While not much importance has been given to blues music in India, there are still a number of local bands who have continued to cater to the genre. And the latest initiative by music lovers aims to resurrect and bring to the forefront talented musical acts who specialise in the blues. This concert-series, the first of which took place in October, will this month showcase the band, Ministry of Blues from Bangalore along with Mumbai’s Blackstratblues.
Talking about the need for such an event, Luke Kenny, festival director says. “Most people don’t realise, that all pop music comes from the blues. While there have been concerts in the past focusing on International blues artistes, nothing has been done for Indian talent. Hence, we decided to highlight the good acts.” He feels that while most other musical genres have been represented, the blues haven’t got their due. But this doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of knowledge or appreciation for the music.
The show titled Simply The Blues, which will take place tomorrow, hopes to be a regular monthly feature, that will run for about eight months in a year. “There aren’t many live music venues or shows that happen in the suburbs. The blues are in fact popular with not just the older crowd, but also the younger lot and with a growing liking for this kind of music in the last five years, we thought there was no better time to organise this series,” says Joyce Arora, event conceptualiser, who was impressed by the feedback from the last show.
Commenting on the acts performing, Luke says both acts know how to take the blues and have fun with it. “While Warren Mendonza of BlackstratBlues is multifaceted, Ministry of Blues make their shows almost a comic act. Further, audiences will get to interact with the groups post the show, so it’s a complete blues experience,” he adds.
When & Where
November 21, 8pm, St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra