Considering that north Mumbai doesn’t really have too many dedicated live music venues, this news should bring cheer to many. Starting this week, Kino 108, a club located in Andheri, will feature a band every fortnight as part of their ‘Bomb Thursdays’ music initiative.
The place, however, isn’t new to hosting live acts. "About two years ago, we started out hosting stand-up comedy nights, but at that time, the talent was limited and we had to discontinue them. But now, we figured that there aren’t enough places where upcoming bands can play. So we’re looking at filling that gap," says Gaurav Dabrai, director, Kino 108.
Besides featuring bands, the club is also keen to offer their stage to experimental collaborations. "We’re open to all kinds of performances — from a beatboxer jamming with a DJ to a fusion guitarist performing," adds Dabrai.
This Thursday, Chennai-based rock ’n’ roll outfit The Shakey Rays will perform here. “This is our second gig in Mumbai and we’re happy to be back,” says Vikram Kannan, band vocalist / guitarist. The club is also offering a happy hours discount to attendees during the gig.
Ask Kannan what the audience can expect at the show and he says, “People can look forward to a lot of energy as our music is very danceable. It is a mix of R&B, swing and lot of guitar pop, but I wouldn’t like to put it in a fixed category or genre.”
Besides Kannan, the band comprises Dhruva Gautham (guitars and vocals), Niranjan Swaminathan (drums) and Abhinav Krishnaswamy (bass). In 2010, The Shakey Rays released their debut album, Tunes From The Big Belly, and are currently working on their second. “We’re planning to put out a few singles too before the album is out,” informs Kannan.