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Shuffle Demons
Canada's iconic, high energy, award winning jazz funksters, the Shuffle Demons are a band that blends virtuosic jazz, funk, RnB, Rap, Hip Hop, Reggae, World music, avant-garde and more with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics. A hit at festivals all over the world from Bangkok to Berlin, the Shuffle Demons will be touring India from November 26 - December 1, 2014 to promote their critically acclaimed, most recent CD 'Clusterfunk'.

"Even as barriers between musical genres dissolve before our ears, few dare mess with funk. Canada's Shuffle Demons shrugged and spurned the commandment about slippery electric guitar and chunky keyboards being compulsory. Instead, they chopped funk back to its bass'n'drums bones, overlaid it with three saxes and added five-part vocals from everyone involved. Their music is no less funky; just more open. Here they burn up 12 originals, sometimes going instrumental and jazzy, but mostly reminding us that the funk begins with "fun", and sticking to the part of the formula that stipulates dangerous grooves, wailing horns and insistent vocals."
John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald

Featuring three of Canada's most respected saxophonists (Richard Underhill, Perry White and Ryan Oliver), a crazy dancing drummer (Stich Wynston) and a killer upright and electric bass player (George Koller), the Shuffle Demons play an electrifying musical fusion that draws equally from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys.  

"Often compared to Tower of Power, The Shuffle Demons really have a sound of their own..."
Jack Goodstein - Blog Critics Music

"Focus on the music: As caricaturish as the Demons can seem, their music stands on its own merits. The oversized, viscerally appealing rhythms, the smart and tightly executed horn arrangements and passionate improvisatory flights combine for a mighty wallop. Instrumental tunes such as bassist George Koller’s breakneck swinger Way After Midnight, drummer Wynston’s reggae blast Strollin’ and especially tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson’s On The Runway would boost anyone’s jazz cred."
Peter Hum - The Ottawa Citizen

The band has toured extensively in Europe, and around the world and released their latest CD Clusterfunk to rave reviews.  Their performance at the Iridium in New York City will come on the heels of a two week tour of India where they will be featured headliners at the Goa International Jazz Festival as well as the Congo Square Jazz Festival in Kolkata, so get ready to move and groove and hear some great music.

"Not only is the band popular in The Great White North and the upper U.S. festival circuit but has earned awards and acclaim far and wide. Mssrs. Underhill, White, Jefferson, Koller, & Wynston are doing something quite unique in covering myriad musical bases."
Mark S Tucker - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Recent tours have included music festivals across Canada, the Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Japans biggest and best jazz festival), on the Barenaked Ladies Ships & Dips Cruise, the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music, the Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea, the Zacatecas Cultural Festival in Mexico, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Jazz in the Vines Festival in Australia, the Tauranga Arts Festival in New Zealand, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba and many more.

"There are those rare occasions when the job of the critic and the joy of the music come together and make musical multi-tasking a thing of beauty. Welcome Shuffle Demons!...Long story short...These cats can play!"
Joe Kaplowitz - Critical Jazz

Viraajb (drunkytime)
Viraaj works as Creative Director at Creativeland Asia. He's won numerous awards in advertising & design. He does voiceovers in his free time and is also the man behind www.drunkytime.com. A self-proclaimed 'music whore', he loves his 90s, rock & hip hop. After slamming the FLUX 90s party at Bonobo and then starting riots at Mixtaped! at The Den, he brought his crazy to blue FROG. And now, he's coming to do it again. 

Ragasthan, unique yet somewhat mercurial is Asia’s only DESERT CAMPING festival rooted in the expansive DUNES of the THAR desert in JAISALMER, RAJASTHAN. Eclectic MUSIC, CULTURE, TRADTION, COLLECTIVE PARTICIPATION AND SHARED EXPERIENCES make for the focal point of the festival bringing together life enthusiasts from the remotest corners of India to those spread across the world. 

Funk Jazz
Shuffle Demons (Canada). Ragasthan Pre-Party
27 Thu
A fantastic homage to Elvis by Gary Lawyer and the band. The show covers the magic of Elvis' songs right from his first universal hit Heartbreak Hotel to his last American trilogy encompassing every genre from early Rock and Roll, to blues to country to folk etc. The show has been staged very successfully at major concert halls such as the Tata Theatre NCPA, Ishanya Amphitheatre, St. Andrews, etc to rave audiences. The band comprises of Christopher Fonceca (lead guitar), Leo Mathew (keyboards), Jeson Filipe (Keyboards), Ryan Fernandes (Bass) Cassie Fernandes (Drums), Gary Lawyer(vocals).
Tribute to Elvis Presley by Gary Lawyer
28 Fri
"MR RIGHT" is Deepesh's (Designer Hippies) Solo Project which is a Deep House / Techno / Progressive Psy Set. It has already taken India by storm. He has played at the most happening clubs all over. His Quality of SOUND will set the mood RIGHT!

Designer Hippies are Romeo and his brother Deepesh Sharma. The artists are currently exploding on the global scene their names on the tips of the dance floor’s tongue. They are conquering new party destinations at every turn of the page, setting up base camps of fans the world over. 

On the commercial front in the past The Designer Hippies have also remixed all the tracks of the movie ‘HEROES’ and the legendary Hit track ‘mast mast nain’ from ‘DABANGG’, which also earned them the “Rashtriya Rajiv Gandhi Achievers Award” for the Best Bollywood Remix in December of 2010
Mr. Right
29 Sat

Goldspot have released a new album, Aerogramme. Produced by singer/songwriter Siddhartha Khosla and Beach Boys’ engineer Jeff Peters and mixed by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Weezer), Aerogramme marks the outfit’s third full-length release.

