Three International Artists Withdraw From Eilat Jazz Fest in Wake of Terror Attacks

Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, and Tuba Skinny opt to cancel their performances.

Three overseas artists have canceled their appearances at Eilat's Red Sea Jazz Festival, which starts today at the Eilat Port, following the terror attacks on a road to the southern city on Thursday.

On Friday, senior officials unsuccessfully tried to persuade Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, and Tuba Skinny not to back out of their performances, Haaretz has learned.

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However, the festival's musical director, Avishai Cohen, said other artists not originally on the program had announced their participation. Among them is Havana-born and Miami-bred Roberto Rodriguez, who blends his Cuban-inspired music with Jewish themes, to which he was exposed growing up among Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe.

Also joining the list of performers is Jason Lindner and the British band The Cohen Brothers, as well as Israeli folk rocker Asaf Avidan, who will appear with Chilean vocalist Karni Postel.

Eilat mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi said Friday that in light of the bloody attacks on Road 12 the previous day, cancellations by artists from abroad gave rise to concerns over whether the festival would take place. But after very senior government officials encouraged the performers, most decided not to cancel.

"As a special gesture, I decided that Eilat residents will be charged only NIS 30 a ticket, to help improve people's mood after the attacks," Halevi said.