07Jul

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai, Pune & Bangalore July 7th – 12th, 2015

MUMBAI

July 7 – Pocket Films and Gionee Present Love Ke Side Effects

After the whopping success of the on-line short film contest run by Pocket Films titled ‘Love ke Side Effects’ it’s finally time to screen the winning films that have been judged by a panel of esteemed film makers in the independent scene. What better venue than blueFROG Mumbai!

Join us at the event ‘Love ke Side Effects’ – which encompasses the screenings, award ceremony and panel discussion presented by Gionee and Pocket Films featuring renowned directors Nagesh Kukunoor, Sanjay Suri and Sudhir Mishra.

July 7 – Early Set with Shubhangi Joshi

The Shubhangi Joshi Collective came together through a common love of creating and performing lyrical music with an emphasis on melody and soul. Formed by Shubhangi Joshi (Vocals/ Guitars) with Akash Sawant (Bass), Utkarsh Dhotekar (Keys) and Jairaj Joshi (Drums/ Percussion), the band explores various themes through their lyrics, while adding elements of jazz and R & B to their primarily acoustic sound.

July 8 – Early Set with Thomas Albert feat. Kalyani

“Thomas Albert is a singer-songwriter based in Bombay, with Pop and its sub-genres such as Country Pop, Brit Pop, Soft Rock etc. in his repertoire. He is a rhythm guitarist, a self-taught pianist and a part-time bassist as well, who also collaborates with the NSPA Foundation.

He prefers composing and writing his own songs, but also encourages collaboration with local talent. While his personal taste in music is reflected in soul rendering numbers, his own songs resonate his crafty yet raw-edged writing, as also his personality.

Hope you enjoy his music! Cheers!”

July 8 – The Darshan Doshi Collective

The Darshan Doshi Collective is an ensemble of talented musicians & vocalist put together by Indian drummer & percussionist Darshan Doshi.

It was first formed at the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsav 2014 and is known for creating an amalgamation of diverse music cultures into one concert.

The concert consists of the band performing a range of songs that come from very strong fusion roots that are paired with a funk/jazz arrangements.

July 9 – Solo Indien & Bombay Bassment

Jehu Mulobo is Congolese Artist/Musician who loved music since his childhood, then joined the national classical Institute of arts in Congo/kinshasa, he has collaborated with some band as Neurone Musik(Congo), Cle de sol(Congo/kinshasa) and invited to be part of the songs “5 chantiers” made for the electoral campaign of the actual president of Congo.

July 10 – The Best in Comedy Store

It’s time to tickle the funny bone! Are you ready?

July 10 – Minitech Project - One Night in Mumbai with Opening Act by Sqalektiq VS. Maitrai

Minitech Project live performances are a skillful spontaneous infusion of tracks combined with loops and independently produced elements with FX added to create some breathtaking experiences. His commitment and quality have not only won him fans around the world and support from some of the finest names in Techno, but also a monthly residency at the now world renowned Techno Tuesday at Amsterdam’s Sugar Factory where he regularly performs to audiences in excess of 1000 international party people….

July 11 – The Best in Comedy Store

The funniest in town comes to blueFROG!

July 11 – megaFROG Saturday ft. Anish Sood with Supporting Act by DJ Leon Russell

With a calendar that is sold out weeks in advance, several new singles in the pipeline and a highly anticipated European debut, Anish is firmly on his way to establishing himself as India’s biggest dance music act.

July 12 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the Frog for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar!

July 12 – Peter Cat Recording Co.

Peter Cat Recording Co. is an anomaly in Delhi. Their work presents them equally at ease playing music somewhere between 1970s Bollywood car chase scenes – if Morricone lived in big band era Chicago and dabbled in Indian film scoring – and full on 4/4 subcontinental disco. Genres splatter the walls of the space where they live, practice, and record, allowing them to causally observe gravity pulling these tropes in different directions, letting the air dry it out to see what sticks. All members play in side projects, and they inhabit a kind of microcosm with a revolving cast of characters, giving rise to a kind of musical narrative that remains entirely unique.

PUNE

July 7 – blueFROG Bar Night ft. DJ Deep

“The truest expression of people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie”, this classic quote by Agnes De Mille aptly forms the foundation for DJ Deep’s music. With a mere experience of 6 years, Deep has climbed his way to the upper reaches of success in a rather enviable time. “My style usually varies from some delicious progressive to a bit of super groovy techno, a pinch of the commercial sounds for the saturday night clubbers, heading all the way into some power packed trance and psychedelic goodies”, adds this powerhouse of talent.

July 8 – The Blues Jam

The Blues Jam will have talented musicians from various bands come together to celebrate the Blues and each other. This Blues Jam will showcase over 25 artists (3 bands and an additional 15 artists) playing over popular Blues, Blues Rock and Jazz Standards.

July 9 – Retro Night ft. DJ Deep

Currently based in Pune, Deep has played in clubs and gigs all across the nation in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and continues to wreak havoc on dancefloors with the sole aim of playing and promoting electronic dance music with integrity and filled with colossal energy. Expect to hear a lot more and about Deep, this year and beyond.

July 10 – The Comedy Store Presents Re-FRESHingly Funny!

Mikhail Almeida, Shaurya Tyagi, Anirban Dasgupta, Chinmay Mhatre and Abhimanyu Khanna will be keyed up this evening to present a riot of laughters!

July 10 – Boom Baba with Opening Act By Tonefabrik

Tarun Shahani (Boombaba) is a music producer and co-owner of Urban Distortion, one of the leading dance music curation & Booking agencies in India. One of the early pioneers in the Indian Electronic Music scene, his first release was in 2004, the first ever psytrance release by an Indian Artist. His music has been featured on compilations alongside artists like Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Son Kite, Jitter, GMS etc. Started Djing in 2007 he has played at most of India’s leading music festivals & Clubs with legends like Shpongle, Umek, Pig&Dan, SOS, GMS & James Harcourt. June 2015 saw his highly acclaimed debut techno release on Soupherb records, a raplidly growing Indian record label.

