There is yet another festival for original music in town. It’s called the Big Horn fest and is organised by the Performer’s Collective guys in association with Parikrama Inc. The poor guys know either music or education, so it was quite a task for them to pull off what they call “a movement and not just a festival or an event”, but they seem to have managed alright.
They kickstarted the festival on Tuesday at Q’BA with a fusion-heavy line-up that included Advaita, Indic Mist and Mrigya. I missed it due to work logistics, but must say there was a decent feedback. Mrigya totally stole the show and some voices said, “Man they’ve been around for quite a while but are still very solid with their set.”
They are one band that disappears and then comes back for with gigs that leave us gasping. Indic Mist has the former Silk Route clan (minus Mohit Chauhan) like Kem Trivedi and Atul Mittal. Advaita did best what they were known for.
Moving on, this weekend the fest will host a blues, pop, funk genre Level 9, Drift, Emperor Ming and steady rockers Parikrama at Chinese and Thai Café, Gurgaon, 8 pm onwards.
Jack Frank of Performers Collective, talking about the festival, said, “It’s a simple concept like blowing your own horn which means you’re welcome to play your own music only.” Wish them luck with horns and trumpets!
Original music is great, of course, but we need some fresh new sounds and maybe new experiments. The DESU nights at Café Morrison were about that, and they should continue the feat. There are times when a whole lot of people, including me, feel a little bored with the same old names everywhere. And can we also get a break from unplugged sessions, please!
Oh, and I must mention that last weekend’s Rock On gig was a success for sure, with audiences swooning at the sight of the ‘Bollywood rockers’, but the event could have been better organised. To start with, passes were overdistributed, causing chaos, and people climbed all possible balconies of Select City Walk mall for a dekko.
The sound was a major concern; it was unclear, although Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did give us real music. I felt Purab Kohli’s jig, a recall of a sequence in the movie where he sings Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, was entertaining.
And guess who’s getting used to spending weekends in Delhi? DJs Nikhil Chinapa and Suketu, who’ll be here this weekend again. While this will be Nikhil’s third weekend in a row here, Suketu has almost been dubbed a Delhiite, he says.
Nikhil and Pearl spin on Friday and Suketu on Saturday respectively at Elevate, Noida. Pearl is back from Ministry of Sound London along with Pacha and Ibiza with some fresh house, electro and techno floor-burners.
Sunday, you could enjoy Gulzar’s ghazals performed by Madhumita Acharya, at IHC, 7 pm onwards, and then maybe head to F Bar, Hotel Ashok, for this week’s Sundaze gig; featuring gifted vocalist Sonia Saigal accompanied by Harmeet on the piano. Indic Mist will also be performing, at 9 pm.
Also check out Safari for oneness: Gautam Ghosh Collective at Blues on Thursday, 8 pm.