Eli Teplin at Q's Bar & Lounge by Quincy Jones - Palazzo Versace, Dubai
The final set shows Eli and the band really super relaxed. It is not a busy night and there are moments at the end that I feel I am on a movie set, in the wee hours of the morning, along with my guest the only people in the bar, chatting with the performers between songs; pretty cool and memorable stuff. While Eli counts his major influences to be John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby and Billy Joel, I find it fitting that he does include two Coldplay songs in the final set because I see alot of influence by Chris Martin. The Scientist, performed in the third set, has a line that in many ways, captures Eli, " Questions of science, science and progress, Do not speak as loud as my heart." He is all heart and it is indeed a privilege to sit there while he opens up.
If I felt exhausted at various stages throughout the show, I am drained at the end. intense. The question that guests who have experienced the previous jazz-heavy performers will ask, like me, is whether or not Q's Bar & Lounge has already cast itself as a jazz bar or if it is still seen as a bar that is a great music venue - the best in Dubai actually. If it is the latter, then Eli fits in effortlessly. But I suspect people, like me, have started to see this as a jazz venue. Thanks to his strong performance and genuine song writing gift, I think Eli has helped to remind guests that Q's is a music venue, and jazz is one of the genres to be enjoyed. Perfectly executed pop music can find a home here, but then again, it is because of Eli Teplin's story telling that it is likely to set his brand of pop apart from other popular music artists who may perform here. His lyrics have a simple quality, as mentioned earlier, that like Emily Dickinson writing, avoids muscle and cartilage and go straight to the heart. Overall, an evening to be experienced if you want to connect with emotions once more, to smile, frown, laugh and even cry!
Qs Bar & Lounge
Palazzo Versace Hotel
+971 4 556 8888
Note: There is a minimum spend of AED250 on weekdays, 350AED Thursday and Friday