An Ode To The Blues is an annual day-long blues festival. It was first held in Bangalore in 2011 to commemorate the centennial birth anniversary of blues legend Robert Johnson (check out pics from the inaugural edition). Now in its third...
An Ode To The Blues is an annual day-long blues festival. It was first held in Bangalore in 2011 to commemorate the centennial birth anniversary of blues legend Robert Johnson (check out pics from the inaugural edition). Now in its third year, the event, held in the backyard of Counter Culture, Bangalore, has evolved into one of the most anticipated events for blues lovers in the garden city. This year’s edition of An Ode To The Blues takes place at the Bangalore venue on June 8, celebrating the 102nd birth anniversary of Robert Johnson. While previous editions of the festival have featured veteran blues acts from over the country, including Chennai act Blues Conscience, Bangalore veterans Ministry Of Blues, and local act Blues Before Sunrise, the 2013 edition will see the festival host an international artist for the first time. The festival will feature young Norwegian blues musician Monica Heldal. The 21-year-old has been honing her skills at the guitar for about a decade, and has also featured on the title track of English singer-songwriter Ben Howard‘s 2012 EP, The Burgh Island. Heldal’s delicate melodies see influences of blues and folk music. You can stream a performance video of her track ‘I Don’t Mind’ below.
Also playing the festival are some of India’s best blues and blues rock acts, at the foremost of which is Mumbai group Blackstratblues. The act, fronted by guitarist Warren Mendonsa, are currently readying an album, and you can check out a preview of ‘Folkish Three’, off the album, below (review here). Blackstratblues are also scheduled to play a set at the Escape Festival of Arts and Music in Naukuchiatal this weekend.
The lineup for An Ode To The Blues also features Mumbai blues act Overdrive Trio, who are a regular fixture at blues festivals over the country, such as the Mahindra Blues Festival and the Indigo Blues festival (pics from the 2012 edition). Also playing at the festival are Bangalore electric blues act Hoodoo Gas, one of the newest blues act to hit the Bangalore circuit. Local blues veterans Ministry Of Blues have featured on the first edition of the festival, and they return this year with their high energy set. The final act on the lineup are Bangalore group The Chronic Blues Circus. The finale for the night features an all star jam.
An Ode To The Blues takes place at Counter Culture, Bangalore, on June 8 from 5.30pm onward. Early bird tickets can be bought here and are priced at Rs 700 for regular tickets and Rs 3,500 for VIP tickets.