THE riffs of the six strings, cymbals crashing and drum beats, hypnotic trance of the tabla and mesmerising voices of the singers – the hills came alive with a spectacular sound of music as the fifth edition of the Kasauli Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival kicked off on Friday.
Music lovers from all over, as far as Switzerland and Sri Lanka, made their way up to the festival that opened up to a clear and sunny skies. As a cool breeze set in with free flow of music, food and drinks, a crowd of more than 200 gathered to lend an ear to the bands that played on the first day.
While Delhi based pop-rock band, Frisky Pints, made a smashing entry with their high tempo high-energy pop performance, ace guitarist Ravi Iyer fused contemporary elements with classical beats rendered by tabla maestro Ustad Fazal Qureshi (son of Ustad Allah Rakha) and sizzling sitar by special guest Pandit Ravi Chary.
Set to release their debut album, ‘#feelingfrisky’ this September, Frisky Pints aspires to go global someday. The festival saw them belting out originals, including Aye I Owe You, Vain, Goose Chase and the Frisky Song. Their cover of the popular Uptown Funk had everyone singing along.
Tabla maestro and Sultan of Strings, featuring Ustaad Fazal Qureshi, Ravi Iyer and Pandit Ravi Chary on sitar had everyone spellbound.
As the sun set, old school blues, rock and roll performances from Mihir Joshi’s ‘Band of Mumbai Blues’ had everyone swaying while Bollywood singer Shilpa Rao left the listeners asking for more.
From soft rock to progressive rock, blues and classical to Dj Sun’s electronic music peppered with Bhangra and Indie tunes, the festival hit a perfect musical note for the weekend.
Saturday will see performances by Kanchan Daniels & The Beard, The Local Train, Lesle Lewis and Massive Vibe.