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In Pictures: An Ode To The Blues 2013 @ Counter Culture, Bangalore

  • An Ode To The Blues
    Bangalore was taken over by the blues (the musical kind, not the gloomy kind) with An Ode To The Blues at Counter Culture on Saturday, June 8. Now in its third year, the annual event is a much-awaited gig for blues lovers in the city.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Overdrive Trio
    Up first on stage were Mumbai act Overdrive Trio, who enthralled early birds with some of their own tracks as well as energetic covers of The Meters' 'Shaky Ground' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Prodigies
    The trio was actually a quartet that evening, with 15-year-old wunderkind Kush on guitars. Both Sunny D'Souza and him showed off their chops throughout their set, backed by a very tight rhythm section. Axeman Warren Mendonsa joined them on stage for an encore of 'Shaky Ground'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • The Chronic Blues Circus
    With a total of four guitars on stage, Bangalore group The Chronic Blues Circus crowded the stage next, playing a competent set that tided the audience over.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Hoodoo Gas
    Local electric blues act Hoodoo Gas was one of the highlights of the night. The band's name is a bastardisation of the Kannada word "huduga", meaning "boy". This seems to be somewhat of a trend among Bangalore acts (refer Bevar Sea).
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Ananth Menon
    The band featured two great guitarists, Ananth Menon (Galeej Gurus, who also took on vocal duties) and Arjun Chandran (Schizophonic). Hoodoo Gas played a tight set with the multi-talented Snehal Pinto on bass and Deepak Raghu (of Bevar Sea, Dying Embrace, and Mad Orange Fireworks) on drums.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • On the strings
    The group covered The Derek Trucks Band's 'Alright', with Chandran playing a superb slide solo. They also paid tribute to Taj Mahal with a cover, and even did a bluesy version of a Galeej Gurus song.
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  • The return of Warren
    Mendonsa returned to the stage and was joined by Hoodoo Gas to crank out a great high-octane version of Gary Clarke Junior's 'Bright Lights'.
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  • When you've got the blues, you dance.
    Spirits were high, by this time, and the audience took to their feet.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Monica Heldal
    This year, An Ode To The Blues hosted their first international artist, 21-year-old Norwegian blues singer Monica Heldal. While she has only released one 7" single so far, her vocal prowess has been getting her noticed all over Europe. Read a short interview with Heldal here.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Sweet and Low
    Heldal played a quiet set, with her acoustic guitar and soulful voice doing justice to her cover of 'Banker's Blues'. Her set comprised a number of older blues covers, as well as some of her own material.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Cato Thomassen
    Heldal was accompanied by Cato Thomassen on the guitar. The duo also played a second gig in India, at Blue Frog, Delhi, on Sunday, June 9.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • All-Stars!
    The evening ended with an all star jam which went on beyond midnight, a rarity for a Bangalore venue these days. The free-flowing jam ended the well-attended evening of blues on a high note.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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