If Dick Dale, Reel Big Fish, and a klezmer band had a jam session in Tel Aviv, it would produce a similar sound and energy to Boom Pam, the group that rocked the Cedar on Saturday. Bom Pam from Tel Aviv gets its rocking sound from two guitars, a tuba, and drums.
The group blends rock with other international influences, including Balkan, Greek, Kleizmer, Arab, Mediterranean and others. They formed in 2003 as a trio of 2 electric guitars and a tuba by Uzi Feinerman, Uri Brauner Kinrot and Yuval “Tuby” Zolotov. Shortly afterwards, the band started playing massively throughout Israel. Along the way, a drum set was added to the band, played by Dudu Kochav.
At the Cedar, they kept the crowd moving through several more traditional klezmer songs (on steroids) as well as a revamped version of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. YouTube has several clips from the band ranging from very energetic pieces to quieter clips. Here are two:
Live Performance at Barbi in Tel-Aviv. The song starts 20 seconds into the clip.
Video of Boom Pam playing Hatul VeHatula. Nice song with a subtle disco beat.