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Eli the Hawk offers a unique blend of traditional and original foot-tappin' Americana rhythms. His music includes 12 and 6-string guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, tin-whistle, vocals, and percussion. Eli’s extensive collection of work ranges from melodic tributes to the homeless and the Native American Indian, whimsical tales of legendary heroines such as Belle Starr, (a femme fatale in the age of Jessie James), as well as witness to growing up impoverished, yet resolute in urban streets.
The name, Eli the Hawk, is a tribute to his late Uncle Eli, a skilled
horn player and Trenton Cop who walked the beat in the late 1960’s. Uncle E introduced the young Eli to music with his first instrument - a trumpet. Eli is a self-taught musician and received his first guitar at the age of ten. Disappointed that a train-set he hoped for was instead a guitar, he carried the instrument around for a year before realizing it opened creative doors.
Folk festivals from Tucson, to Milwaukee, to the Jersey shore
are included in a long list of past performance venues, performing both solo and with an accompanying band.
Recent performances include the 16th Annual Millenium Music Festival in Harrisburg, PA; Milkboy Acoustic in Ardmore; and the Sacred Paths Peace Fair.
Recent projects have included a benefit CD undertaken with the Rondstadt Family to aid a woman’s (strawbale) housing project in Obregon, Mexico, a musical score for an independent film-maker in Michigan, as well as playing with two progressive jazz/rock trios and performing for improvisational puppetry and theatre dance groups.
New Jersey’s ‘On the Scene’ magazine claims “Eli is
well versed; diverse enough to be an evening of entertainment –
even when playing solo.”
Philadelphia’s Indie’ Forum calls Eli, “Filled with emotion
and personality; a guitar style touched with Blind Lemon Jefferson ”
The Milwaukee Sentinel states “Eli is an upbeat, energetic, good time...”
Eli has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival, as well as the Firehouse;
‘Quarters’ in Milwaukee, WI; the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, The Ark
in Ann Arbor, and local venues such as New Hope’s Fourth of July Festival,
The Inn of the Hawke in Lambertville, Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ,
Trenton’s former Urban Word and current ‘Side Stage’, The Saint in Asbury Park,
Triumph Brewery and Small World Coffee in Princeton, NJ; Da Bar, AJ’s, &
Josephs in Langhorne, PA with benefit concerts too numerous to name.
Eli the Hawk –* ‘music to replenish your senses!’