Rocking the Night Bengaluru way
The Bangalore (Bengaluru) that we know today is definitely more than an IT city. This city has always been a platform for many things that is today reflective in the modern India. Be it music, sports, or technology, Bangalore has always been a front runner in producing some amazing talents. There aren?t many in India who is not a fan of rock music and hope I am not wrong when I say there aren?t any in Bangalore who doesn?t love rock music. Being in Bangalore for over 4 years now, it was an absolute thrilling experience to be invited and be part of a spectacular journey of how the rock music scenario in my very own Bangalore (yes I call it my Bangalore) has matured over time. Past Sunday at The Humming Tree, it was an experience that would keep flowing through my veins till my sanity remains intact. My utmost thanks to Black & White Moments that took every individual present in the hall for a trip down the memory lane and raise a toast to the bands, and gigs that have revolutionised rock and independent music in the city. Black & White Moments: How Bangalore Came to Rock celebrated a night of nostalgia, the most awesome lesson in the history of Bangalore's Rock scene with a line-up of some of the best of rock and jazz performances on one stage from renowned artistes like Rex Rosario, Gerrard Machado, Radha Thomas, Roberto Narain, Eric Samuels, Nolan Lewis from Kryptos, Chris Avinash, Suraj Mani (erstwhile motherjane), Galeej Gurus, Varun Murali from Swarathma, Abhijit Tambe from Lounge Piranha, Vasundhara Das and Thermal and a Quarter. The evening wouldn?t have been any better without our very own Bruce Lee Mani from Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ), the host for the evening. Bruce Lee Mani The first rockstar on the stage was saxophonist Rex Rosario. He expressed his nostalgia by playing his own composition, named after his father Jakes Rosario called Jackies? Jive and Take Five. Accompanying him was the house band for the evening which had Prakash K.N on bass, Tony Das on guitars Deepak on drums and Floyd Santimano on keys. The crowd was elated to say the least applauding and hooting the Bangalorean way. [caption id="attachment_3601" align="aligncenter" width="5120"] Rex Rosario Next master on the stage was Gerard Machado, the city?s best known blue guitarist. He started off with a tune by Duke Ellington called I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues, followed with Billie's Bounce by Charlie Parker to create a magic that left the crowd in a trance. [caption id="attachment_3604" align="aligncenter" width="852"] Gerard Machado Next up on the stage was a lady rockstar Radha Thomas. the woman who most epitomises the 70s rock scene in Bangalore and was the subject of frequent Janis Joplin comparisons. She sang ?Chains of Love?. Roberto Narain, the drumjammer, a former drummer for Millenium and he is no stranger to Bangalore. He is the legend of heavy metal city has produced.Surprisingly,Roberto wasn?t here to perform but to share his experiences but the crowd was not gonna let him step down the stage without hitting the drums. The gentleman Roberto is, respecting the crowds request, took his position on to the drums. I was amazed by the burst of energy from Roberto drumming to the jazz-fusion song ?Stratus? by Billy Cobham. Relive the moment of sheer awesomeness by our very own Roberto Narain: And carrying the house full of energy to the next level was TAAQ drummer Rajeev Rajagopal. No story of Bangalore?s rock scene can be completed without Thermal and a Quarter. Rajeev joined Bruce Lee Mani and the band?s former bassist Prakash K N and rocked the house by playing their song ?In the Middle?. [caption id="attachment_3605" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Thermal And A Quarter The next performer can best defined as one who represents heavy metal like no one does. He is vocalist and guitarist Nolan Lewis of the Indian metal band Kryptos who covered Metallica?s Seek and Destroy. [caption id="attachment_3607" align="aligncenter" width="912"] Nolan Lewis The closing act of the evening had almost everyone on stage including Vasundhara Das and Arati Rao who accompanied TAAQ, Tony Das and Gerard Machado on Hey Jude. [caption id="attachment_3608" align="aligncenter" width="805"] Vasundhara Das and Arati Rao at Black & White Moments Overall this was an evening full of music, devoted and passionate musicians and performers and an enthusiastic audience. Black & White indeed successfully created a great moments that all of us will cherish. Article & Photos By: Suman Prasad LiveInStyle.com encourages you to Party Responsibly!