It is a treat for the music aficionados across the country this New Year. While Roger Waters second coming has lifted the spirits, Delhi is set to break the jinx with Blues/Rock legend Buddy Guy, who is slated to perform in the Capital on February 2, as part of the the rarified Johnnie Walker One Tree music festival.
It is the first time that the festival has branched out of Mumbai to other cities including Delhi, Bangalore and Goa. Five times Grammy winner, Guy will perform at the three-day fest on February 4 in Mumbai.
The highly regarded Alan Parsons Live Project will open the festival this year while last year’s performers Walter Trout and The Radicals take charge on Day Two, with special guests Guitar Shorty and Bernard Allison. Last year the festival boasted the likes of Uriah Heep, Indus Creed, Kool and The Gang, The Original Blues Brothers Band among others.
Bangalore and Goa will see master Jazz and Rock Violinist Jean Luc Ponty on February 10 and 11, respectively. VG Jairam, partner Oran Juice entertainment, the event management company hosting the music fest says, “This time we’ll be taking the festival to greater heights as we are taking it to other cities as well.”
One of the reasons why the festival is branching out is because of the cut in the entertainment tax. “Of course the taxes coming down is good news. Buddy Guy will attract just the right kind of audience because Delhi has a dedicated Blues fan following,” says Jairam.
Meanwhile, Parsons, a renowned musician, audio-engineer and records producer will visit India in the last week of January as he plans to write his next album in India.