menwhopause + By2Blues live
In a country where popular music is dominated with commercial Bollywood music and the live rock music scene is generally full of cover bands, menwhopause stuck to playing only original compositions and were one of the first bands in India to distribute their music for free over the Internet. Their first EP called ‘The story begins…’ was released online as a free download in 2003.
menwhopause has recently finished a new album titled ‘Neon Delhi’, currently being produced by Grammy Award nominated Victor Van Vugt, music producer for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Beth Orton.
The band calls the new album “more of a soundtrack really, to a short story or film, rather than an album.” And Neon Delhi is this noir story set in a Delhi from the near future.
The feeling that this ‘film’ conveys is that of bewilderment at the city, where its quirks and already nonsensical eccentricities have magnified into farcical proportions.
The band for this latest album has collaborated with some stellar musicians as diverse as a jazz pianist from U.S.A., Grant Richards and renowned Kamancha trio from Rajasthan, GFD of Sakar Khan’s lineage, apart from the famous poet-novelist Jeet Thayil and the YouTube sensation from New Delhi called FAADU rapper.
By2Blues was founded by Ananth Menon and Vasudev Prabhu, in 2011. After several successful gigs as a duo, By2Blues inducted Joe Anthony into the band in 2015. Today, By2Blues is a well-known classic blues trio. United by a deep and abiding love for the blues, Ananth, Dev and Joe present the blues with refreshing simplicity and honesty. The trio is often hailed for being true to the blues as an art form and for weaving together a sound that can be surprisingly big.
By2Blues plays classic blues and a bit of blues-rock in a highly original style. The band’s unique sound is a blend of powerful vocals, rock-solid rhythm and honkin’ harmonica. The band has an eclectic repertoire comprising several of their own compositions and interesting versions of popular songs by blues legends such as Stevie Ray, Clapton, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Keb Mo, Billy Branch, Taj Mahal, CCR, Neil Young, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and several other legends.
By2Blues Semi-acoustic Quartet: Often, By2Blues also transforms into an exciting blues quartet with the inclusion of a bass guitarist
The Humming Tree
The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At the present moment, along with major international artists who are touring with us, we’re curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading and storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. We aim at providing a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences we have access to. In addition to the performance venue, we run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.”
Entry: Cover: Rs. 500/- available at the venue and completely redeemable on F&B
Friday | 3rd March 2017 | 9:00 PM
The Humming Tree.
#949, 3rd Floor & Rooftop,
12th Main Road,
Bangalore – 560038.