If you're the type who imagines you’re in a music video every time you listen to your iPod on the train ride to work, then we know this is going to make you happy. It’s World Music Day on Tuesday! And though we know you don’t need a special day to celebrate music, there could be no better reason to head out this week and dance, croon along, get into a trance or just gaze out lovingly at the band on stage. Here are five live music events you can attend in the city this week and we tell you why
Enjoy for a cause
There is no better medium than music to spread a message. Thaalavattam, which means a circle of rhythm, is drummer Montry Manuel’s brainchild. He combines his love of trance music and percussion in this project, which makes music from recycled products. His key words are “reduce, reuse, and retune”, and his repertoire includes instruments made of discarded tubes, paint cans and plastic bottles. He is joined by Daniel Waples, known worldwide for his use of the “Handpan”, an instrument that you could mistake for a shield.
WHERE: Anti-Social, 5th Road, Khar West
WHEN: June 23, 8 pm
ENTRY: Rs 500
Please don’t stop the music
If you just want to let your hair down and dance till you feel 16 again, then Saturday night with The Other People is just what the doctor ordered. In their eighth year of performing every last Saturday of the month at blueFrog, this band always delivers on the energy, foot-tapping music and the guarantee that it’s going to be a good night. They will, of course, play crowd favourites like 500 Miles by the Proclaimers and Maroon 5’s Sugar, but lately, they also play tunes from their original album #Dreamers #Believers #Lovers that came out last year, especially the award-winning Dancing For The World.
WHERE: blueFROG, Todi Mills and Co, Lower Parel
WHEN: June 25, 10.30 pm onwards
ENTRY: Rs 600, girls enter free
Get a dose of Indian classical
Monsoon is almost here (we hope!), and listening to some melodious and soulful Indian classical could set the mood for the months to come. Ragas of the Malhar family and the thumri and dadra are inseparably associated with this the season of sawan. Listen to the sonorous vocals of Soma Ghosh, who hails from the Benaras style of semi-classical music. She has also had the rare privilege of performing alongside legendary musicians, including Bismillah Khan.
WHERE: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
WHEN: June 24, 6.30 pm
ENTRY: R225 to R300
Get lost in stories
If you’ve heard of the Lost Stories remix of Afrojack’s How You Like Me Now, you already are a fan. If you haven’t, you need to head to their Soundcloud account now. The electronic duo, made up of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi, is known for innovative sound. They have also played alongside some of the biggest DJs in the world, including Tiesto and and Martin Garrix. And if electronica is not your scene, wait for DJ Chetas to get behind the console, who is supposed to be the king of the Bollywood mash-ups.
WHERE: Hard Rock Café, off Link Road, Andheri West
WHEN: June 19, 7.30 pm
Watch a cine concert
What is a ciné concert, you ask? Well, in the olden times, when films were silent, musicians used to perform in front of the screen as the movie played. Sounds charming, right? Les Mélodies de Nirbaak is a ciné concert produced by Abhind Musics who will perform with ‘The Georges Méliès Series’ — four short silent films by this director of the early 20th century. This time, the concert features Pierre-Antoine Lasnier on bass guitar, Neel Sarkar on guitar and various string instruments, Sushruto Goswami on flute and Pritam Sengupta on percussions and kalimba. What’s more, compositions will spontaneously change with each musician.
WHERE: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
WHEN: June 23, 7 pm
ENTRY: Rs 500