July 11 – megaFROG Saturday with JOSHI

Hailing from the sand & surf of Goa, India, JOSHI is a young and sought after artist who is fast taking the electronic dance music (EDM) world by storm! Having made his DJ debut at Sunburn Goa 2013, Joshi has continued to impress audiences around the country, playing in every major Indian city as well as at some of the country’s finest festivals, including Enchanted Valley Carnival, Sunburn Campus/ Reload, and more recently on the MainStage at Sunburn Goa 2014.

Within this short span of one year, Joshi has managed to share stages with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sander Van Doorn, Hard Rock Sofa, Michael Woods, Deniz Koyu, Dany Avila, just to name a few!

July 12 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the Frog for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar!

BANGALORE

July 10 – Solo Indien, Supporting Act By Unnayanaa

Jehu Mulobo aka Solo Indien has played with a various musicians from different genres and languages all across the world including Tritha Sinha (India / Kolkata), Reggae Rajahs (India / New Delhi), Stefan Kaye (UK), Nikhil Vasudevan (India), Space (India/ Paris), Chalo Africa (Congo), Neurone Musik (Congo/kinshasa), N.Dom.Bolo (India/Delhi), Scoot Moses(USA/California), Solo Indien played as a resident band at the Rose Hotel in Haus Khaz Village(Delhi) and in other venues as well as Humming Tree(Bangalore), The Living Room, Verve, Raasta, Rumbar, Imperfecto, Roost Bistro & Downstairs at Zo in Delhi.

Regularly captivating audiences as a lead guitarist and vocalist all over the world. his music demonstrates a range of shades and temperaments. The sound build down to acoustic simplicity, which draws influences from an electric range of genres from Soukousse, Blues, Afrobeat, Rumba and Reggae.

July 11 – DJ SA, Supporting Act By Nik

DJ SA is India’s premier Hip-Hop / Trap DJ, voted India’s best Hip-Hop DJ at the inaugral VH1 MyFav Awards in the past, Sa has taken Hip-Hop music to a whole new level in the country. 2013 saw DJ SA playing at the NH7 Weekender, Pune with rave reviews. Furthermore appearances at the NH7 Shakedown parties as well as his own signature night “Fresh” saw him crate digging into his roots to get Hip Hop the attention it deserves. Opening for the likes of Akon, Charmillionaire, Kardinal Ofishall, Sean Kingston, Snoop Dogg (Lion), MIMS and DJ Green Lantern resulting in collaboration with Universal Music to promote all their Hip-Hop albums across India in the past. More recently opening for “DJ Mick” at VH1′s signature event “Hip-Hop Hustle” as well as providing support to bass music kingpin “Flux Pavilion” further cements his status as a key player in Indian club culture.

See ya’ at the FROG!

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30Jun

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai, Pune & Bangalore June 30th – July 5th, 2015

MUMBAI

July 1 – Make the Scene: Woodstock

Make The Scene invites you to visit the best concert ever held on planet earth. This time MTS @bluefrog will see 2 Malad based acts take the stage. Power blues rock act The Howard Pereira Trio plays soulful heavy blues and will be playing a set including Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane etc…

July 2 – Music & Mystics

Alif is an Ethnic Sufi Rock band. Formely known as Highway 61 with a fusion Urdu/ Kashmiri lyrics, the music resounds with contemporary references and an informed understanding of the two-faced times we live in.

Winit Tikoo is a Singer/Songwriter currently based in Mumbai, India. Born and brought up in Kashmir, a deep influence/reflection of the Sufi tradition of the region and the earthy, Urdu influenced poetry can easily be found in his music. Combined with latter musical influences of blues based Rock n Roll, Grunge and Alternative Rock, Winit Tikoo’s sound has developed into a unique amalgamation of these musical expressions with Hindi/Urdu as the poetic vehicle.

July 4 – The Best in Comedy Store

It’s time to tickle the funny bone! Are you ready?

July 4 – UnCensored TURN IT UP featuring DJ SA & DJ Ishani

DJ SA is India’s premier HipHop/Trap DJ, voted India’s best Hip-Hop DJ at the inaugural VH1MyFav Awards in the past, SA hastaken Hip-Hop music to a whole new level in the country. Having a key role in promoting Hip Hop/Trap music, Dj SA can be seen performing regularly at clubs all around the country. 2013 saw DJ SA playing the NH7Weekender, Pune with rave reviews.

When she first hit the club circuit, Ishani knew exactly what she didn’t like about it. Therewasn’t nearly enough Hip Hop for her liking, so she immediately embarked on becoming aDJ.8 years later, she is one of the elites in the Indian Hip Hop DJ league. She has heldresidency at 3 Mumbai nightclubs including Purple Haze Lounge and at Zenzi (Bandra)/Zenzi Mills, two of the hippest joints ever in the city.Her dexterity on the decks has been endorsed by nominations from VH1 Sound NationAwards (2014) and MyFavDJ Awards (2011 &2013).

July 5 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the Frog for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar!

July 5 – Co'meow'dy For a Cause

Kunal Kamra has a career in advertising which has made him so jaded and frustrated that he does stand up in order to satisfy his need to ridicule and mock what he sees in his daily life. He’s an observational comedian, and is known for his weird and twisted take on things. He’s brutally honest and incisive and his material is fresh, edgy and hilarious.

Religiously, Kamal Singh is a Sardar. Culturally, just a category in Jokes!

Foolishly numb, he often laughs at his own pain.

Abhishek Upmanyu entered the Delhi comedy circuit in December 2013, and since then has been performing regularly at various kitty parties and birthdays of kids with low IQ. Known for his super fast, extremely quick, faster than light delivery style, he does hours of material in minutes. He aspires to create his own 1 hour special, but it would just take 2 minutes of your time.

