After nine successful weeks of bringing free live music at various public venues, The Bandstand Revival Project, started by Bombay Chambers of Commerce (BCCI) and Industry will draw to a close this weekend with multiple acts spread over two days. The project, which sought to recreate the 19th century culture of music performances in the city, has been credited for bringing traditional brass bands and local acts on one platform. “The response to the performances has been excellent this time. In fact, we decided to have a finale act on public demand,” says Kavita Sharma, joint director, BCCI.
Tomorrow at Hanging Gardens, artiste Luke Kenny will perform alongside popular band Something Relevant and The Police Band. Says Kenny, “The best thing about these performances is that it has brought about an integration of old and new talents. Since the gig is free, it gives a chance for passersby or those who cannot afford paid gigs to watch the live bands.” On Sunday, the finale will feature multi-genre outfit Lambada, singer-guitarist Ankit Dayal, Pune-based Hindi/Urdu rock band Highway 61 and the MGCM band at Dadar Chowpatty. “With such amazing musical variety on offer, there is going to be something for everyone,” says Manoj Pandya, guitarist, Lambada. The band, known for their sufi-rock style, will perform a mix of covers and originals. “We are going to perform songs from our upcoming album and then there will be our version of Eric Johnson’s ‘Cliffs of dover…’ and ‘Ketki gulab…’ a Hindustani bandish,” says Pandya. Taking a break for a few months, the project will return in winter. “Once the monsoons get over, we will start applying for permissions, which will take some time. So hopefully, we should be back soon,” says Sharma.Today, May 28: Luke Kenny, Something Relevant and The Police Band,
From: 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm at Hanging Garden
Tomorrow, May 29: Lambada, Ankit Dayal, Highway 61 and MCGM band
From: 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm at Dadar Chowpatty