Every year scores of Blues music lovers take two days out of their hectic lives and head to to the mecca of Blues music in this country, the Mahindra Blues Festival. This year was no different except for one little but important detail; this year The True School of Music was there too. That’s because the Mahindra Blues Festival, like The True School of Music, is a catalyst for change in the Indian Music Industry; an association was inevitable.
We set up a TSM jam station and information desk in a lawn within Mehboob Studio, the venue for the festival. The jam station showcased soulful performances by the TSM faculty featuring guest artists like Warren Mendonsa of Blackstratblues and virtuoso drummer, Gino Banks, on both the 15th and 16th of February. Performers in the audience were also encouraged to come up and jam with the band. The heady mix of Blues and brews worked wonders as the revelers really got into the groove and made things lively.
The TSM Faculty performed on both days to a great response. Sound Engineering Pro Certificate Course students were given a chance to attend both days and help set up the jam station and the live sound console, which turned out to be a great source of experience for them. We received a lot of registrations and inquiries at the TSM information desk, both for our Pro and Foundation school courses, which really reinforced the requirement of a contemporary music school in this city.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, who gave an electrifying performance at the Mahindra Blues Festival on the 15th of Feb, also gave a workshop at TSM on 16th morning. This was not a weekend we could easily forget. In fact, you might say it gives us the blues just thinking about it.