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Monday, February 7, 2011

Rock n Roll Heaven

Howdy Mumbo Jojos,

Calling what we have for you today as quirky hurts me, because as a rock and metal music lover, it’s sad that we don’t have more of such places around.

The independent music scene in India has no real platform to speak of. The bands might cut albums and gather some loyal followers but live gigs are what help them add to their fan base and be heard.  Thankfully, there are some passionate souls who have taken it upon themselves to provide a platform to this budding underground movement. Presenting B69 by Bajaao.

So today’s quirk of the day is: discover the finest bands in the city at the haven for underground rock and metal music \m/

B69 is an air-conditioned music concert hall with world-class sound equipment from USA, Germany and Japan. It is a 1500 sq foot space with a 20 ft by 6 ft by 3 ft stage where bands can play at 150 decibels (as loud as an outdoor concert!) It has equipment from Peavey, endorsed by the likes of Slipknot, Dragonforce and Machine Head.

What’s cool about B69 is that it is an indoor venue but its PA will make you feel like you’re at Rock in Rio.  They’re keen on promoting upcoming or hidden talent and so they have a motley crew of the veterans and the newbies performing. Metal, rock, alternative, funk; it’s all here. It's easy on the pocket with an entry fee between Rs. 150 and Rs. 500(cover charge) and if you want a chance to play, all you have to do is send them a demo.

Ace bands that have graced the B69 stage are Demonic Resurrection, Scribe, Bhayanak Maut, Zygnema, Sceptre and Exhumation with watch-out-fors Reverrse Polarity, BLAKC, Summer Pitt Junkie and more.

Hindi Rock also features on their itinerary with bands like Prayag and Radio having performed here. In fact, Kailash Kher, Manasi Scott and Raghav Sachar are some of the commercial names associated with this venue.

Their upcoming event is IIT Rorkee’s Rock Fest’s West Zone prelims on Feb. 12, 2011. Knowing the rock talent at IIT, I’m sure it’ll be a total smasher!

On a personal note, I’m so grateful to these guys for giving these musicians a voice. Unfortunately in our country, Bollywood rules the roost but it’s because of places like these that we retain an eclectic flavour and appreciate the diversity of musical talent in India.

Well guys, as I end this QUINK, I just want to say that music is the food of the go snack on some rock and metal at B69 :D

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Until next time...remember to QUIRK UP!
Peace out\m/,
-Master Blincaa

B69 (By Bajaao): Bhaidas Bhuta Compound, Mogra Lane, Off Old Nagardas Road, Andheri (East), Near Shiv Sagar Restaurant, Mumbai


  1. kickass \m/

    HRC,Blue Frog ...and now B69

  2. nice.
    a place worth experiencing live music.