Shemekia Copeland, Quinn Sullivan and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to perform at Mahindra Blues Festival
Mumbai: If you’re wondering how the live music scene would unfold itself in 2017, here’s a sneak peek. The celebrated home of Blues in India, Mahindra Blues Festival has announced its line-up for the seventh edition, and similar to every year, this one’s a top drawer.
Featuring in the line-up for the two day celebration of Blues on 11 and 12 February will be three time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland who returns to the esteemed festival after five years. Copeland performed at the debut edition of the festival, apparently Asia’s biggest festival for Blues music. An ardent fan of country music, Copeland has successfully incorporated the two backgrounds in her sound further steering her popularity on the two fronts.
Also returning to the Mahindra Blues Festival will be blues prodigy Quinn Sullivan. The seventeen year old earlier shared the stage with Eric Clapton, The Roots and mentor Buddy Guy. Sullivan had also opened for the late Blues legend BB King.
The festival, known for its promotion of genres revolving around or influenced by Blues, will also feature Americana soul singer Janiva Magness and vocal power-house Grainne Duffy, known for the Celtic influences into emotionally-charged performances. Arguably, one of the most consistent Blues forces in the country, Blackstratblues will perform at its home turf, further providing the blues aficionados another lucrative reason to attend the festival.
One of the most attractive and promising elements of the upcoming edition of the festival, to be held at the iconic Mehboob Studio, will be the headlining act of the festival - Supersonic Blues Machine. The four-year-old super group, apart from the usual line-up featuring legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, bassist Fabrizio Grossi, and award winning lead singer Lance Lopez, will include special guest appearances from the American renowned Blues band ZZ Top’s lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons. Blues rock guitarist Eric Gales will accompany the troupe as well.
Sharing his thoughts on the announcement, Mahindra Group’s Chairman, Anand Mahindra said, “The seventh year of the Mahindra Blues Festival is surely going to live up to what Mumbai expects – a world class festival with a world class line-up. Join us in welcoming Shemekia and Quinn back to the Mahindra Blues Festival along with the other fantastic Blues artists. We are delighted to see Mumbai’s Mahindra Blues tribe grow year after year.”
The Mahindra Blues Festival, in its seventh consecutive edition is one of the leading annual Blues events with top notch artists performing together on one platform. The Mahindra Blues Festival in association with The Times of India is co-sponsored by The Glenlivet, with Posterscope as the outdoor sponsor. The festival is promoted and produced by Oranjuice Entertainment.
Tickets are on sale on bookmyshow.com with daily passes available at Rs.2500, season passes for Rs.4000, while students can attend the festival at Rs.1200 per day. Premium Enclosure Season Pass, which is inclusive of F&B will be available at Rs.15000.