Blues festival goes mainstream with livestream and an app...
Each year the Mahindra Blues Festival is attended by thousands of jazz and blues fans in Mumbai to watch and hear some of the finest jazz musicians from across the globe at the iconic Mehboob Studio. Music enthusiasts from the world make it a roaring success!
However, this leaves most music enthusiasts disappointed. This is set to change this time with New York based OneChannel Media which will give an opportunity to fans to watch the ‘live’ streaming anywhere in the world.
They need to log onto Youtube and subscribe to ChannelOne and select the Mahindra Blues show for live streamin.
A day pass or a season pass are priced at Rs 299 & Rs 499 respectively (on bookmyshow.com), download the free OneChannel app (from www.onechannel.me or app/play store), enter the activation code and watch the festival live from wherever you are in the world and on whichever platform you want — mobile, tablet, laptop etc.
“We’re proud to have begun our journey with Asia’s largest blues event – The Mahindra Blues Festival 2015, which is currently in its fifth year of existence and a must for aficionados in the region. The complete event is being made available as a paid livestream and thereafter as video on demand package on the OneChannel app. Also included are past seasons’ performances, artiste interviews and behind-the-scenes action. It is similar to going to Bookmyshow.com and buying a ticket for an event, only difference is that you don’t have to fly down to Mumbai.” says Sunil R Nair, Chief Executive Officer of OneChannel.
This year the MBF will have legendary performers like Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Nikki Hill, Quinn Sullivan and Rich Robinson. The festival had earlier seen the likes of international blues legends like John Lee Hooker Jr, Taj Mahal and Walter Trout. It has also become a great platform for Indian Blues bands to perform along with the best Blues musicians in the world. In 2014, MBF was nominated for the ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award presented by The Blues Foundation of America.
THE 2015 LINE UP
Winner of six Grammy awards and 28 Blues Music awards, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy is a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.
Doyle Bramhall II
Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarist, composer and producer in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has collaborated for more than a decade, cites the guitarist as one of the most gifted players he has ever encountered. Bramhall II has been in demand as composer, guitarist and producer, collaborating with artists like Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr, Gregg Allman, Dr John and many others.
Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. She and her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill have made an unstoppable team. Nikki Hill’s self-titled EP released in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz. Hill’s latest album Here’s Nikki Hill, released in April 2013.
Since the age of seven, Quinn (now 15) has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King and Buddy Guy. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Robinson has two solo studio albums to his credit — Paper and Through a Crooked Sun. Robinson formed the band The Black Crowes with his older brother. Their 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, sold seven million copies. Over the next 10 years, Rich’s songwriting enabled the band to sell more than 25 million albums.