The record, Tally Of The Yes Men, was almost instantly championed by a handful of tastemakers with no ulterior motives aside from introducing its palpable goodness to a waiting world. Before they knew it, kind words followed suit in such publications as Q, The Sunday Times (UK), The Guardian (also, UK, where an alternate version of the record was made which included A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood Orchestra), NPR (here) and much more. In fact, the album’s single “It’s Getting Old,” was the second most downloaded iTunes single of the week ever, the album made several Top 10 of 2007 lists and Goldspot went on to share stages with the likes of Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab For Cutie, and Bjork. 

The second recording, And The Elephant Is Dancing, garnered similar acclaim, the LOS ANGELES TIMES offering, “A classic and timeless gem. It’s as if George Harrison never left India,” and NPR’s TELL ME MORE describing "An inventive sound and independent vision." The album also commanded a sizable portfolio of TV and film placements, including love from the hit U.S television series, How I Met Your Mother, NBC series, Perfect Couples, and a trailer for the 2011 film The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Connelly, among other spots. 

Aerogramme marks a turning point in the Goldspot canon, indeed offering more of Khosla’s inspired and embraceable songwriting, but a more personal narrative emerges as the author looks back on his own family history and his parents’ immigrant experience. 

Although 4 songs into Aerogramme’s track listing, “New Haven Green” is a suitable springboard for Khosla’s revisitation- “Tell me the story again,” is the refrain and it’s about his family’s arrival onto these shores - his parents, poor and displaced, hoping, working towards a new and full life in America. But, prosperity would come slowly as the difficulty of making a living would force the young couple to send their toddler son back to India where he would spend the remainder of his early childhood while his parents created a proper path for him. 

“Abyss,” sets Aerogramme’s tone with a hypnotic ramble and beautiful melody, beckoning us, “Back to the start,” while “The Border Line,” whose iTunes link is featured in the same EW post, captures the album’s essence evoking that feeling we all share, immigrants and natives alike, of being somewhere new, out of our element, and not really knowing where or how we fit in: “The tide brought me here/I called it home/a place I’ve never known/It seems I’m caught between the moving plates beneath my feet…” 

“If the Hudson Overflows,” recently featured on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother as part of the band’s effort to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and brings Khosla’s current life in New York City into focus. 

The narrative comes across eloquently, which is as much a testimony to Khosla’s musical history as it is to his inspiration for this album. As informed by old Bollywood singers (Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi) as he was by the likes of The Smiths, The Cure, The Beatles and Paul Simon, and other Western influences, his songs now embody a cross-cultural appeal. 
An Afternoon with Goldspot!
The Other People
With eight years of professional performances under their belt, 'The Other People' is India's pop/rock sensation. Playing a varied range of popular covers, this six-member band has been making waves at clubs, concerts and private events across the country. Currently, they are also taking steps to write and compose original music. The band is known for its energetic and exciting performances!

The Other People were formed in July 2004. Familiar in and around the club circuit, they have played at celebrated venues such as The blueFROG and Hard Rock Café, Opus, Amadeus, Shiro, V Spot Cafe, etc.

DJ Russel
With nearly two decades in the field of music, DJ Russel can leverage his experience to read a crowd. Every night with DJ Russel is one of surprises, innovativeness, and pure music. 

Having kept up with the changing circuit, his skills extend from Retro to Rock, Hip-Hop to House, Bollywood and beyond. His style of playing is matchless. Be it rock or retro, if it’s the rare stuff you want to hear, you’ll hear it from his console. His hip-hop tunes cause dancers to play a game of 'move and sway with me. His house music spins stories right before your eyes. No matter the genre, his tunes keep you coming back for more
Retro Night: The Other People & DJ Russel
30 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, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices.

Artist Performing: TBA
Sunday Brunch + miniFROG with fun activities for kids
Middle Mode (Serbia, Tesseract Studio)
Middle Mode is a project created by two young DJs, Jovan Tot and Ivan Jovicic, who have collaborated from the start of their careers. They have used their many years on stage to create a unique psytrance sound. Middle Mode's music is filled with spirituality, strength and depth and it will bring you to a higher state of consciousness and a deeper connection with yourself. Jovan and Ivan have worked on their music production since 2004 and finally released their first track, Age of Change in 2010. for They describe themselves as a pure psytrance duo, and have created a refreshing new sound! Today, Middle Mode has releases for IONO Music, BMSS Rec, Ultimae, Digital Natute Rec, Digital Om Productions, Yellow Sunshine Explosion Rec and Tesseract Studio Rec and many others. They are also working with names E-Clip, Realitv, Egorythima, Zyce, Nerso, SIdeform, Sonic Entity, Lyctum.

Triptone (India, Digital Om Productions)
The dynamic Amitabh Swetta has been grooving from one music festival to another, following some of the world’s finest DJs and experiencing first hand, the energy and madness of a live act, for many years.

Caught amidst all these melodies and tempos, he decided that it was time that he created a similar experience for his friends back home, in Mumbai. Although he has been passionate about music for so many years, it has only been over the past year that this self-taught DJ, now also known and steadily becoming popular as TRIPTONE, has started making a niche for himself in the music world. He plays the sounds of the psychedelic edge. Recently, he has also been spinning out some “chill-out” music to sit back and enjoy the sunset with.

Because he enjoys music from Beethoven and Mozart to Ravishankar, Metallica, Xerox and Illumination, to U2, sting and Kasabian, TRIPTONE is now gradually experimenting with mixing various genres of music into his preferred playing style to create rhythms and sounds that are more authentically his.TRIPTONE began with small underground parties and is now spreading his love and experience with music to a wider audience. 
Digital Om Night feat. Middle Mode (Serbia), Starlab & Triptone (India)
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