From its birthplace in Mississippi to Texas and Chicago, where it flourished, and new destinations where this music genre scaled new heights, the Mahindra Blues Festival promises a heavy dose of all things Blues
After three successful editions, the Mahindra Blues Festival seems to have touched a new high this season with two Grammy-Award-winning acts — The Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jimmie Vaughan — performing at the fourth edition starting on February 15. But before you head to catch the Blues, take a look at our special guide on who these bands are and what makes them special:
The Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Tedeschi Truck Band: Led by husband-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, this 10-member Blues band from Jacksonville, Florida, US, won the Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012 for their debut album, Revelator. Blues artiste and composer Doyle Bramhall II, son of the late Doyle Bramhall, will join the band for their performance in Mumbai.
Jimmie Vaughan: The four-time Grammy award winner made his mark in the Blues world when he won a Grammy in 2001 for his album, Do You Get the Blues? The older brother of legendary Bluesman Stevie Vaughan, Jimmie brings Texas Blues to Mumbai.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials: Expect Lil’ Ed, a veteran of Chicago Blues to serve up a dose of the songs of his native city, Chicago, painting the diversity of the Blues genre today.
Zac Harmon: What is a Blues festival without sounds from Mississippi, the birth place of the Blues music. Zac Harmon, born and bred in Mississippi, brings his home state’s Blues style to the island city.
Soulmate: Perhaps India’s most prominent Blues Rock band, this Meghalaya-based band led by singers and guitarists Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar, will be playing songs from their new album, which will also be launched at the festival.
Blackstratblues: The solo Blues project of local guitarist Warren Mendonsa will take the stage again for some soul-stirring sounds from his finely tuned guitar.
On: January 15 and 16, 6 pm onwards
At: Mehboob Studios, Bandra (W).
Tickets Rs 2,000 (daily); Rs 3,000 (season); Rs 11,000 (VIP); Rs 800 (students per day)
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