ANNIVERSARIES:

! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

VYRL cover Star's 4th edition promises to be bigger and better with 'Intezaar'

VYRL Cover Star is a unique initiative by VYRL Originals that bridges between ambitious artists to the music stalwarts from the fraternity. The last 3 editions of this initiative have received amazing response for tracks like ‘Sajna Ve’, ‘Woh Baarishein’ and ‘Khud se Zyada’, allowing the fans to showcase their talent in front of artists and original creators like Vishal Mishra, Tanishk Bagchi, Arjun Kanungo, Lisa Mishra, Manoj Muntashir and many more.

Now in its 4th edition of VYRL Cover Star promises to be bigger and better with its most recent release ‘Intezaar’, as in this edition the participants from across the country will be judged by Mithoon who is one of the most exalted Indian music composer, Mohit, the most prominent film director and Asees Kaur, a top-notch Indian singer who has stolen millions of hearts with her magical voice. Each of them will go through all the covers and select 10 worthy contestants to come and perform LIVE in front of them.

VYRL Cover Star is supported by Gaana, the leading streaming platform in the country. The whole enterprise has become magnificent with partners like PVR, leading cinema chain of the country where Cover Star finale will be hosted, Red FM the largest radio network in the country and Smule a platform for music enthusiasts giving their fans an opportunity to participate for cover star on their app if they choose to.

The entries for VYRL Cover Star are open to everyone across the country. Click here to participate. 

Speaking about the third edition, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia shares “VYRL Cover Star is a unique platform that has brought many fans and aspiring artists closer to the creators of songs in the last 3 editions. We are glad to bring back Cover Star for Intezaar where deserving fans stand a chance to perform live in front of Mohit, Mithoon and Asees Kaur which is once in a lifetime opportunity for any aspiring artist. We have immense talent in the country, and we are looking forward to receiving unique cover entries for this track.”

Talking about this initiative, Mithoon said “Working with VRYL Originals has been a great experience so far and studded with pleasant surprises. The first time when I came across ‘VYRL Cover Star’ I immediately said we should do it for Intezaar. In a country which has abundance of talent, there are very few opportunities like these that connect aspiring musicians to people like us from the industry. I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for creators to come forward and showcase their talent with unique cover entries. I have noticed that a lot of entries have already started flowing in and I am super excited to go through all the entries and see different renditions of Intezaar.”

Talking about VYRL Cover Star, Mohit Suri shared “Cover Star is a great initiative by VYRL Originals where they give fans an opportunity to connect with their favourite artist and perform LIVE in front of them. I am quite eager to see amazing covers flowing in for Intezaar and I am sure it’s going to be a tough time for Mithoon, Asees and I to pick up the top 5 contestants to come and perform LIVE in front of us.”

  

Speaking about the VYRL Cover Star for Intezaar, Asees shared Intezaar is a song that is very close to my heart and I am overwhelmed with the response received for this track. I am super excited for VYRL Cover Star as it’s a huge opportunity for any growing talent in this country. Looking forward to some amazing entries on Intezaar and we are surely going to have a great time going through all the entries. It’s going to be a tough one in selecting top 5 to come and perform live. My good wishes with every participate.

VYRL Originals – An EMI Records India Property:

VYRL Originals is Universal Music India’s platform dedicated to promoting and building the category and culture of non-film music in India. VYRL Originals is India’s first artist-focused platform and has been instrumental in introducing and developing some of the finest talent in the country. The artist-first and integrated approach with some of the finest marketing innovations across different releases has been the driving force of making VYRL Originals the most desirable music label for the artist community.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.