The Guitar Society 18th July 2011
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Daler Mehndi Launches Search for New Video Star
Bhangra singer Daler Mehndi has launched a search for the new face for his next music video. He announced a new contest titled “Wanna Be Daler’s Jugni” on his official Facebook fan page.
The winning female contestant will feature in his video, titled “O’ Nachdi Meri Jugni.” The song will blend Punjabi music along with instruments such as the been, tabla, alozhey, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums.
Contestants are supposed to send in their photos or upload videos, dressed in traditional Indian wear, to showcase their Indian ethnicity.
Shah Rukh Khan Approaches Black Eyed Peas for Ra. One
Also, Khan is currently in the news for his highly anticipated upcoming project, Don 2.
Live Spaces: Bangalore’s Top Music Venues
Bangalore, or Bengaluru as the city is now called, has always loved its live music. From its early days as the “Garden City of India”, to its later avatar as the “Pub City”, music and the good life have gone together in Bangalore like the ubiquitous dosas and sambar.
Last month, Live Spaces focused on Mumbai(http://www.gibsonguitar.in/News-Lifestyle/Features/hi-in/Live-Spaces–Mumbais-Top-Music-Venues.aspx/); and now we’re highlighting the best concert spots in Bangalore. With its multitude of lush green parks and open-air restaurants, Bangalore is a city designed for live music to thrive in. Bangalore, after all, is the city that gave rise to the Sunday Jams, a series of weekly concerts in the city’s public spaces where musicians performed for free and all were welcome.
Over the last few years, the city’s music fans have been treated to a slew of top-quality live music venues that have supported the city’s burgeoning musician community. In this feature, we run down five of Bangalore’s most exciting live music venues:
Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore
As with its other branches across the country, Bangalore’s Hard Rock Cafe has set high standards as a world-class live music venue. Situated in an old colonial building on St. Mark’s Road, the venue has become an essential stop-off for touring bands from around the country as well as a must-play venue for the city’s local acts. While bands love the venue for its top-notch sound and lights, fans are drawn there by the quality of music that Hard Rock is able to attract week after week. From local favourites like the Galeej Gurus and Thermal and a Quarter to acts from further afield, like Mumbai’s Pentagram, Delhi’s Indian Ocean and Chennai’s Junkyard Groove, everyone who’s anyone in Indian indie has played the Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore.
One of the biggest supporters of live music in Bangalore and a fierce promoter of indie talent, Opus is a Bangalore live music icon. Fuelled by a passion for music, Opus’ promoters have built the venue into a sort of meeting place for lovers of all types of art, be it music, visual art or theatre. In addition to providing bands a platform to perform, the promoters also run an online radio station that dedicates a channel to Indian indie artists from across the country. In the seven years that the venue’s been open, it’s played host to some of the country’s most exciting talent like Soulmate, Tough on Tobacco, Blackstrat blues, Them Clones, Zero, Lou Majaw, The Raghu Dixit Project and Slain.
Another great addition to Bangalore’s live music scene, Kyra Theatre is a venue that brings together live music, theatre and stand-up comedy in a setting that they like to call “urban sophistication”. With two floors and 9,000 square feet of space, the venue’s hallmark is its signature “diner theatre”, with a stage that has hosted an eclectic mix of artists spanning genres as diverse as jazz and metal to sufi and ghazals. The list of acts that have played at Kyra spans everyone from Indian indie bands like Indus Creed, Something Relevant and Motherjane to international acts like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and Etienne Mbapp (ex-Zawinul Syndicate) as well as Indian classical legends like Trilok Gurtu and Shubha Mudgal.
Bangalore’s newest live venue, Counter Culture, is situated in an old factory that’s now been converted into a restaurant and bar with a huge outdoor area. Other hallmarks include high ceilings, an industrial decor theme and some of the most exciting live music in the city. Even though Counter Culture has been open for about a year, the venue is quickly building a reputation as a venue that’s attracting the coolest, most progressive bands on the scene. In its short lifespan, Counter Culture has already seen performances by Gowri, Peter Cat Recording Company, Bicycle Days, Tempo Tantrick and Parachute XVI. Without such a promising start, will Counter Culture go on to become a Bangalore live music icon? They’re certainly working hard to get there.
The Palace Grounds
Not strictly a live venue in the technical sense, Bangalore’s Palace Grounds are more a massive open space in the city where all kinds of events take place. However, if you go by the names of rock ’n’ roll greats that have played here over the last decade, there’s no way the Palace Grounds could be ignored in this list of premier Bangalore live music venues. Industry conventions and trade fairs notwithstanding, these grounds have seen some of the biggest names in music from around the world strut their stuff for roaring audiences sometimes 30,000 strong. If you’re an international act touring India, chances are you’ve played at the Palace Grounds. In recent years, the Palace Grounds have reverberated to the sounds of legends such as Sting, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Roger Waters and Iron Maiden.
Naveen Joseph Thomas contributed to this story.
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