Armenian rock band Lav Eli announce East Coast concert tour
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—The popular Armenian rock band Lav Eli announced a concert tour of certain cities on the east coast of the United States this spring. The tour will begin in Richmond, VA on April 27. Performances will continue in Washington, DC on April 28, New York, NY on April 29, Boston, MA on April 30, and end in Portland, ME on May 1.
Lav Eli was formed in 1996 by Vanadzor, Armenian natives Mher Manukyan and Gor Mkhitarian. Previously from the group SNACK, they chose two members of the group ALQ in David Grigoryan and Vahe Terteryan and formed their classic line-up for a demo recording in 1997 titled “The First Lav Album”. This 200-unit limited edition cassette was printed in Armenia and contained 21 songs – 10 in English and 11 in Armenian. It became a local underground classic in the hands of children and adults who yearned for an original, local, Armenian western rock sound.
In 2020, Lav Eli updated his lineup, now consisting of Manukyan (guitar/vocals), Mkhitarian (guitar/vocals), Gor Tadevosyan (guitar/vocals), Tigran Voskanyan (bass), Shogher Manukyan (cello) and Vardan Paremuzyan (drums) from The Bambir. Lav Eli’s music is available on all major streaming services including Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify.
For this tour, Mkhitarian, who resides in North Carolina, will be joined by his bandmate Manukyan, who will be traveling from Armenia. Los Angeles-based accordionist Ara Dabandjian, who has performed with Mkhitarian on his solo projects as well as with Lav Eli, will appear on this tour as a special guest.
The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine (ACAME), presenting Lav Eli’s concert scheduled for Portland, ME, will be the host a virtual conversation with Mher Manukyan and Gor Mkhitarian on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ACAME Board Member, Portland-based musician and recording artist Raffi DerSimonian will moderate the conversation. This free program will offer music lovers of all backgrounds and cultures the opportunity to experience the music of Lav Eli and Manukyan and Mkhitarian as professional musicians, native Armenians, and an inspiration to thousands of music lovers around the world.
“Twenty-five years after their first appearance, Lav Eli continue to carry on a rich Armenian folk rock musical heritage to the delight of three generations of listeners,” noted Pomegranate Music founder Raffi Meneshian.