‘An Ode to the Blues’ was the held at Counter Culture to honour the birth anniversary of legendary blues man Robert Johnson. As a build up to the finale, artists from all over Bangalore had been busking in various venues across the city including Hysteria and Goobe’s Book store all week before. Khalid from Parvaaz even had to face some police intervention....must have been one heck of a storm he was raising. It was really nice to see someone finally thinking about doing a nice build up and setting the mood to such a festival. All that busking had my expectations set really high.
D-day at Counter Culture had two stages set up for the bands to play. The main stage boasted of (in my humble opinion) India’s best blues musicians. The menu included Chronic Blues Circus, Ministry of Blues, Soulmate, Blackstratblues and special guest – Guitar Shorty all the way from the US. The smaller stage setup in the backyard of Counter Culture had artists such as Velvet Mojo, Ananth Menon, Sylvester Trio and more keeping the crowd entertained with their acoustic sets.
The gig started with the small stage at around 6 PM , setting the mood for a night of crazy blues playing.