PUNE

July 1 – Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe, Opening Act By Prateek Bhaduri

Kabir Cafe by Neeraj Arya brings you the timeless verses of Kabir, the 15th century mystic poet, in a fresh concoction using contemporary music and carnatic flavours.

Comprising of Neeraj Arya, Mukund Ramaswamy, Raman Iyer, Viren Solanki and Poubuanpou Britto KC, the band has performed across the country and has collaborated with Bollywood composer Vishal Dadlani. They were also a part of the television show India’s Got Talent

July 2 – Retro Night ft. DJ Deep

Currently based in Pune, Deep has played in clubs and gigs all across the nation in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and continues to wreak havoc on dancefloors with the sole aim of playing and promoting electronic dance music with integrity and filled with colossal energy. Expect to hear a lot more and about Deep, this year and beyond.

July 3 – Boom Room

Raimund Imo has played in Russia, Germany, Spain, Australia, UK, Indonesia, France and India and has also supported and gained respect from many of Europe’s live acts and DJs. These in-clude the likes of Mathew Jonson, Wolf & Lamb, Loose Change, Anton Kubikov, Bjoern Wilke, Mike Shannon, dOP, D-Sens, Grobi Berger & Romain Favre (Moog Conspirancy), Kate Moss, Vera, Chloe, A Guy Called Gerald, Mole and Dorian Paic. He is currently collaborating on and produ-cing new tracks, due for release next year.

July 4 – Nikhil Chinapa & Opening Act By Zavion

Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa, better known as Nikhil Chinapa and VJ Nikhil, (born in Bangalore, India on 6 June 1973) is an Indian radio jockey and video jockey and is a popular presenter on MTV India. He was the Festival Director of Asia’s premier music festival Sunburn Festival in Goa before parting with Percept INC in fall 2013.

July 5 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the Frog for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar!

BANGALORE

July 3 – The Raghu Dixit Project & Supporting Act By Mahesh & The Mix

Dixit’s music is an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music and styles from different parts of the world. In an interview with Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu, he mentions, ““Every 200 kilometres in this country, languages change, the dialects change and the food changes, lives and lifestyles change and my music is unique and probably the USP is that it’s sung in a vernacular tongue… it adds mystery.” His lyrics are about every common man’s emotions and experience. His songs Mysore se aayi, Mumbai, Antaragni, Hey Bhagwan, Har Saans Mein, Gudugudiya, Khidki are popular among his fans. Most of his songs are influenced by Shishunala Sharif, a saint and poet from the state of Karnataka in India.

July 4 – Anish Sood

Anish Sood is a well known DJ/Producer from Goa, India. His style of music is Big Room/Progressive House.

July 5 – Prakash Sontakke Group presents Perception

Prakash Sontakke is one of the very few musicians in this country who has done India proud on several Global platforms .His performances is a crowd puller and an eye opener for Guitar Enthusiasts and fun for crowds.

See ya’ at the FROG!

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23Jun

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai, Pune & Bengaluru June 23rd – 28th, 2015

MUMBAI

June 24 – Ribbit With Awkward Bong, Blek & The Lightyears Explode

Awkward Bong is Mumbai-based musician Ronit Sarkar’s singer-songwriter avatar. Starting out as a solo bedroom project in 2014, the act has now grown into a four-piece band with a lush, organic pop sound.

Blek are three guys who grew up in Bombay. They met at a college and realised they should play in a band instead. 2 whiskeys with a coke and soda, and a vodka tonic with a slice of lemon for bite. See you soon.

The Lightyears Explode are a three piece Garage / Indie / Punk band from Mumbai, India. Formed in 2009, the band comprises of Aaron Carvalho on Drums, Shalom Benjamin on Bass and Saurabh Roy on Guitars/Vocals. The band draws their influence from everything ranging from The White Stripes to Ganpati Visarjans, forming their very own blend of Masala Punk!

June 25 – "Rock the Blues" with Kanchan Daniel & the Beards & Big Bang Blues

Kanchan Daniel and the Beards is a home grown blues rock band and is among the country’s most well recognized in the genre.

Formed in 2009, Big Bang Blues started out with the electric blues sound and over the years it has evolved into a more Blues-Rock act. The five-piece band creates its sound from the diverse influences from Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan to Aretha Franklin, Etta James.

June 26 – The Comedy Store Presents Re-FRESHingly Funny!

The Comedy Store and blueFROG are delighted to present the Best in Stand-Up Comedy!

June 26 – Ma Faiza Maximum Tour 2015

Ma Faiza has been voted India’s No.1 electronica DJ, playing to some of the largest crowds in India and across the world.

Do Not Miss!

June 27 – The Best in Comedy Store

It’s time to tickle the funny bone! Are you ready?

June 27 – Retro Night ft. The Other People

The Other People was formed in July 2004. They are proverbial in and around the club circuit having performed at eminent venues such as the blueFROG, Hard Rock Café, Opus, Amadeus, Shiro, V Spot Cafe etc.

June 28 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the Frog for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar!

June 28 – 'Theatre@theFROG' Presents CHARGE

Set in the future, Charge is an absurd comedy on technology and the human condition. It is no longer safe to go outside. The sky has fallen. A married couple live in one room and have their every whim catered to by androids.

PUNE

June 23 – blueFROG BAR NIGHTS ft. DJ DEEP

blueFROG resident DJ Deep has shared the stage with some of the world’s best acts including legends like Norman Doray, John 00 Fleming, Sied Van Riel, Ahmet Sendil, Super8 and Tab to more new age stars and psy gurus like Perfect Stranger, X-Noize, Pixel, Gordon Edge and Filthy Rich to name a few. Apart from that he’s played alongside some of the top Indian DJs including Jalebee Cartel, Pearl, Nikhil Chinapa, Bandish Projekt, Ma Faiza, B.L.O.T, Brute Force and Inferno among others.

June 24 – Wednesday Night Live ft. Vinay Kaushal Collective

Vinay Kaushal is a Composer, Guitar Player and Music Educator based in India. He is an alumnus of the Musician’s Institute, Hollywood (GIT).  Vinay’s playing boasts of a unique stylistic versatility with a repertoire   that includes genres like the blues, funk, jazz, rock and fusion.

June 25 – DJ DEEP & DJ OMI

blueFROG Pune resident DJ Deep brings to you groovy tunes live!

June 26 – DJ SMITZ

SMITZ’s experience has her well travelled from the shores of Mauritius to the black sands of Goa. You can hear her love of the beach correlate with her love of music, as you can feel the free rhythmic sounds throughout her music.

June 28 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

The Sunday brunch at blueFROG is the only brunch in town with live music and dancing. It is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones, over a variety of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga. The blueFROG Sunday brunch – a game the whole family can play!

June 28 – Technical Hitch Live in Pune

David Semo aka. Diko has been producing psytrance under the name crying orc / technical hitch since 2004. Based in Israel, technical hitch soundscapes will take your mind to the unique place on the dance floor with special colors and a feeling of madness.

BENGALURU

June 24 – Dub Night ft. AXO

Bengaluru FROG resident DJ Axo will play his signature styles.

June 26 – Thermal And A Quarter, Supporting Act By Mad Orange Fireworks

Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) is a path‐breaking band from Bangalore, India. TAAQ describes its music as ‘Bangalore Rock’; an eclectic mix of genres with a sensibility that is uniquely global while retaining the essence of this South Indian city that is now clearly on the world map of culture and technology.

June 27 – Aneesh Gera & Supporting Act by 1TrakM!ind

Aneesh Gera is an artist regularly supported by BBC RADIO 1 / VH1 /  Ministry Of Sound Radio / Capital FM / Sunburn on Air / BEATPORT and many more!

See ya’ at the FROG!

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15Jun

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai and Pune – June 16th – 21st, 2015

MUMBAI

June 17 – Motown Revisited with Thomson Andrews

If you like your music old school yet groovy, your songs soulful & sassy with a dash of new age rhythms – then look no further!

June 18 – CONCERT by Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA)

Ram Trio is a soulful sufi ensemble with unorthodox instruments, they blend melodious Sufi music with folk to create a fusion of new age Sufi folk music. Anusha & Rachel are a duo gifted with powerful vocals, they cover English and Spanish songs with creative renditions of their own.

June 18 – 2Stroke Tour/Skrat & Aswekeepsearching

Aswekeepsearching has been turning heads and perking up ears over the country for a while now,spreading a message of positivity and good times in away only they can, while keeping their feet planted firmly on the ground. Hailing from sunny Ahmedabad,Gujarat, the outfit comprises of vocalist/guitarist Uddipan Sarmah, guitarist/keyboardist Shubham Gurung, bassist Bob Alex and drummer Gautam Deb.

June 19 – CONCERT by Furtados School of Music

The Teachers and Students at Furtados School of Music have got together to put up a rocking performance to celebrate World Music Day. They will perform pieces from their Integrated Rockstar Course and some great classic rock covers! So if you’re into Pink Floyd, Eagles, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin and Guns N Roses, don’t miss the FSM Rock Band!

June 19 – RITMO live at blueFROG // #eatsleepSTOMP

Dubi Dagan, aka Ritmo, has managed to formulate a unique technique that captures moments in our lives and translates them to an addictive rhythmic Progressive Trance creation.

June 20 – The Best in Comedy Store

The Comedy Store and blueFROG are delighted to present the Best in Stand-Up Comedy!

June 20 – Mega Frog Saturday ft. Aneesh Gera & Leon Russell

Aneesh Gera is an artist regularly supported by BBC RADIO 1 / VH1 / Ministry Of Sound Radio/ Capital FM / Sunburn on Air / BEATPORT and many more.

June 21 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need several Sundays to savor everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices. The only brunch in town complete with live music and dancing.

June 21 – Mahindra Blues Tribute to BB King’ by Blackstratblues ft. Tejas

Blackstratblues (www.blackstratblues.com) is a solo project of Warren Mendonsa, who is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer. Warren got his formal start in music in 1998, forming Zero with childhood friends Sidd Coutto and Girish & Rajeev Talwar.

PUNE

June 16 – blueFROG Bar Nights ft. Dj Deep

DJ Deep played alongside some of the top Indian DJs including Jalebee Cartel, Pearl, Nikhil Chinapa, Bandish Projekt, Ma Faiza, B.L.O.T, Brute Force and Inferno among others.

June 17 – Skrat, Aswekeepsearching, The Gravy Philosophy

Skrat is an alternative rock band from Chennai, we travel the country on planes, trains, cars and motorcycles playing our music to as many people as we can, as much as we can and as loudly as we can.

From their image, to their music, to their lyrics, everything slots together with deft precision. Aswekeepsearching should be on your ‘one to see’ list.

The ‘village folk’ meets the ‘machines’ is the kind of sound The Gravy Philosophy is going for.

June 18 – Moonburn Abstract EP Launch, Opening Act By Celestial Teapot

Musically, Moonburn’s music has been described as a combination of a variety of styles ranging from quaint and melodious strains of vintage progressive rock, which displays deep-lying influences of Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, with a discernible heavyset sound, typical of bands like Tool and Opeth.

Celestial Teapot experiments without boundaries and explores beyond what has already been found.

June 19 – DJ Kaz

His mixing of music, looping, rapping and power within him just make the entire crowd go crazy on the dance floor also he has played with all the India’s top most DJ’s, to pen down we have DJ’s like DJ Aqueel, DJ Akbar Sami, DJ suketu, DJ Notorious, DJ Aktar, DJ Nikhil, DJ Nikhil Chinappa, DJ Nasha, DJ Amit and so on.

June 20 – megaFROG Saturday Ft. DJ IVAN

DJ Ivan is one of the foremost prime DJs of Bangalore, India. He is unquestionably one of the pioneers of excellent music and entertainment today. His versatility in various music genres has always created an ambience of taste, talent and celebration for all music lovers.

June 21 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

The Sunday brunch at blueFROG is the only brunch in town with live music and dancing. It is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones, over a variety of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga. The blueFROG Sunday brunch – a game the whole family can play!

June 21 – DJ DEEP, DJ OMI

blueFROG resident DJ Deep has shared the stage with some of the world’s best acts including legends like Norman Doray, John 00 Fleming, Sied Van Riel, Ahmet Sendil, Super8 and Tab to more new age stars and psy gurus like Perfect Stranger, X-Noize, Pixel, Gordon Edge and Filthy Rich to name a few.

See ya’ at the FROG!

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12Jun

The Music Scene In Bengaluru Gets Bigger With The Launch Of blueFROG!

Saturday 19th June, 2015 marks the beginning of a new epoch in the live music scene of Bengaluru with blueFROG coming to the city. The revolutionary integrated music project in Mumbai, Pune and now Bengaluru is located on Church Street in the heart of the central shopping and dining district.

The brand Blue Frog hopes to become the go-to venue with its spanking new and echeloned band concerts curated especially for the city music lovers and club hoppers!

Check out the upcoming gigs lined up for June:-

19th June – blueFROG Bengaluru Launch With Dub Pistols!

Formed: London, England 1996

Members: Malcom Wax, Barry Ashworth, Jason O’Bryan, Bill Borez, TK Lawrence & Dan Bowskill

Chewing up hip-hop, dub, techno, ska, punk and spitting them out in a renegade futuristic skank, they have consistently defied genres & exceeded the highest of expectations. To date, they have released five studio albums as well as contributed to numerous film soundtracks, including Blade II, Bad Company, and Mystery Men.

Make sure to be there!

Early Bird Tickets Here: http://bit.ly/1BawBsx

 

20th June – AXO’s Party With Shreyas, Nik, Unnayanaa, Shash & Chaz

Saturday, June 20th will be day two of our Opening Weekend. Immerse into a long evening of local Bangalore DJ’s playing dance music.

The launch party will be hosted by our resident DJ AXO. The party starts at 7PM.

5 talented local DJs namely Shreyas, Nik, Unnayanaa, Shash & Chaz covering all genres of Electronic Dance Music will be featured.

21st June – Kutle Khan

The Kutle Khan Project is Khan’s voyage into a world of music beyond boundaries; where he delves into his folk roots and draws from his musical experience and influence of collaborating with musicians from different cultures. What remains is a perfectly distilled blend of musical styles with a strong Rajasthan folk sensibility.The ensemble features Kutle Khan as singer, multi instrumentalist and artistic director, Champe Khan on the harmonium, vocals and sarangi, Dayam Khan on the Khartal, Gafur Khan playing the Bhapang and Morchang, Roshan Khan on the tabla and dholak, and an additional flute or saxophone element. Alternatively, the Kutle Khan Project performs with a Sufi dancer, Laxmi Sapera. The Project has widely toured within and outside India.

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08Jun

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai and Pune – June 9th – 14th, 2015

MUMBAI

June 9 – Early Set by Chetan and Chirag

A cover duo, they have performed and won various college events like Malhar, Kscope and Waves. They like to perform a variety of genres ranging from pop, soft rock and alternative. They enjoy making acoustic covers of pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Sia and Bruno Mars.

June 9 – Bar Nights Ft. DJ Leon Russell

The year 2011, saw the birth of a project waiting to happen, ‘Dazzle on Records’, which is the brainchild of Leon Russell. The label focuses on bringing to you the finest of electronic music as a whole. Dazzle on Records is like having everything under the sun. A newcomer in the world record label tree, Dazzle on Records sees the light of Eddy Good in its name, in their debut release ‘Eddy Good – Brain Games incl. Eddy Good & Leon Russell Remix’ which is followed by the second release ‘Ninesh Babu’s ¬ Lonely Streets incl. Steve Murrell Remix and G-Mohris Remix’ and the third by ‘Arnold From Mumbai (AFM)’s Glitchy Bitch incl. Vipul Remix’ and the fourth by “Antifish – Wonderland incl. Trapezform Remix’. Thus, a promising Indian label is on the rise!

June 10 – The Best in Comedy Store: Akvarious Productions presents INTERNAL AFFAIRS

When Sid starts a new job, he doesn’t expect that after-work drinks will lead to a drunken and clumsy one-night stand with his new workmate Rhea. But suddenly Sid and Rhea find themselves locked into a relationship neither wants. Hovering in the background are the ghosts and regrets of their romantic pasts. And in this day and age, with stressful workplaces, dysfunctional families, changing values and the shadows cast by sins from the past, what chance of survival does a normal relationship stand?

June 11 – Mixtape @ 5 ft. Indus Creed, Opening Act by Dark Circle Factory

Indus Creed is a rock group based in Mumbai, India. In its 2014 listing of “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years”, “Rolling Stone India” featured Pretty Child (The Second Coming, 1990) and Top of the Rock (Rock N Roll Renegade, 1988).

Dark Circle factory is the brain child of drummer and music producer Lindsay D’Mello. Apart from performing, the advent of technology and the need to write more music independently brought computers into focus. The mixture of computers, samples, software and live recordings at home and out is what gave birth to the Dark Circle Factory. The music is open to the listeners perception think what you want. Its musical influences though come from styles like Funk Hip Hop Drum n Bass Rock and Pop”. Urban music is what it really is, inspired by life travel and music. Collaborations and spontaneity = spontaneous combustion.

June 12 – Truly Madly Unsingle Nights

ANKYTRIXX stands unmatched in his takeover of the electronic dance music landscape of India, not only has he earned affection and love from his fans, he storms every dance floor with his signature music magic and fabulous stage persona.

Standing winner of the prestigious MyFav Awards for the #DJ of the Year (2013) and winner of the #No1 DJ in Electronica (2012, 2013) consecutively, (India’s biggest People’s Choice Awards Poll) for artists, Ankytrixx has gone up several notches in the International Dance Music scene and is one of the busiest DJs in Asia, with over 150 gigs annually for the last 5 years.

June 13 – The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store and blueFROG are delighted to present the Best in Stand-Up Comedy!

June 13 – UnCensored – Turn It Up ft. NERM, DJ SA

Nerm is a DJ, broadcaster & fixer in music and film. Born in Birmingham, as a child he edited together cut up cassette tapes to make his first “mixes”. At 16 he started DJing and made the leap from cassette to vinyl. His first residency was at the Ministry of Sound in Birmingham.

DJ SA was voted ‘India’s best Hip-Hop DJ’ at the inaugural Vh1 MyFavDJ Awards, DJ Sa has taken Hip-Hop music to a whole new level in India.

June 14 – “PHASE ANOMALY” by The Bodhisattwa Trio featuring Andrew Kay

“The Bodhisattwa Trio” is an Experimental Jazz Rock outfit which believes in the expression of unadulterated human feelings, in the form of sounds created from energy deep within the human soul. Drawing influences from musical ideas, musicians, feelings and experiences in their lives, the trio, with Bijit Bhattacharya on Bass and Premjit Dutta on Drums delivers a mix of original instrumental tunes as well as a few interpretations of pieces written by legends whose works have passed the trials of time to inspire generations of artists around the world.

Andrew Kay is a professional saxophonist and woodwind musician from Toronto, Canada. Having received his formal education in Contemporary Music/ Jazz Performance at the Humber Institute of Advanced Learning, under Mark Promane, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat LaBarbera, Andrew has performed all over Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and India in various different ensembles and settings; performing in a wide range of styles including; Modern & Contemporary Jazz, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Funk/R&B, Eastern European, World Music, and Indian Classical Music.

PUNE

June 9 – blueFROG BAR NIGHTS FT. DJ DEEP

With a mere experience of 6 years, Deep has climbed his way to the upper reaches of success in a rather enviable time. “My style usually varies from some delicious progressive to a bit of super groovy techno, a pinch of the commercial sounds for the Saturday night club goers, heading all the way into some power packed trance and psychedelic goodies”, adds this powerhouse of talent

June 10 – #WednesdayNightLive featuring Alif (Ethnic/Sufi) and Winit Tikoo

Alif is an “Ethnic Sufi” Rock band. Formerly known as Highway 61, with fusion Urdu / Kashmiri lyrics, the music resounds with contemporary references and an informed understanding of the two-faced times we live in.

Winit Tikoo is a Singer/Songwriter currently based in Mumbai, India. Born and brought up in Kashmir, a deep influence/reflection of the Sufi tradition of the region and the earthy, Urdu influenced poetry can easily be found in his music. Combined with latter musical influences of blues based Rock n Roll, Grunge and Alternative Rock, Winit Tikoo’s sound has developed into a unique amalgamation of these musical expressions with Hindi/Urdu as the poetic vehicle.

June 11 – DJ DEEP, DJ OMI

blueFROG resident DJ Deep churns out some bangin’ Commercial and RnB beats at the Bar Night! Plus check out some great deals on F&B!

June 12 – sLick! Showcase ft. JEHAN, Neyha Tolani, Mustafa

An evening of thrilling techno music brought to you by Jehan, Neyha and Mustafa!

June 13 – blueFROG Retro Nights featuring The Other People, DJ Sonu, and DJ Piyush Mehta

‘The Other People’ is a band from Bombay (India). They do not classify ourselves or come under any particular genre; They cover everything from Rock to Pop to Rock n’ Roll to Blues to Reggae and even some Retro!

Avneet Sawhney a.k.a. DJ Sonu showed a penchant for musicfrom a very young age. As one of the more well known faces in Pune’s DJ circuit, his style can be best described as Rock and Retro.

June 14 – Mixtape 5 Year Anniversary featuring Scribe, Bhayanak Maut, Noiseware

Scribe is goofy, heavy and love destroying things. And seriously, how many bands have genre named after them?

Bhayanak Maut has released 4 albums so far and enjoy nothing more than performing their material live!

Nothing can better describe the beautifully melodic yet punishingly heavy concoction that is Noiseware. Combining intricacy, technicality and groove with a visual experience unlike ever seen before, Noiseware is the vanguard of a new, young and thriving Indian Metal Landscape, constantly seeking to push the boundaries of possibility.

See ya’ at the FROG!

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02Jun

Gigs This Week: blueFROG Mumbai and Pune – June 2nd – 7th, 2015

MUMBAI

June 2 – Early Set By Carlton & the Saints

Carlton and the Saints would be performing an acoustic set of new unreleased songs which would be appearing in their 2nd album along with cover songs of bands like Maroon 5, Blues Traveller, Greenday  and  Coldplay.

June 2 – Bar Nights Ft. DJ Marshal

Head over to blueFROG on a Tuesday evening for our weekly ‘bar night’ that promises great deals on F&B, superb company and hip-shaking music!

June 3 – The Tripp

The Tripp has just the right mixture of a mellow Bluesy song set, as well as power packed rock blues set . Playing a mixture of originals and famous covers their set is complete with some sweet guitars solos, interesting rhythm play and some soothing, soulful yet powerful vocals . Their inspirations involve Foo Fighters,Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton,Buddy Guy,the late BB King, and John Mayer, among others.

June 3 – Priya (DJ Set)

A former night club programmer, Priya has added another dimension to her artistry that cover the spectrum of Deep Tech, Progressive House and Melodic Techno at some of the most prolific hot spots and electronic dance music nights that celebrate the underground. Billed with the Spartaque, India tour – Goa and recently opening for Blond:ish in Pune. She’s also regularly playing out Dj sets at China 1, Boveda, and was  part of the (A Day Of sLick) lineup, in recent news.

June 4 – Girls & Guitars

Geetu has been in the art business for several years and has been presenting art shows for several years. Her penchant for collaborations and her understanding of presenting artists in a specific context gave rise to the musical concept titled ‘Girls with Guitars’.

June 5 – Lucky Ali

The man with the golden voice and liquid eyes, Lucky Ali has created some of the most haunting anthems around. His song ‘O Sanam’ from the award-winning album ‘Sunoh’ still resonates with people as much for the soulful lyrics and tune, as for the lush music video shot in Egypt. 

June 6 – Madboy/Mink “EP LAUNCH”

Madboy/Mink are a Funk – Nu Disco duo based in Mumbai, India. Mashing up Dirty Electro and Funk with old school Harlem swing they use Live guitar + synthesizers + soulfully destroyed vocals and vocoders to play a mod – nu disco anti aesthetic

June 7 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Stretching languidly over 5 hours, the brunch is nothing short of a decadent. With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need several Sundays to savor everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices. The only brunch in town complete with live music and dancing. It is the perfect place to spend time;with your loved ones, over a variety of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga. The blueFROG Sunday brunch – a game the whole family can play!

June 7 – OPEN MIC NIGHT

A night of Highs and Lows – Your chance to become a comedy Rockstar. Your Chance to get on The Comedy Store stage and try your luck to become the next new comedy star.

PUNE

June 2 – blueFROG Bar Night ft. DJ Deep

Currently based in Pune, DJ Deep has played in clubs and gigs all across the nation in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and continues to wreak havoc on dance floors with the sole aim of playing and promoting electronic dance music with integrity and filled with colossal energy. Expect to hear a lot more and about Deep, this year and beyond.

June 3 – #WednesdayNightLive Ft. G2 LIVE

Some of the finest musicians in the country have represented G2 live in its various forms:

Koco (Agni), Vijay Joshi (Strangers, RLA) Milind Date Aviv Pereira (Split) S Jayant (Uncle crow, Shankara, smokestack), Sonu Sangameshwaran & Dilip (MPD) Randhir Dange (Trees on Fire, Swastika, Livewire) Vinay Rao (Blackwings, Agney Chikte, (TAAL inc, Jaagar) Shonith Sunderajan (Trees on Fire, moons beans) Jackie panicker (Strange brew, Funky Kurtas) Prasanna Chitnis (GIT grad)

June 4 – Retro Night ft. DJ Deep

DJ Deep has shared the stage with some of the world’s best acts including legends like Ronski Speed, Pete Gooding, Norman Doray, Robert Babicz, John 00 Fleming, Sied Van Riel, Ahmet Sendil, Super8 & Tab to more new age stars and psy gurus like Ananda Shake, Perfect Stranger, X-Noize, Pixel, Freaked Frequency, Slater, Sirius Isness, Gordon Edge & Filthy Rich to name a few. Apart from that he’s played alongside some of the top Indian DJs including jalebee Cartel, Pearl, Nikhil Chinapa, Bandish Projekt, Ivan, Ryan Beck, Sanjay Dutta, Ma Faiza, Nawed, Tatva Kundalini, B.L.O.T, Brute Force & Inferno amongst others.

June 5 – Groove Earth Presents Back in the Groove Oozeundat b2b Qwiver

Recently signed on to Maktub Music, Oozeundat’s debut EP – Bitch to Quit is out now and is making waves, even as they take their personalised brand of techno to club gigs around the country.

June 7 – Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids

Come on over to the FROG for some great music, miniFROG activities, a sinful spread and a spirited bar! 

June 7 – DJ Deep

With a mere experience of 6 years, Deep has climbed his way to the upper reaches of success in a rather enviable time. “My style usually varies from some delicious progressive to a bit of super groovy techno, a pinch of the commercial sounds for the Saturday night club goers, heading all the way into some power packed trance and psychedelic goodies”, adds this powerhouse of talent.

See ya’ at the FROG!

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07Aug

PINTS UP FOLKS, BEER DAY IS HERE!

Way before time immemorial (okay not quite literally) beer united people across the globe (that part is true). To this day, we typically grab a pint to celebrate our life (or drown our sorrows)! And now, the time has come….Raise your pint folks for t’is be the day of your favorite frosty beverage.

This 7th August, blueFROG celebrates the International Beer Day.

The good news is – this falls on a Friday…

The boozier part – we’ve brewed something amazing for you guys.

So if you count yourself among the beer-heads, then definitely come knock back a few with us. We’ve got Darlyn Vlys to amp up your night and some amazing surprises flowing your way. What’s the surprise, you ask….Let’s just say, you’ll have to drop by to find out.

It’s going to be a brew-talli killer night! Gather up your gang and get your chug-iest game on at the FROG tonight. Cheers!


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23Jul

FROG QUARTERS flowing in all night!

Gandalf doesn’t want you to miss out on the FROG QUARTERS….For even the very wise know how PRECIOUSSS those are!

So what’s the fuss about them? First off, they come in a cute invitation bottle – Perfect, an invite from alcohol…hard to turn this one down!

Just take your pick on your favorite spirit, and call it in this 180 ml FROG QUARTER bottle with mixers FREE. Rest assured, you don’t have to pay a bomb to get your hands on this one. They’re up for grabs just for tonight at a slashed rate of Rs. 500 + taxes.

