This Thursday, 9th January 2020, experience Aki Kumar aka ‘The Only Bombay Blues Man’ live blowin’ Blues Bollywood-Style at your favorite Gastro-pub, The Stables from 9.30pm onwards.
Aki Kumar is a blues artist from the US that has made a name for himself covering some of the best Retro Bollywood tracks of the last century. Aki has a very unique story – he moved to the US to pursue a college degree in 1999 and had begun exploring and hanging out at blues clubs in the SF Bay Area and was especially drawn to the wailing, toneful sound of the blues harmonica.
Aki left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed. “I wanted to make a statement that I was a traditional blues man, so I wanted to be playing blues and have nobody even wonder where I came from.” His attitude soon changed, and with his Little Village Foundation debut, Aki Goes to Bollywood, he began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation.
That unique blend of East and West reached a new creative plateau on Aki’s second Little Village Foundation album, Hindi Man Blues, which boasts Aki’s most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar’s visionary stylistic mix has already won him widespread attention. In addition to the local blues venues, where he’s built an enthusiastic audience, he’s performed at the prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, been featured on PRI ‘The World’ and has toured in Russia and Scandinavia. Now, after spending more than a decade developing his sound with the help of some of the Bay Area’s finest blues players, Aki Kumar continues to take his love for the blues to new and fascinating places.
In August 2019, Kumar recently made major news with the announcement of a record deal with Sony Music India and the world-wide launch of his debut single “Dilruba”.
When: 9th January 2020 from 9.30pm onwards
Where: The Stables, Andheri – Kurla Road Peninsula Red Pine Hotel Near Airport Road Metro Station, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059
Contact: +91 9820645845