We may not exactly be the hub of the Blues, but Bangalore city is all ready to soak in some blues- rock and jazz with the upcoming Indigo & Blues music festival on May 18 and 19.
“We have rock concerts here all the time... it’s time that Bangalore experienced this kind of music,” says Trigam Mukherjee, A&R Associate of Indigo Live, “Jazz is an expression of freedom, and everyone should be a part of it.”
This is the third edition of the fest, and it promises to be everything and more than the previous two editions. It is a two day celebration, in May, of the best music in this genre, and to prove this, Indigo & Blues has an amazing line up of artists. Headed by musical legend Bobby Whitlock, famous for co-producing and recording Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, the fest will also have CoCo Carmel, Van Wilks Band, Overdrive Trio, Chronic Blues Circus, Blackstratblues, The Saturday Night Blues Band, Adil and Vasundhara, and Groove #3 Featuring Benny Dayal, performing.
Bangalore has recently opened up to this genre and Trigam says, “There’s a lot of scope for Blues here in Bangalore. Places like bFlat and Kyra run live shows with a full house!”
Jayanta Dasgupta of The Saturday Night Blues Band agrees, “The music scene in Bangalore is rocking! There are tons of musicians who come together. The crowd just comes alive.”
Warren Mendonca, of Blackstratblues, whose first gig was many years ago at the NLS festival, feels that the audience in Bangalore is well informed “They’re a good audience. They know their music well.”
The artistes from India are humbled to be playing on the same platform as these top musicians. Sunny D’Souza of Overdrive Trio, playing for the first time in the city, is excited to be a part of this big event. However, he feels that such platforms should be open for all “Every musician should be allowed to play their music at festivals. Senior musicians unfortunately didn’t receive the kind of platform and credit that they deserve. Festivals should bring back these musicians,” he says.
Talking about the dearth of festivals in India, Sunny says, “We’re hungry for music. We don’t have enough festivals.”
A blues fan, or not, this festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all as long as music is served unadulterated.
Gearing up for the big weekend, all the bands are lining up their sets. Ask Warren Mendonca about what they’re planning to play and he says, “Long ones!” While Jayanta is torn between which songs to play, Sunny hopes this festival is loud! “I hope people like what we play and it’s loud. I hope we’re surrounded by all our friends and musicians... It’ll be fantastic!”
This Texas-themed festival will be held at the lush green Eden Gardens, Palace grounds. It’s going to be a completely sit down classy concert, with screens projecting the show at different parts of the venue. Indigo live is also setting up a food court with delicacies that will match the theme of the concert.
“This will be an un-hurried, queue-free, relaxed concert, where the only adrenaline rush will be the sheer class and quality of the performers.” Trigam adds, on an ending note.