One of the city's most frequented gig venues, Blue Frog, is offering music connoisseurs a deal that they'd find hard to miss. As part of its newest initiative, The Scene, in partnership with indie music promoters NH7, the club will host three upcoming bands - The Lightyears Explode (TLE), Skrat and Big City Harmonics (BCH) - tonight, April 18. But it isn't the prospect of catching three acts in one night that makes this gig worth it; it's the fact that there is no entry fee.
"We want to get fresh bands from all over India to come and perform here because this city is a hub for indie music. Not many people know that Skrat came up with an album in the form of a long music video. They need to be heard. Similarly, we love the sound of TLE and BCH," says Shadaab Kadri from Blue Frog. He adds, "We are aiming at hosting this event every month. Tonight's gig is free, but maybe later, we'll keep a minimal entry charge so that bands get paid their due." While this will be Chennai-based Skrat's first show in Mumbai, garage/punk rockers TLE will release their debut album, The Revenge of Kalicharan, at the event.
"Because the entry is free, we're expecting a good turnout. For a band, nothing is better than watching people move to your music. That way, interacting with them also becomes a lot more fun. And this, in turn, makes the audience's experience of the gig a lot better. It's a two-way process," says Aaron Carvalho, drummer, TLE.
Earlier this month, another popular live music venue - Hard Rock Café - introduced Rookie Nights in partnership with digital music platform Artist Aloud. The first edition saw city bands Blakc and Tripwire performing to a young crowd. The venue is yet to release details about the next edition of Rookie Nights.