Top gigs in Bengaluru this week: Gioli & Assia, Lena Willikens & Twokid Wickid, Luke Kenny Live and more!
Gioli & Assia on the terrace
Apr 28 | KittyKO, The LaLiT Ashok
This edition of the Sundowner gigs on the terrace will be headlined by Giolì & Assia, supported by Robby and an early set by Sidvicious. The young Italian artistes, producers /songwriters, house DJs and electro/pop duo live off music and art 24/7, and started their career with the single, Stay Closer, in April 2017. Founders and owners of the Diesis Records label, the duo released their brand new album Istantanee in March 2018. Rs 499. 6 pm-1 am. Details: 3052-7777.
An incredible indie night
Apr 26 | BFlat Indira Nagar
BFlat continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with this evening, themed Incredible Indie! featuring Flying Shoe (early set), along with Meera Desai and Heat Sink. Flying Shoe is an indie folk/pop project by Omkar Potdar aka Omi (in pic), while Meera Desai is a singer who was born and raised in New York and moved to Ahmedabad a couple of years ago, and Heat Sink is an indie band whose sound ranges from jazz to prog rock and includes diverse styles and themes. Rs 400. 9 pm-11:55 pm. Details: 95911-26639.
Wander this way
Apr 27 | BFlat Indira Nagar
Here’s an evening led by two standout acoustic bands: Easy Wanderlings, an eight-piece band (in pic) and Mahesh Raghunandan, who plays guitar and is backed by pianist Rohan Kamath. Unique to both is superior songwriting, including warm layering of harmonies and melodies, both instrumental and vocal, with great lyrics and assorted acoustic instruments. Rs 400. 9 pm-11.55 pm. Details: 95911-26639.
Raise the roof with Namazi
Apr 26 | KittyKO, The LaLiT Ashok
This weekly house/techno sesh will feature Assad Namazi (Tool Room), supported by DJ Prithvi. ‘Always a riot when Assad Namazi takes over the decks!’ enthuse the hosts. Namazi has a long history in various music genres, but has always remained true to his underground guise. He was one of the early DJs in the 1990s who helped shape the underground movement in India. He then moved to London to study sound engineering in the early-2000s, to pursue his dream of not only playing credible records, but also making them. 8 pm-1 am. Details: 3052-7777.
Willikens & Wickid
Apr 27 | Koramangala Social
Milkman presents Lena Willikens (in pic), along with Twokid Wickid. German producer/DJ Lena Willikens is from a rare breed of DJs who loves not just to discover, but also to share music – and art – with others, from Japanese-influenced audio-visual works to theremin rhythms. Twokid Wickid, meanwhile, are melody maniacs who tame tempo tantrums and get listeners to groove and grind. 8 pm-noon. Details: 4372-3295.
Sounds of the djembe
Apr 28 | Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
This Djembe Live Performance will be hosted as a part of the Artisans Bazaar art, crafts, handloom and lifestyle exhibition. The djembe is said to have been invented in the 12th century by the Mandinke tribe in what is now Mali, in West Africa. It has been played by West Africans for generations, forming an integral part of ritualistic life in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and other neighbouring West African countries. Visit with family & friends. Entry free. 5 pm-7 pm. Details: 2226-1816.
A master of the keys
Apr 27 | Monk’s Studio, HSR Layout Sector 7
Aman Mahajan will present Refuge 1 (solo piano works) at this live concert at this solo piano concert series featuring contemporary improvised music by the noted pianist, composer and improviser. Refuge is a set of musical themes performed in various configurations, from solo piano to sextet. Equal parts structured and improvised, the music combines the spirit of jazz with myriad folk and classical influences. Refuge 1 is the solo version of this set — a collection of pieces that originated on the piano, travelled across the world, meeting a multitude of musicians and audiences along the way, only to return to the piano in this avatar. 8 pm-9.15 pm. Details: 088611-52542.
Luke hits XU station
Apr 27 | XU, The Leela Palace
Jam in XU, the extremely popular high-energy, high-spirit music concert series will feature Luke Kenny Live, led by the popular VJ, critic, director, producer and actor. Luke’s outfit is known to play a mixed set of music across the genres of rock, blues, poetry, pop, DJ sets (multi-genre curated) and BollyRock with a band that usually features Shreyas Iyengar (drums), Chirayu Vedekar (bass) and Alok Kulkarni (guitars), with Luke on vocals. 8 pm-11.59 pm. Details: 95133-44440.
A touch of Metronome
Apr 28 | BSR Mantralaya-2, HSR Layout
The Metronome Group Music from Africa perform live in concert. An Afro jazz, soul and reggae band that’s now based in Bengaluru, the outfit brings a little piece of Cote d’Ivoire to you with every performance. Catch them live and unplugged up, close and personal at this house gig. Highly reputed and extremely popular for their efforts of ‘keeping the beat alive’, the band performs with a calm, yet powerful energy, transporting you to their world, where every beat and every note tempts you to dance or hum along. Stay tuned for originals, because that’s something you will love! `350. 6 pm-8 pm. Tickets online. Details: 098452-31797.
Diggin’ it with Gurbax
Apr 27 | Biergarten Brewery & Kitchen, Koramangala
This edition of the Biergarten gigs will be led by DJ Gurbax, supported by DJ Digvijay. A self-taught Ableton-certified producer, DJ Gurbax is one of the freshest DJ/producers in the Indian bass music scene. Kunaal Gurbaxani aka Gurbax is one of the most fresh DJs in the Indian electronic music scene. From metal-head to bass-head, his journey started in Bengaluru, where he played guitar in punk rock and thrash metal bands. 9 pm-12.30 am. Details: 99166-10717.