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Girls can rock too

Trio of female vocalists to present classics at Tribute to Women in Rock concert tonight.

music Updated: May 24, 2011 14:52 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

Tonight, there won’t be angry young men on stage roaring popular rock numbers. Instead, three ladies will take to the mic to pay tribute to legendary female rock artistes.

The Women in Rock concert at live act venue Blue Frog will see singers Shazneen Arethna, Alisha Pais and Saba Azad performing rock classics by names like Tina Turner, Joan Jett, Alanis Morisette and Blondie among others. “We always wanted a tribute concert like this and we’ve finally found a perfect group of musicians to do it,” explains Emmanuelle de Decker, head, live programming, Blue Frog.

The gig will consist of three sets, each featuring about seven to eight songs. Backing the vocalists will be city-based musicians Warren Mendonsa on guitar, Rushad Mistry on bass and Jai Row Kavi on drums.

“Since each one of us has a unique style, the audience will get to see a very diversified vocal situation on stage,” says Shazneen Arethna, who has in the past, fronted the popular rock outfit Zero, before she formed her own band No Quarter with guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar. She is also the lead vocalist of Apostrophe, a blues outfit featuring Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa.

“I grew up listening to the artistes we are going to cover and they continue to inspire me,” adds Arethna. Joining her will be Azad, known for her husky vocals, who has previously performed with Blackstratblues and Petri Dish Project. “I’m really looking forward to the gig. It’s about time that we paid tribute to these amazing women,” says the 18-year old singer-songwriter Pais, one of the newest entrants on the burgeoning indie-music scene.

Catch Tribute to Women in Rock tonight at Blue Frog, 10 pm onwards.

Entry Rs 300.

First Published: May 24, 2011 13:05 IST