Armenian rock band Lav Eli launches east coast tour
CHARLOTTE, NC — Popular Armenian rock band Lav Eli this week announced a concert tour of select cities on the U.S. East Coast this spring. The tour will begin in Richmond, VA on April 27, followed by performances in Washington, DC on April 28, New York, NY on April 29, Boston, MA on April 30, and ending 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 limited edition cassette of two hundred copies was printed in Armenia and featured 21 songs – ten in English and eleven 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 Mher Manukyan (guitar/vocals), Gor Mkhitarian (guitar/vocals), Gor Tadevosyan (guitar/vocals), Tigran Voskanyan (bass), Shogher Manukyan (cello) and Vardan Paremuzyan (drums) of The Bambir. Lav Eli’s website – https://lavelimusic.com/ – features videos, photos and more from the band, and their music is available on all major streaming services, including Amazon Music, Apple Musicand Spotify.
For this tour, Mkhitarian, who resides in North Carolina, will be joined by teammate Mher Manukyan, who will travel 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. More details and tickets for upcoming shows can be found at https://lavelimusic.com/shows.
The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine (ACAME), which presents the planned Lav Eli concert in Portland, will host a virtual conversation with Mher Manukyan and Gor Mkhitarian on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m. ACAME Board Member Raffi DerSimonian, also a Portland-based musician and artist, 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. Those interested in attending the virtual conversation on April 16 are invited to register on the ACAME website.