Date: Oct 18-20
Venue: Laxmi Lawns, Next to Magarpatta City
Ankur Tewari, BLOT vs. Kohra, Blackstratblues, Chase & Status DJ Set, Devoid, Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator, Dualist Inquiry, Indian Ocean, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Krunk All-Stars, Maati Baani, Midival Punditz (Live), Nischay Parekh, Nucleya, Papon & The East India Company, Parvaaz, Pentagram, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Scribe, Shankar Tucker, Simian Mobile Disco, Skindred, Sky Rabbit, Slow Club, Suman Sridhar feat. Jiver, Textures, The Raghu Dixit Project, Vachan Chinappa, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney, Your Chin
Date: Nov 23, 24
Venue: Embassy International Riding School
Dry the River, Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Mekaal Hasan Band, The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel, The Raghu Dixit Project, Krunk All-Stars, Noisia, Nucleya, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ set, Shaa’ir + Func, And So I Watch You from Afar, Bevar Sea, Inner Sanctum, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, TesseracT, The Fender Benders, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad, Sulk Station, Zervas & Pepper, Bobby Friction, Cali P & Chiqui Dubs, Dakta Dub, DJ Uri, EZ Riser, Low Rhyderz, Pippin, Poirier, Reggae Rajahs, Sound Avtar, _RHL
Date: Nov 30, Dec 1
Venue: Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Dry the River, Faridkot, Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Mekaal Hasan Band, Noori, Benga, Kill Paris, Michal Menert, Nucleya, Sandunes, Shiva Soundsystem, And So I Watch You from Afar, J.Viewz, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Meshuggah, MUTEMATH, Scribe, SundogProject, The Ska Vengers, Arooj Aftab, Dhruv Visvanath, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Rajasthan Roots, Zervas & Pepper, Baba Jas, Dubtron, Frame/Frame, Moniker, Soundclash, Swaggamuffin, Tarqeeb, The Grind, The Heatwave, YT, Ziggy the Blunt
Date: Dec 14,15
Venue: Ibiza Resort, Merlin Greens
Indian Ocean, Kailasa, Papon & The East India Company, PINKNOISE, Soulmate, Swarathma, The Raghu Dixit Project, Arjun Vagale presents Re:Focus, Bay Beat Collective, BLOT vs. Kohra, Dualist Inquiry Band, Michal Menert, Nucleya, The Ska Vengers, Demonic Resurrection, Digital Suicide, Ganesh Talkies, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Parikrama, Pentagram, Textures, Undying Inc, Zero, Girish Pradhan, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad, Tajdar Junaid, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney, AlgoRhythm, BASSFoundation, David Boomah, Delhi Sultanate and Begum X, DJ Uri, EZ Riser, Reggae Rajahs, Sandunes, Smoke Signal, Sound Avtar, Yidam
Community Ticket: Rs 3000 The Community ticket is a three-day ticket available to anyone who has purchased tickets to any of our festivals (Bacardi NH7 Weekender, A Summer’s Day or Invasion), or is a registered user on NH7.in
Regular Ticket: Rs 3750 Valid for all three days
Under-21 Ticket: Rs 1750 (You qualify if you were born after Oct 1, 1992)
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NEEL AND THE LIGHTBULBS are:
An established singer-songwriter and guitarist who has played in as well as led several bands in Calcutta for well over a decade. He also works as a music director and composer through his music production house, MANA, notable for soundtrack work on films such as ‘Gaandu’ and the upcoming adaptation of ‘Tasher Desh’.
A champion guitar player and backing vocalist, Subhodip also regular plays and records with his acoustic duo, Ifs and Buts. He also works with music director Anupam Roy on a regular basis.
Bass guitar player who has played in many a city band rhythm section. Apart from the Lightbulbs, he also plays bass for popular masala punk band Ganesh Talkies as well as Anupam Roy.
Drummer and coconut-water model. One of the more sought after drummers in the city, he also plays regularly with The Saturday Night Blues band and indie favourites, The Supersonics. Avinash also works as a producer with Delhi-based content creation company The Peninsula Studios.
This week, Jamsteady presents Srinjay Banerjee with his Quartet.
About the Quartet:
The Srinjay Banerjee Quartet began as a trio in 2010 and has featured a rolling line-up of musicians since then. They are one of the few bands exclusively pushing authentic contemporary jazz sounds in Calcutta.
Someone wrote in the Hindustan Times recently that their music ‘charts a wide sonic spectrum from bebop and traditional swing, to reggae/dub and electronica, right through till contemporary jazz-fusion with third stream and modern creative leanings.’
