excited that the band will experience the warm and loving Israeli public and get to know a bit the place where I come from," said Oleartchik.

Lenker has her own unusual story. She grew up in an Indianapolis Christian cult, and later, spent five years living on the road in a van all over the Midwest. At 17 she received a full scholarship to study music at the Berklee School of Music, even though she had never studied music prior.     

Ticket prices for the show will start at 105 shekels ($30).