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A mouthful of live music

A look at restaurants where you can enjoy live music with your food.

music Updated: Apr 29, 2011 01:54 IST
Namya Sinha

From rock n’ roll bands performing throughout the week to ghazal performances, jazz and instrumental music performances that keep getting you back, restaurants and pubs in the city have a lot to offer when it comes to live performances by musicians. Here’s a look at some live music venues in the city, where you will find the same musicians everyday at a particular time.

New Town Lounge & Bar
Tatiana, a crooner from Russia, performs every evening at the restaurant here. She sings ballads, classics, pop and dance tracks. “My favourite forms of music are punk flamenco, soul and jazz. I love to sing songs sung by Norah Jones, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and it is so much better in a restaurant as people allow you to sing whatever you want. They are very open to global music,” says Tatiana.
Timing: 7.30pm onwards
Where: Park Plaza Gurgaon,
B Block, Sushant Lok, Phase-1, Gurgaon
Tel: 0124- 4150000

Orient Express
Michelle Kay, a jazz vocalist, sings every evening at this restaurant, except on Mondays. Her repertoire includes most popular jazz tandards, pop tunes, bossa nova, swing and interpretations of modern songs. She has a lot of international experience in music and is also a part of well-known Jazz Trio in Toronto (Canada) called The Maisies.
Timing: 8pm-11 pm
Where: Taj Palace Hotel,
2 Sardar Patel Marg,
Diplomatic Enclave,
Chanakyapuri
Tel: 011- 2611 0202

nU. Delhi Grill and Bar
This elegant lounge and bar has an in-house band from Thailand. The band performs every evening. They have a huge following; patrons are very regular here. Called nU, the band has six members and they play all genres of music, ranging from jazz, blues, rock, standards and evergreens. They play on all the days of the week, except on Tuesdays.
Timing: 9 pm onwards
Where: 14/48, Shopping Centre, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri
Tel: 011 47378800

The Oudh
Live Ghazal performance is the major attraction here that takes place everyday, except Tuesdays. Bhupinder Singh Parmar, the singer, says, “I sing all kinds of song — ghazal and even filmy songs. We don’t think of a playlist beforehand and just sing whatever the guests request for. Mostly, guests prefer to listen to the old songs of Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi,”
says Parmar.
Timing: 8.30-11.30pm
Where: The Ashok Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave,
50-B, Chanakyapuri
Tel: 011-26110101

@LIVE
This chic pub in the city is popular for its live music played by the in-house band called Band @ LIVE. Along with the food menu, a song menu is also presented to the guests, from which they can chose and request for a song of their choice. “We play a wide variety of songs, right from the 60s to current chartbusters. We play rock, jazz, pop, blue, fold country and many more genres. There are five members in the band and all the three guitarists play and sing as well,” says Francis Anthony Rozellis, the lead vocalist of the band. They perform on all days of the week, except Monday. Timing: 8.30 pm onwards
Where: K-12, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi
Tel: 011- 43560008

Atrium Lounge
Every week, from Wednesday till Saturday, Ondina Linda Thompson, mostly sings pop, reggae and jazz in this lounge. “The songs mostly depends on the requests made by the crowd. I love singing live, because the guests one gets in a big hotel are much better and they make one feel comfortable,” says Thompson. Timing: 6pm to 10pm
Where: The Suryaa, New Delhi, New Friends Colony
Tel: 011- 26835070

Tryst Musicafe
A four-member band — Illusion — performs at this restaurant everyday, except Mondays. “We play retro stuff. It is a wide genre of music that we play. Some of the songs we play are by singers Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Shaggy, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and the list goes on,” says Adrian Carr, the drummer and singer of the band. Timing: 8pm to midnight
Where: Salcon Ras Villas Mall, District Centre, Behind Select City Walk, Saket
Tel: 011-46291139

Aangan
The mantra of the group that performs live at this eatery everyday is to play whatever the guests demand. “We don’t believe in just playing classical or semi-classical music. If a guest asks for a Punjabi popular song, we play that as well. We play all kinds of music, such as Indian, light Bollywood, old melodies and classical,” says Divyajyoti Ahuja, the lead vocalist of the band. There are five members in the group; apart from the vocalist, there is also a tabla player, a guitarist and a keyboard player. Timing: 8pm onwards
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Ring Road, Bhikaji Kama Place,
New Delhi
Tel: 011-11 6677 1308

Sartoria
To match with the ambience of an Italian restaurant, musician Keith Dickson mostly sings retro and Italian songs. “I sing and play the keyboard. Apart from Italian and English songs, I play songs in Spanish as well,” says Dickson. “Many a time, people applaud and appreciate; but quite often, they don’t, because people come to eat in a restaurant and not listen to music. But it is great," Dickson says.
Timing: 8pm onwards
Where: 18 A/C, Basant Lok Market
Tel: 9871154499

West View - The Grill
Musician Peter Mehta has been performing at the hotel for the past 15 years. “People come to a restaurant to eat and enjoy the ambience. Whereas in a concert, guests come to enjoy the music. It is all together different, but I love it. I play all genres of music — pop, country, classics. I play songs from the 1950s to the early 1980s, as people relate with classics. I strum the guitar and I have a synthesiser that makes it a one-man band. Live music is any day better than recorded music," Mehta says.
Timing: 9pm onwards
Where: ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Tel: 011-26112233

Eggspectation
Mario Sequeira, a musician from Goa, has been performing here for the past six years. “I sing and also play the guitar, flute and keyboard. I generally sing English songs from the 1950s to the 1980s era,” says Sequeira. He also sings in other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
Timing: 8-11pm
Where: Jaypee Vasant Continental Hotel, 44, Community Centre,
Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
Tel: 011-26148800

The Westin, Gurgaon
Cary D’ Mello, a pianist, has been playing in the lobby area for a few months now. “In a hotel, you get to meet many kinds of people that makes the work exciting. You get to play your own compositions, besides playing the request of the guests. I play all genres,”
Mello says.
Timing: 6pm-10 pm
Where: Mehrauli Gurgaon Marg, Heritage Colony,
DLF City Phase II
Tel: 0124-4977777