Move over children, the real music is coming to town.
January and February are perfect Mumbai months and the Mahindra Blues Festival (11th -12th February 2017) is, hands down, my favorite part about it. Well-organized with excellent line ups year after year, it’s not just the Blues and Jazz fan that waits for it but anyone in Mumbai who wants to shake a leg and watch globally renowned acts live that can, ahem, actually sing and not, as my father says, turn knobs. And if you, like me, are quite tired of the same ole EDM invasion, this year’s Mahindra Blues Festival 2017 lineup will have you buying tickets today.
We begin Quinn Sullivan who looks like Justin Bieber, but all that changes when he picks up that guitar and begins to sing. He’s appeared everywhere, Hollywood Bowl, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS News. And oh, he’s 17 years old.
Then we have Janiva Magness, winner of the BB King Entertainer of the year and seven times, seven, Blues Music Award winner, who will have you clutching that beer like a long lost love and dancing in your spot. This soulful, singer songwriter’s songs make routine appearances in the Billboard Blues Charts and we hope she sings her Grammy Award Nomination winning song, Let Me Breathe.
You can always depend on Mahindra to bring us the best female blues singers in the world. Last year they brought us Joss Stone, this year we have Shemekia Copeland and the Graine Duffy Band, both of whom, while being completely unique in their musical tradition seem to have a raw musical power that transcends genre. Chicago Tribune says Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.” Graine Duffy is from Ireland and has a Celtic voice of such purity, which she then layers with her guitar.
If you’re worried all of this sounds a little too soft and you prefer a little metal with your blues, then we have Supersonic Blues Machine featuring Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Eric Gales, a project by the renowned producer, mixer and bass player Fabrizio.
It’s too early to buy tickets just yet but we’ll let you know when the early bird passes are out. Until then Eventraveler wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic New Year. See you in 2017, which we hope will be the best year yet in live music in India.