The heavy hitters on the list that will steal your heart are blues experts like Beth Hart, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugaray Rayford, Brandon Santini along with Arinjoy Trio representing the Indian act. They have come together to put together a high octane yet soulful and exquisite evening for Mumbai audiences.
The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart as “the ultimate female rock star.” The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave with big hits on her recent album, “Fire On The Floor.” With a career spanning more than two decades in the blues industry, Hart has always been praised and admired for her “daring, brooding and angry” performances on stage.
Fifty years of non-stop touring, performing and recording, Charlie Musselwhite has won 35 Blues Music Awards, been nominated 12 times for the Grammy Awards, taking home his first Grammy win in 2015 for his collaboration with Ben Harper on Get Up! Charlie may be the only musician to get a huge ovation just for opening his briefcase!
Sugaray Rayford is an American electric blues singer and songwriter, who has recently marked a big hit with his fourth album “The World That We Live In.” His church-honed vocals have unquestionable gospel influences, infusing his music with a certain sincerity that is increasingly hard to find.
Often compared with James Cotton or Paul Butterfield, Blues Blast Award nominee, Memphis vocalist, and harmonica player, Brandon Santini is a true dedicator of traditional blues with a modern colorful style of playing.
The winner of the Mahindra Blues Band Hunt, 2018, Arinjoy Trio is an amalgamation of three people who share a common hunger for the blues. Led by guitarist Arinjoy Sarkar, it comprises of Sounak Roy on drums and Aakash Ganguly on Bass. The trio performs a wide variety of blues music, from old school to contemporary.
Speaking about the festival’s mileage gained over the years and the announcement of its 9th edition- Jay Shah, Vice President, Head – Cultural Outreach, Mahindra Group said, “In the last eight years, we have witnessed a huge following of the blues genre of music in Mumbai and across India. We have grouped the international artists from blues industry on the basis of distinct admiring traits, style, and dedication towards the tradition of the genre. The ninth edition will go a notch higher and extend a weekend to people that will last them a lifetime.”
The Mahindra Blues Festival in association with The Times of India is co-sponsored by The Glenlivet Books, Mahindra Life-spaces, Club Mahindra, Mahindra Finance, Mahindra Accelo and Tube Investments with Gledo Advertising as the outdoor partner. The festival is promoted and produced by Oranjuice Entertainment.
Tickets are on sale on bookmyshow.com with daily passes available at Rs 2,500, season passes for Rs 4,000, while students can attend the festival at Rs 1,200 per day. Premium Enclosure Season Pass, which is inclusive of F&B will be available at Rs 15,000.
Dates: 9th – 10th February 2019
Venue: Mehboob Studios, Bandra, Mumbai
Further info: mahindraBlues@mahindra.com