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! Hemlata16-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! Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) 1-Sep ! Bhupen Hazarika 1-Sep ! Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatha 1-Sep ! Gloria Estefan 1-Sep ! Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) 2-Sep ! Khalid Ansari 3-Sep ! Meenakshisundaram Pillai 3-Sep ! Pyarelal (Laxmikant) 3-Sep ! Rajab Ali Khan 3-Sep ! Redfoo (LMFAO) 3-Sep ! Aadesh Shrivastav 4-Sep ! Beyoncé Knowles 4-Sep ! Kim Thayil Soundgarden) 4-Sep ! Sagarika 4-Sep ! Vinayak Torvi 4-Sep ! Ayaan Ali Bangash 5-Sep ! Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) 5-Sep ! Terry Ellis (En Vogue) 5-Sep ! Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) 6-Sep ! Nina Persson (The Cardigans) 6-Sep ! Rajeswari Padmanabhan 6-Sep ! Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 6-Sep ! Rukmani Ramani 6-Sep ! Sikkil Neela 6-Sep ! Sushma Shreshta(Poornima) 6-Sep ! Bhavna Somaiya 7-Sep ! Gloria Gaynor 7-Sep ! Asha Bhosle 8-Sep ! Avicii 8-Sep ! David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) 8-Sep ! Laxmi Ganesh Tewari 8-Sep ! Pink 8-Sep ! Vidyadhar Vyas 8-Sep ! Wiz Khalifa 8-Sep ! Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) 9-Sep ! Macy Gray 9-Sep ! Michael Buble 9-Sep ! Joe Perry (Aerosmith) 10-Sep ! Jose Feliciano 10-Sep ! Matthew Followill (Kings Of Leon) 10-Sep ! N.Sashikiran 10-Sep ! Ramanathapuram (Poochi) 10-Sep ! Salim Akhtar 10-Sep ! Sumati Mutatkar 10-Sep ! Vinay (Nikihil) 10-Sep ! Brad Fischetti (LFO) 11-Sep ! Harry Connick, Jr. 11-Sep ! Jon Buckland (Coldplay) 11-Sep ! Jon Moss (Culture Club) 11-Sep ! Ludacris 11-Sep ! Moby 11-Sep ! Tommy Shaw (STYX) 11-Sep ! Durga Jasraj 12-Sep ! Jennifer Hudson 12-Sep ! Liam Gallagher (Oasis) 12-Sep ! Papa Venkataramiah 12-Sep ! Vinod Rathod 12-Sep ! Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) 13-Sep! Mohanrao Palekar 13-Sep ! Prabha Atre 13-Sep ! Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction) 13-Sep ! Sunita Rao 14-Sep ! Veena Sahasrabuddhe 14-Sep ! Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer 15-Sep ! Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) 15-Sep ! T.N.Seshagopalan 15-Sep ! Marc Anthony 16-Sep ! Nick Jonas 16-Sep ! Ram Laxman 16-Sep ! Richard Marx 16-Sep ! Wamanrao Sadolikar 16-Sep ! Aditya Paudwal 17-Sep ! Lalgudi G.Jayaraman 17-Sep ! Balwantrai Bhatt 19-Sep ! Chuck Panozzo (STYX) 20-Sep ! David Silveria (Korn) 21-Sep ! Don Felder (Eagles) 21-Sep ! Faith Hill 21-Sep ! Jason Derulo 21-Sep ! Sunny M.R. 21-Sep ! David Coverdale (Whitesnake) 22-Sep ! Joan Jett 22-Sep ! Bruce Springsteen 23-Sep ! Emani Sankara Sastri 23-Sep ! Julio Iglesias 23-Sep ! Imran Merchant 25-Sep ! Will Smith 25-Sep ! Cindy Herron (En Vogue) 26-Sep ! Olivia Newton-John 26-Sep ! Papanasam Sivan 26-Sep ! Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) 26-Sep ! Avril Lavigne 27-Sep ! Lil Wayne 27-Sep ! Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd) 27-Sep ! Meatloaf 27-Sep ! Pinky (Preety-Pinky) 27-Sep ! Durai Swaminathan 28-Sep ! Hilary Duff 28-Sep ! Jennifer Rush 28-Sep ! Lata Mangeshkar 28-Sep ! Les Claypool (Primus) 28-Sep ! Jerry Lee Lewis 29-Sep ! Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) 30-Sep

Aloft Star 2018 Competition

Singer-songwriters across Asia-Pacific are invited to submit their original compositions till 31 July 2018 to compete for the chance to record and digitally release their single through Universal Music Group. Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels, in partnership with Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, has launched the 2018 Asia Pacific edition of  Aloft Hotels’ artist discovery competition Project: Aloft Star Asia-Pacific. From June 26 to July 31, 2018, artists, bands and songwriters are invited to submit up to two original songs in video or audio format. This exciting contest shines a spotlight on the region’s incredible, undiscovered, and up-and-coming talents.

The competition is open to entrants from countries  in the Asia Pacific region. The countries are in  five clusters spanning eleven markets: Australia, Greater China, India, South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) and South Korea. From the entries submitted, UMG will select five finalists (one from each cluster) for an all-expenses paid trip to Seoul, South Korea to battle it out in the grand finale to be held at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on 20 September 2018. Each finalist will also receive 100,000 Rewards points1 redeemable for stays at participating Marriott International hotels around the world and other rewards.

Starting today, unsigned musicians can enter for a chance to compete and win a grand prize that includes:

a) Artist & Repertoire (A&R) mentoring from UMG, which includes advice on selecting a single to record, and expert guidance throughout the process

 b) A professional recording session with UMG and opportunity to release the single

 c) An accompanying music video to be produced and released by UMG

 This year’s Project: Aloft Star Asia-Pacific mentors include Indian singer and composer Salim Merchant, whose scores have appeared in 100 Bollywood films; award-winning Greater China singer and actress Rachel Liang; Korean R&B performing artist SAAY; and Australian radio presenter Alex Dyson.

 Music fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists or bands via a public vote from September 3 - 19, 2018. Three lucky voters who predict the winner and provide a reason why they picked them will stand a chance to win 50,000 Rewards points.1

 “Aloft Hotels has always been the brand for music makers and music lovers, but now through our collaboration with UMG, we’re able to support emerging artists in a more meaningful way than ever before,” said Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels; and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International. “The opportunity to record a single with one of UMG’s prestigious labels and receive dedicated mentoring from the best in the industry is very rare, and we’re so glad to be able to bring this chance to emerging talent all over the world.”

 Says Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global head of New Business at Universal Music Group: “UMGB is proud to partner Aloft Hotels for Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018. We love their shared ambition to discover and nurture original singer- songwriters across such a diverse and musically vibrant region.  We’re thrilled to expand our global relationship with Marriott International in such a strategically important region for both companies.”

 Aloft Hotels has been an incubator for emerging musical talent for a decade. All Aloft Hotels around the world host regular live music evenings in their W XYZ® bars with local up-and-coming talent as part of the brand’s Live At Aloft Hotels music program. Aloft Hotels are in thriving music destinations, welcoming touring musicians with special discounted artist rates, the opportunity to use the W XYZ® bar as a performance space for free, and a musicians’ guide featuring everything from where to dine late-night after a gig, the best nearby affordable recording studio, to where to purchase guitar strings, and more to hit the right note for each stay.

 For more information, please visit: www.projectaloftstarasia.com

#Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global head of New Business at Universal Music Group# :Universal Music Group # Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels # Salim Merchant #Rachel Liang # SAAY; # Alex Dyson.# Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels

Interviews

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary