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September 2014

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Kanan Gill
Kanan Gill is the tip of an iceberg, where the rest of the iceberg is a confused Punjabi under water. He is a writer, musician, stand up comedian, software engineer, fitness enthusiast and slightly creepy man. He exploded onto the stand up comedy scene by winning the Punch Line Bangalore competition, going straight on to win the open mic at The Comedy Store in Bombay and is consequently stumbling onto big stages all over the place armed with his weird take on life and his weirder sense of humour. You can catch him doing his thing and keeping audiences in splits or hiding in trees, writing stories.

Jaideep Singh Juneja
Jaideep Singh Juneja aka JD is the funniest sardar since Manmohan Singh. His parents wanted him to be an astronaut when he grew up so that he can go to outer space and find his real parents. Sadly he never grew up!

Dhruv Deshpande
Hot, sexy, entertainer, liar - Dhruv Deshpande introduces himself as just another guy who thinks he's funny.
08:00PM-09:00PM
Comedy
Best In Stand-Up Comedy: Kanan Gill, Jaideep Singh, Dhruv Deshpande
The blueFROG Bar Night is an evening devoted to the blueFROG community. Regulars as well as newcomers can come over every Tuesday for a night of mingling, bonding and chilling out. Make it your weekly hangout zone where people become familiar, prices are great and the music is always upbeat and recognisable.

We start the night with a hilarious Stand-Up comedy routine and then move into some groovy tunes.

There are great deals on F&B including quarters all night (starting at Rs. 500 plus taxes), beer buckets (starting at Rs. 650 plus taxes) and cocktail pitchers (Rs. 1500 plus taxes) plus wine at retail prices (i.e. same as wine shop prices). Also check out our range of Craft Beers from Gateway Breweries.

In music we're going old school and commercial with popular cover band Jukebox. So come on down to the blueFROG Bar Night. Make it YOUR night! 
09:00PM-12:30AM
Retro
The blueFROG Bar Night
03 Wed
Vipul Goyal is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. Fresh out of college, he worked as a retail analyst in Adventity Inc. for 6 months, but soon realised that his heart was in H.R. where HR stands for HUMOUR Resources. He mixed Laughs and Entrepreneurship and founded the most Unique HR firm "Humorously Yours" which has since pioneered Stand Up Comedy and Entertainment Shows. Given his originality and clean witty content, within a very short span of time he has entertained audiences at all the major public platforms ranging from college festivals to their alumni meets to corporate summits. As he humorously puts it, he has the distinction of being the only stand up comic in India who performs in 4 different languages, English, Hindi, Java and C++.

Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri is a 40+ guy, we're talking about his age not IQ. A Mumbai based businessman who got up late in life and decided to do stand-up comedy so that he could tick it off his own personal bucket list. An Indian Computer Engineer and a British management scholar who always orders soup one by two even when he is eating alone. He is from a decent double income, two kids and strictly no sex Sindhi family. In his spare time he loves to dig his nose for gold hoping that one day a solitaire will emerge which he can eventually gift it to his wife. 

Nick Pillow
Yes you read that name correctly. Nick hails from a small inconsequential island off the south coast of England, and has been working in Mumbai since last year as a theatre teacher in an international school. He has realised that the main role of the British in India these days is to be laughed at, so he became a stand-up comedian.
08:30PM-10:00PM
Comedy
THE BEST IN STAND-UP COMEDY: Vipul Goyal, Atul Khatri, Nick Pillow
Sidd Coutto is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is and has been a part of several bands over the past decade and a half, from Zero and Helga's Fun Castle to Tough on Tobacco, Punk Ass Orifus, ViceVersa, Ankur and The Ghalat Family and Vir Das' Alien Chutney. In 2011 Sidd released his first solo album, Sunny Side Up, a collection of mainly stripped bare acoustic introspective pop.

Heather Andrews is a Mumbai based Singer-Songwriter from London. She started out as a sound engineer in the University of Surrey and was working as an assistant sound engineer in Sphere Studios, writing and singing when she started recording her songs. She met Grammy winning Producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey) while there and was invited over to San Fransisco to record at his Tarpan Studios. 

In 2013 she wrote the score music for 'The Rubicon' film which released in 2014 and then moved to Mumbai. She is collaborating with Indian songwriters and performing solo in Mumbai. 

Clayton Hogermeer's band Jukebox has been a staple of the blueFROG Bar Nights every Tuesday rousing the hoards onto the dance floor with their lively old school covers. As a solo musician, Clayton draws influences from the '80 and the '90s and is inspired by artists such as Dylan and Mumford and Sons. His sets are a mix of folksy originals and popular covers. A favourite with the blueFROG crowd, one can often see him wandering around outside the club before a gig, with his guitar, serenading people and drawing them in.
10:00PM-12:30AM
Singer-songwriterAcoustic
Singer Songwriter Night feat. Clayton, Heather Andrews & Sidd Coutto
04 Thu
Rohan Joshi
Rohan Joshi is a stand-up comedian, writer, columnist, and occasional screenwriter. He used to be a full-time journalist, and it was this strong background in the highest form of Indian comedy that there is, that inspired him to quit, and pursue comedy full-time. From opening for Vir Das to performing at the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh in 2011, Rohan has spent the last few years performing around India, and indeed, around the world. When he's not doing stand-up at comedy-clubs or for corporate clients, he's a member of Weirdass Comedy, India's first and foremost comedy consultancy, and improv troupe, the Cardinal Bengans. He is also a humour-columnist for the Mid-Day, one of Mumbai's largest tabloids. As a stand-up comedian, Rohan's material is political, observational, and adult in its sensibilities. Note however that "adult" does not always mean mature. Rohan resents the suggestion that he might in fact be mature. TIME Magazine put Rohan at #1 on their 100 Most Influential People Who Might Lie About TIME Magazine Statistics List, and Newsweek calls Rohan “Huh? Who?”

Karunesh Talwar
Karunesh Talwar is a young comic and writer who made his way into the local comedy scene by winning several open mic competitions, including the Comedy Store's RAW. When not doing stand-up, he can be found doing other things. Also, he's 1/7 billionth the population of the world. 

Daniel Fernandes
Daniel Fernandes bid adieu to a career in advertising and took to stand up comedy last year. His material is based on his experiences with travel, 69 failed relationships and his favourite Indian community amongst other things. He feels pretty much anything he has to face in life has comic potential so why not just laugh it off and pretend it never happened?   

Spud in the Box
Spud in the Box is a six piece Alternative Pop-Rock band formed in March 2011 in Mumbai.

It involves the musical energies Zubin Bhathena on bass, Rohan Rajadhakshya on vocals and keyboards, Ankit Dayal on vocals and guitar, Joshua Singh on drums and Hartej Sawhney and Siddharth Talwar on guitars. 

Concentrating on writing fresh original songs and creating a live show that exhilarates every single person in the audience is the general motto of the band. This has garnered them a large fan base over the last 2 years in Mumbai, along with many in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, and Pune as well. They have opened for some of the biggest acts in India like Indus Creed, Junkyard Groove and Raghu Dixit and have also opened for international artist, Norah Jones (at A Summer's Day in Mumbai). 

Groove Gully
Groove Gully is a mix of talented musicians. Formed in November 2012, they started out as a four piece band called FourPlay. Their line-up however changed in September 2013. Zian Alphonso on lead vocals [female], Tizaan Alphonso on keys and lead vocals [male], Vidit Tanwar on lead guitar, Keith Donald on bass and Rahul Iyer on drums and percussions.

The lead singers Zian and Tizaan have placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the all-India CBS PRIME IDOL CONTEST 2012, which was aimed at promoting fresh talent from all over the country.

Having played at diverse venues like blueFROG, Out of the Blue, Three Wise Monkeys, The Little Door, The Local and and a couple of church fêtes, on 13th August 2013 they launched their album "Take A Chance", at blueFROG and have signed with record label, Crescendo Music and marketed by Universal Music.

As a band they constantly evolve songs and adapt it to their own style adding elements of jazz, blues, funk, pop and rock. They also like exploring different styles of music, using different influences from varying genres and creating original compositions while staying true to their musical creativity. 
09:30PM-12:30AM
Comedy
World For All Animals: Chuckles For Charity Fundraiser feat. Rohan Joshi, Karunesh Tarwar and Daniel Fernandes + Groove Gully & Spud In the Box
05 Fri
Anish Sood is part of a new generation of path breaking DJs and producers who have taken the Indian dance music industry by storm. With releases on respectable labels around the world and a calendar that rivals many veterans, Anish’s relentless, hardworking attitude has seen his career take a big leap.

Anish has received accolades beyond his years. His debut EP ‘Wanna Be Your Only Love’ was aired on Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance and a music video for the same was released nationwide on Vh1, Indian television's one-stop-shop for alternative music. 

Anish has been one of the busiest DJs in the country, playing over 70 gigs a year, selling out the biggest clubs and festivals including Sunburn, NH7 Weekender and Invasion Festival. His ability to understand dance floors, moods, trends and audiences ensures that he’s just as comfortable playing to arena-sized crowds as well as intimate nightclubs. He’s also performed alongside some of the biggest names in dance music including David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Fedde Le Grand to name a few.

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.
10:30PM-01:00AM
Progressive House House
Anish Sood Live
06 Sat
blueFROG Bombay's Saturday Brunch is the perfect way to kick off your weekend. There's a wide barbecue selection from the wood-fired grill, craft beers from Gateway Breweries and signature cocktails plus some chilled out tunes. 

This is YOUR time. So put on those Hawaiian shirts, floaters, sun dresses, leave the kids with grandma and let your hair down!
12:00PM-04:30PM
Food
The blueFROG Saturday brunch.
Aadar Malik is an actor (lead in Indo-Canadian film "Under the Same Sun", released at various International Film Festivals across the world). He began performing stand-up comedy after portraying the character of a comic for his play, "Papier Mâché Petals"(thespo12 festival). Being a musician, writer, singer, he enjoys mixing music with his comedy. He hates pick-up lines, he prefers impressing women with his guitar.

Varun Thakur is an Actor and Comedian. Being a struggling actor from Bombay he's rejected on a daily basis by casting directors and rickshawaalas. His last film was 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and he would like to clarify that Katrina and he are just "good friends". He's the Co-Founder of the Comedy troupe 'Schitzengiggles', one of India's premier Improv groups and creators of the Filmfail Awards on Zee cafe.

He's hugely popular on the corporate circuit with shows for a variety of brands like Star TV, SET Max, Top Gear, Radio Mirchi, Times of India , Titan to name a few. This fact is based on a survey he conducted and participated in. Alone. In his comedy special he becomes the audience's guide to Bombay, the city he loves to hate and laments about the life of a struggling actor without a producer uncle. With a good mix of personal stories, observational humour, impersonations and bad bio writing skills he's an act you shouldn't miss. He's also available for children's parties (if you want see them grow up really soon)!

Vikramjit Singh used to be a nice guy. Then he became angry, and when he couldn't get any angrier, he became funny. Rich people and the proverbial 'nice' people get his angst going, as does India's obsession with gyms and food. He calls his humour 'rib-tickling', and he loves an audience that has the stomach for it.
08:30PM-10:00PM
Comedy
THE BEST IN STAND-UP COMEDY: Aadar Malik, Varun Thakur, Vikramjit Singh
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 NH7 Weekender, Pune to rave reviews. 

Further appearances at the NH7 Shakedown parties as well as his own signature night "Fresh" saw him digging into his roots to get Hip Hop the attention it deserves. He has opened for the likes of Akon, Charmillionaire, Kardinal Ofishall, Sean Kingston, Snoop Dogg (Lion), MIMS and DJ Green Lantern resulting in collaborations with Universal Music to promote all their hip hop albums across India in the past. 

More recently he opened for "DJ Mick" at VH1's signature event "Hip Hop Hustle" as well as provided support to bass music kingpin "Flux Pavilion" further cementing his status as a key player in Indian club culture.
10:00PM-01:30AM
Hip/Hop
DJ SA - UnCensored
07 Sun
Stretching languidly over 5 hours, the brunch is nothing short of decadent. With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need many Sundays to sample everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, sparkling wine cocktails, martinis, beer, wine and fruit juices.

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!

Artist Performing: Shona Dias
11:30AM-05:00PM
Food
Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids
The Songbound Children's Choir first came to the blueFROG stage in March 2013, where they performed via live streaming with a choir from the Jesus College, Cambridge in the UK. It was a truly moving performance and we were certain we wanted to continue to support this wonderful initiative with more such performances. 

Songbound
Founded in 2011, Songbound is a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to some of India’s most disadvantaged children. Through partnerships with Indian NGOs Songbound provides weekly rehearsals and singing lessons to prepare the youngsters for workshops and performances alongside leading musicians and ensembles from across the globe such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, virtuoso violinist Veronika Eberle and the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge. 

Through setting up and sustaining choirs in India’s many slum communities, Songbound provides these children with the weekly opportunity to enjoy group singing in a safe environment as they prepare for collaborative events throughout the year with schools, choirs and other musicians worldwide. 

Songbound celebrates the diversity of musical traditions amongst its choir leaders who receive specialist training in choral direction from professional musicians. Songbound runs several choirs in various slum areas of Mumbai. Since starting to sing, the children have shown significant signs of development in confidence, focus in learning and diminishing aggression.

Songbound’s mission is to give India’s most impoverished children the regular opportunity to achieve their full potential through choir singing of the highest quality and creating close links with other musicians worldwide. 
06:30PM-07:30PM
SoulFusion
Songbound NGO Children's Choir
Free entry
Vipul Goyal is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. Fresh out of college, he worked as a retail analyst in Adventity Inc. for 6 months, but soon realised that his heart was in H.R. where HR stands for HUMOUR Resources. He mixed Laughs and Entrepreneurship and founded the most Unique HR firm "Humorously Yours" which has since pioneered Stand Up Comedy and Entertainment Shows. Given his originality and clean witty content, within a very short span of time he has entertained audiences at all the major public platforms ranging from college festivals to their alumni meets to corporate summits. As he humorously puts it, he has the distinction of being the only stand up comic in India who performs in 4 different languages, English, Hindi, Java and C++.

Aadar Malik is an actor (lead in Indo-Canadian film "Under the Same Sun", released at various International Film Festivals across the world). He began performing stand-up comedy after portraying the character of a comic for his play, "Papier Mâché Petals" (thespo12 festival). Being a musician, writer, singer, he enjoys mixing music with his comedy. He hates pick-up lines, he prefers impressing women with his guitar.

Vikramjit Singh used to be a nice guy. Then he became angry, and when he couldn’t get any angrier, he became funny. Rich people and the proverbial 'nice' people get his angst going, as does India’s obsession with gyms and food. He calls his humour 'rib-tickling', and loves an audience that has the stomach for it.
08:30PM-10:00PM
Comedy
THE BEST IN STAND-UP COMEDY: Vipul Goyal, Aadar Malik, Vikramjit Singh.
LOUD are one of the hottest and most interesting groups in the world trance scene today. Kobi Toledano and Eitan Reiter have been producing high quality and original electronic music together since 2006, blending old school roots with cutting-edge fresh new sounds. Refusing to adhere to fashions and formulas they have been paving their own road in the world of electronic music with their own special musical say. 

So far the duo have released 4 studio albums (Some Kind of Creativity - 2006, Abstract - 2008, Free from Conceptual Thoughts - 2012 and No More X - 2012); a Remix album of a selection of their tracks remixed by the worlds top psytrance producers - 2011); a compilation - Private Lesson -2007); and many EPs and compilation tracks with almost every respected psytrance label out there. They have released their last two albums, and are currently signed with the leading English/South African based label, Nano Records.

LOUD also enjoy the respect of other leading musicians and producers and lately have collaborated and remixed and have been remixed by leading artists such as: Union Jack, Hallucinogen, Son Kite, Astrix, Perfect Stranger, Shulman, Prometheus, Ace Ventura, Domestic, Shulman , and others.

Play it LOUD!

Also on the decks:

ASAD FREEAATMAH (Foot Stompin Recs, India)

True to his DJ name, Asad is a free-spirited soul who also likes to call himself the peaceful watcher, He wears "calm" around his shoulders and can be counted on to bring order to the chaos. recognised as one of India's finest and most-loved artists, he has paved the way for the inception of a new whole industry with his persistence and paasion. 

ANANTHA SHAKTI (Foot Stompin Recs, India)

This is a fresh and new project by Asad and Shikha. They have been inspired by the fresh morning sounds from all over the world. This will be their debut gig.
10:00PM-01:00AM
Psytrance
Dream Bubble Promo Party with LOUD (Nano Records)
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