Art of Rock2 to be held in August
The second edition of the annual ‘The Art of Rock’ concert will be held at Shilpgram on August 24 this year. An annual rock and Blues concert, the concert, which is held to celebrate the spirit of love, peace and unity through music, will feature pioneering Blues rock band from Shillong, Soulmate, and classic rock band Eclipse as the headlining acts.
The second edition of ‘The Art of Rock’ is being organized by Froggstomp – a modern day youth activity promotion organization whose basic agenda is to promote rock concerts, motor sports events and X games. Froggstomp is founded and managed by Mr. Avinash Borooah, (Masters in Mass Communications) formerly with an Advertising Co. in Bangalore and currently a Director of a TEA Company and Mr. Parijat Purkayastha (B.Com) CEO of A Broadband Internet Service Provider & a System Integration Training and Consultancy Organization. Parijat has been at the forefront of organizing rock concerts in the city of Guwahati.
One of the major highlights of this year’s ‘The Art of Rock’ is the launch and distribution of 1,500 copies of a compilation CD of Rock, Blues and Metal songs made and contributed by different bands from North East India. An unique feature in a rock concert, the cd itself will be used to gain entry into the event. As Parijat says, “Entry Passes will not be sold but will form a part of the compilation CD which will be available from the 15th of July 2013. The CDs are not meant for retail sale, but will be given to people as a token of gratitude for their contribution towards the event. The Gift Pack will contain a CD called ‘Art of Rock Episode 2’ and two entry coupons. The CD + Coupon combo will be available from the 19th of July 2013. The CD + Coupon combo will not be available at venue on the day of the event.”
Two top Northeastern rock and Blues band will be headlining the concert. While Soulmate is arguably one of the top Blues rock band in the world now, Eclipse is another classic rock band from the city which will be performing after a long gap.
The concert will be held on August 24 from 5 pm to 10 pm.
HEADLINING BAND: Soulmate
Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk and R&B, SOULMATE was formed in Shillong, in October 2002. Since then have played numerous gigs all over India and abroad. In 2011 they played in the US selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Maximum India Festival, did a successful 4 city tour of Norway, shared the bill with John Mayall & Gary Clarke Jr. at the Jakarta Blues Festival Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker Jr, Robert Randolph Jr, Matt Schofield, Johnny Lang, Shemika Copeland, Walter Trout, Jimmy Thackery at the Mahindra Blues Fest 2011-13. The highlight of 2012 was when Carlos Santana walked on stage and jammed with Soulmate at the F1 Rocks Concert, held in Delhi and where the band were opening for Santana. In the past Soulmate have toured the USA playing in Memphis Tn., Brown University- Rhode Island & Colorado and were twice semi finalists at the 23rd & 26th International Blues Challenge. They have performed in France (Disneyland, Paris), Germany (Baltic Blues Festival 2012), Sweden (Gothenburg and Monsteras Roots and Blues Festival 2012), Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival), Dubai (Du World Music Festival), Indonesia (Jakarta Blues Festival 2010/2011) Bhutan and Kathmandu (Jazzmandu-2004 / 2005 / 2008).
HEADLINING BAND: Eclipse
Eclipse started as a 4 member band with Kundal Goswami on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Mihir Phukan on the Lead Guitar, Rahul Kaushik on Bass Guitar and Twinkle Das on the Drums. The band was later joined by Rajun Goswami on keyboards. After a few changes which saw Mihir leaving the band to be replaced by Sumit Baruah, veteran drummer Ambar Das too joined the band. Their first album, A Mouthful of Moonlight, was released in July 2008. The album reflects the evolution of the band over the years since its foundation. The album was received very well by the rock music fraternity of the region. Eclipse now plays, which they like to call feel good music’, a genre influenced by Blues and Classic Rock. With touches of blues on the guitar, groovy drums, a pounding bass guitar and the glimpses of the 80’s Glam on Keys, Eclipse is a beautiful fusion of all these.