Mahindra Blues Festival 2014 Lineup Announcement
The fourth edition of the two-day festival brings the Tedeschi Trucks Band to India for the first time. Plus Shillong blues band Soulmate launch their new album at the fest
Among the first bands confirmed to play at the Mahindra Blues Festival were The Tedeschi Trucks Band, formed by blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, who has been voted number 16 on ROLLING STONE’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Following their 2011 debut release Revelator, which won the Best Blues Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards, the Tedeschi Trucks Band released Made Up Mind in August this year, moving to a groovy, southern rock sound with equal acclaim. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, who branch out to a 10-piece live act featuring Tedeschi’s rugged vocals over Trucks’ roaring, dirty guitar licks, are the latest blues force who will debut in India in February. Tedeschi Trucks Band will also jam with American blues guitarist Doyle Bramhall II at the festival.
American blues guitarist and four-time Grammy winner Jimmie Vaughan will also debut in India in February for the fourth edition of the festival. Vaughan, who was confirmed to play the 2013 edition, dropped out in January after suffering a heart attack. Vaughan is now confirmed to play at at Mahindra Blues Festival, which takes place on February 15th and 16th, 2014 in Mumbai.
The lineup also includes blues guitarist Zac Harmon and Chicago blues band Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, who will make their India debut at the festival. Indian bands on the lineup include Shillong blues rock act Soulmate and Mumbai instrumental rock band Blackstratblues. Says Owen Roncon, of festival organizers Oranjuice Entertainment, “Jimmie Vaughan was keen on doing this show since he couldn’t make it last year. Apart from that, our focus is on getting young blues acts and exposing a younger side of the genre.”
Roncon adds that Soulmate will be an act to watch out for at the festival, where they launch their third full-length album and play a special set. Says Roncon, “Soulmate are doing a brand new set. They’re bringing a lot of their folk musicians from Shillong and planning to go with a folk blues sound.”
Mahindra Blues Festival 2014
Tedeschi Trucks Band with Doyle Bramhall II
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
Mahindra Blues Festival takes place at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai on February 15th and 16th, 2013. Tickets go on sale later this month on www.bookmyshow.com
Entry: Rs 2,000 per day, Rs 3,000 (season pass). Student passes cost Rs 800 per day. Premium Enclosure entry tickets are available for Rs. 11,000, which includes seating and beverage.