Mumbai’s ionic Mehboob Studios was center stage for the world’s finest Blues musicians on February 8 and 9. It was a special evening as the Mahindra Blues, Asia’s largest Blues festival, celebrated a decade of bringing together some of the biggest and best Blues artists from around the world.
Headlining this year’s line-up was Blues icon and eight-time Grammy winner, Buddy Guy. The Blues legend, who is a vocalist and guitarist, has made four appearances at the festival, in his signature beret and silk shirts.
The Homegrown Blues Collective opened Day 1 of the festival. With names such as guitarist Ehsaan Noorani and keyboardist Loy Mendonsa, Soulmate, Kanchan Daniel and Arinjoy Sarkar of the Arinjoy Trio, as part of the line-up, these artists presented original material instead of rendering covers.
Keb Mo’, the five-time Grammy winner performed next and the day ended with a soulful performance by Kenny Wayne, an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt winner – Quiet Storm -- also performed their original numbers. A family of four from Meghalaya, they emerged as the winners by battling it out with Blues bands from across the country.