And to satiate your music cravings, we’ve got Coshish and Sparsh taking to stage at the FROG tonight. So wind up your work, head to the FROG and just shout out for your FROG QUARTER!

 

 

 

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28May

ALT-J and The Perils of Email Interviews

Drummer Thom Green, vocalist Joe Newman and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J. Photo: Gabriel Green.

An email interview is often the last resort of the music journalist. It’s the only option when a famous international act is coming to town, and they’re too busy to give an interview over the phone. The risk with agreeing to an email interview with a famous international act is that you are never sure if it’s really the musician who is answering the questions or an assistant who is either typing out responses on their behalf or simply copying and pasting from a bank of standard replies.

The best you can do is get an assurance from the person handling public relations for the tour that the musician or, in the case of a group, a member of the band will actually be sending their answers. And so it went with British alternative rock band Alt-J, which is scheduled to perform in Mumbai this weekend, as part of music television channel Vh1’s Emerge series of concerts. Alt-J has been touring Australia, so we could only score an email ‘interaction’, as we love to call these things in our country.

We get that sometimes the copy-paste route is the only way a musician can give interviews without wanting to shoot himself for having to respond to the same question for the thousandth time. In the case of Alt-J, this would typically be stuff like: How did you get your name? How are you managing without bassist Gwil Sainsbury?

We should also point out that we’re not completely against the idea of email interviews. We’ve in fact received plenty of interesting replies from a number of musicians, who have also been happy to send clarifications and additional details to their first set of responses. But these tend to be artists in the early stages of their careers or lesser-known acts who are enthusiastic enough to engage in a conversation on their craft.

It’s rare to receive this kind of missive from an established, chart-topping group and the most you’re hoping to get from them is one-line that have indeed been written by them. In the case of Alt-J, we were told that keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton would be the band member sharing his thoughts with us. Having received his answers we’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but we do wonder how much effort he took.

Sadly for us, despite our best efforts – we tried, dear reader, we really tried to ask them stuff they haven’t been asked before – Unger-Hamilton appears to have been in a rush when he replied. Sample this exchange:

The Daily Pao: Your music draws on sounds from around the globe, but how much of an influence or inspiration are Leeds or Cambridge in the way the band writes songs? (The band formed in Leeds and then moved to Cambridge.)

Alt-J: “Song writing tends to start with Joe. He’s responsible for all the lyrics and most of the idea kernels for the songs. Then we work as a group to finish the writing. It’s nice to reference earlier work and give your albums a sense of continuity if possible. So far there haven’t been too many creative clashes, but if they do happen it’s best to remember that we’ve never been unhappy with a finished, recorded track, so whatever direction the majority wants to move in has always proved to be a good one. It’s very useful to have a bedrock of friendship on which to build your creative and professional relationship. We will always be friends first and bandmates second.”

If we were sitting face to face with the keyboardist, we might have said to him, “I think you misunderstood me, Gus. My question was about Leeds and Cambridge and whether the places have had any influence on the way Alt-J writes songs, not about the songwriting process in general or creative clashes.” Thousands of miles away however, Unger-Hamilton could get away with replying with the same sentences he sent off to HT Café, which in all probability did ask him about Alt-J’s songwriting process (we can only presume this as theirs is a run-on interview, see photo).

We asked if they bonded over any books and films when they first met, and got this: “We all come from different musical backgrounds – classical, folk, metal, Americana…but once we got together at university it felt natural to make music together. There was an unspoken chemistry.” Again, it would seem that good ol’ Gus didn’t read our email carefully. To be honest, we weren’t expecting much of a reply because Alt-J has yet to name-check even a single act as an influence. We thought we’d take a shot by inquiring about different mediums, but no such luck.

But that isn’t the worst of it. That second sentence is exactly what Unger-Hamilton wrote to our counterparts at HT Café, presumably with regard to how they got together. To be fair to him, he – we’re still going to be optimistic and presume it was him – did answer a couple of questions just for us. Visiting Australia is the experience he considers closest to touring India when we asked him which country had fans most similar to those in India. “It was the furthest we’d ever been from home and we didn’t know we were popular there. I don’t know which country’s fans are like India’s but we like them!”

On whether they’ve written any material while on their ongoing tour, he said: “It’s hard for us to write on the road. I don’t think travel particularly influences us. Our songs tend to come mostly from the imagination.” And perhaps the most enlightening – pun fully intended – answer he gave us, was regarding whether, since the band is made up of art students, they are closely involved in the light and set design of their gigs. “We do have a good relationship with Jeremy Lechterman, our lighting designer. He understands the sort of lighting we want (e.g. mostly being lit from behind or from the side) so we tend to leave him to it when it comes to designing. We’ve always been happy with the results!”*

*Update: Turns out even this was a recycled reply.

Among the couple of questions he ignored was one about the pre-conceived notions he had with respect to India that were confirmed as well as proven wrong during their last trip here in February. Ironically, the notion that email interviews are a losing proposition is one that he’s helped reinforce. Of course this doesn’t mean that when Alt-J performs here, we won’t be up front singing the wrong lyrics to their tracks (because who really knows what the vocalist is saying anyway?). They’re not the best interviewees and peeking at, and then leaking their iPod playlists or Netflix history – to finally show us who they’re influenced by – would be a feat worthy of Edward Snowden. Yet that doesn’t take away from our belief that they’re among the most exciting bands active right now. They just happen to be way better at writing songs than emails.

Alt-J will headline Vh1’s Emerge music festival, which will take place in Mumbai from 7pm on Friday, May 22 at Richardson and Cruddas, Sir J. J. Road, Byculla. Get directions here. Tickets, priced at Rs1,800 and Rs3,000 per head, are being sold on Meraevents.com.

Source: http://www.thedailypao.com/alt-j-and-the-perils-of-email-interviews/

 

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