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Ring in the blues

Nepali blues festival comes to the city today, to feature American and Australian blues artistes. Called the Himalayan Blues Festival, the event is scheduled to take place from November 10 to 12 in Kathmandu and will feature eight bands, including a few international ones.

music Updated: Nov 24, 2011 16:52 IST

Five years ago, Samik Kharel couldn’t have foreseen that his simple attempt to create a travelling music festival — with the sole intention of promoting live music — would eventually become one of Nepal’s larger annual music events.

Called the Himalayan Blues Festival, the event is scheduled to take place from November 10 to 12 in Kathmandu and will feature eight bands, including a few international ones – Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine (Australia), Izzy and Chris (USA) and The Jumping Cats (Russia). However, India hasn’t been left out either.

“We travelled to India last year and got great response. So we’re playing in three Indian cities this year,” says 24-year-old Kharel, festival’s founder and director. As part of the festival, Mumbaikars will get to experience Izzy and Chris, and Jimi Hocking’s Blue Machine at a gig at Blues Frog tonight, from 9.30 pm onwards,. “Jimi played for us in 2009 as a solo act, and this time he’s back with his band. He’s definitely someone to watch out for. He does duck-walks and tells plenty of jokes and stories while on stage,” Kharel says. Jimi also plays guitar for the Australian band The Streaming Jets.

For those who are fans of pure delta blues, Kharel recommends Izzy and Chris. “They play pure blues with lots of harmonica and guitars. They’re excited about playing in Nepal too. But I don’t think they know what to expect,” Kharel laughs.

The festival will also take place at Counterculture, Bangalore and Attitude Live, Delhi on November 4 and 5 respectively.

Today at Blue Frog, Lower Parel, from 9.30 pm onwards.
Entry: Rs 300 per person.
For more information, visit www.himalayanblues.com.