Srinjay recently returned to the city after a year-long stint at the Swarnabhoomi School of Music in Chennai. In the time since he set down his big bag of pedals and synths, he has reassembled the Quartet while also playing guitar with the Gunzooloo squad.
He has promised a ‘fresh set-list for the quartet gig at Jamsteady. New tunes & re-arrangements’ as well as ‘some ultraviolence’. Stunna shades are optional.
The line-up for the evening is:
Willie Walters – Electric Bass
Arunava Chatterjee – Keyboards
Nilanjan Ghosh – Drums
Srinjay Banerjee – Guitars
Music on the PA will be handled by Wasubi Smith, a city jazz DJ with an ear for jagged jazz grooves, tourette funk and some wild improv. When Wasubi talks with his hands, people take note, cooperate and listen; mostly because the rhythm is what he give them.
Come join us at the largest weekly venue for live music with the happiest bar in the city!
26, Prince Anwar Shah Road,
Kolkata 700 033
(diagonally opposite Navina Cinema)
+91 98368 99945
Kolkata has a reputation of welcoming out-station musicians of all creed and color with open arms, especially if they belong to the established category.
But what if you arent an established musician? What if you are a young female artiste who is completely unknown to the average Kolkata music lover? What if you, the artiste, decides to not only perform in Kolkata for the first time, but also launch your album in this city as well? Does the city embrace you or reject your musical efforts?
These and many other questions came to mind when the promos for Malis debut performance at Someplace Else started filtering through. For those of you who may not know, Mali (Maalavika Manoj) is a Chennai-based lass who came to prominence in the local scene as the vocalist of the band Bass-In Bridge. With the demise of the band Mali decided to go solo and fulfill her ambition of becoming a full-time singer/songwriter. After the success of her recently launched debut album Deceptive in the Chennai circuit, she probably decided it was time to reach out to the rest of the country and rightly so, since no new artiste can ever hope to sustain herself or grow artistically just by remaining encamped within her own local comfort zone. Picking Kolkata for her first ever out-station gig was a brave decision, especially when hardly anyone in the city had ever heard of her, much less heard her sing.
In the day and age where most singers contort and distort their vocals to sound all new-age it is rare to hear a vocalist who keeps it fresh and simple and allows just the melody in her vocals to speak to you. Malis approach to singing however is just that, and her refreshing vocal style made it easy for her to win over the Friday night Someplace Else crowd on the 19th of July, . With a set-list that was dominated by popular covers the young artiste sang her heart out to the crowd most of who were lolling around waiting for their weekly Friday night dose of Hip Pocket. And truth be told, during the initial stages of her gig the sparse crowd wasn’t really paying much attention being an unknown factor possibly left her at a disadvantage. However this young artiste did not lose heart, and with the able assistance of her band – Vivin Kuruvilla on keyboards, Naveen Kumar on guitar and Allwyn Jeya Paul on drums – Malis beautiful voice eventually won over everyone in attendance. Her renditions of Don’t Know Why, Fever, Losing My Religion, Another Day In Paradise, Master Blaster and Waterloo allowed her to demonstrate her full vocal range and she even had a few Spanish and French covers in her repertoire: Mas Que Nada, Viens Jusqu’a Moi and Besame Mucho. But it was her performance of The Corrs song Runaway which bowled the crowd over, and it was amazing to hear her sounding so much like Andrea Corr.
Malis vocal style is a throwback to the age of the Park Street crooners of the swinging 60s and 70s. And so it was fitting to see Kolkatas original didi Usha Uthup come down to Someplace Else and lend her support to the young singer. In fact not only did she give her stamp of approval to Malis vocal efforts, but she also got up on stage and belted ‘Skyfall’, her powerful vocals arresting everyone inside the pub undoubtedly one of the highlights of the evening.
Mali brought the curtain down on her debut Kolkata performance by singing a few lines from This One’s For You and Wannabe two songs from her debut album. As this gig was also doubling up as an album launch, it actually would have made sense for her to have highlighted more songs from her album rather than to lay emphasis on her long list of covers. Performing her originals would have also helped her to showcase her songwriting talent to the Kolkata crowd as well something which she might want to keep in mind for future gigs.
And so we come back to the questions asked at the beginning of this review was Kolkata capable of embracing a young female artiste from Chennai, still to-be-established and a veritable unknown to the local Kolkata crowd? Undoubtedly, yes. Was her album launch the success she was hoping it to be? Honestly, no. Getting herself known to the Kolkata public was a huge task in itself, and the added burden of promoting her album in this city was always going to be a tough task. But having said that, achieving one out of two is a fair achievement and it undoubtedly lays a positive platform for her future endeavors in the City of Joy, where she can henceforth be guaranteed a warm welcome from the music lovers of this city.