I had attended 1 Sofar event in Delhi last May with my friend, Jai which was organised at my sisters friends house in GK 1. Having reached a little late, I was welcomed with country music by an American band called, Bluegrass Journey Men. After enjoying some wine and country music, the next act came on who was a sitar player, Rishabh Seen who plays the sitar with metal music. Mind blowing it was! The third and final act was a rap artists who went by the name of BRAIL, who had everybody on they feet within minutes! A mix of country, Indian classical with metal and rap music, that evening left me feeling truly satisfied and content, having found a renewed life for music.
After that day I stalked the shit out of Sofar. I applied for every Delhi gig that was coming up. And everytime I applied I was either to late to click on the attend button or I was unlucky :( so last week when I applied and got rejected, I wasn’t very surprised. Be just then I got a Facebook message from a friend, Yash Johari who said that he put me on the list and I was like...OMG!
So so the day came, 24th Feb, Saturday. I woke up at 3 pm, had coffee in my bed, read the newspaper and then started getting ready. I was so excited that I reached the venue at 5:45 pm. I waited in my car for 15 mins and then went upstairs to venue which was a beautiful open air terrace at someone’s home in Green Park. I was alone, with my backpack which entailed half a bottle of white wine and some other shit. I was waiting in line for the washroom when and started talking to this beautiful lady about bathroom ques. I met a lady named Molly from New York who was visiting delhi for the first time and she happened to be there this evening.
So my friend Yash arrived and we chatted, waited for the evening to start. The emcee for the night, Rohit called on the first act, Hanita Bhambri who had been writing songs since she was 11 years old. She was young and beautiful and her lyrics had emotion and feelings that she was able to convey to the audience. The music was sweet and soothing on the years and I really thought the girl had a future with the conviction with which she sang. Loved, Be Complacent.
Before the second act came on I saw the lady from the bathroom que on stage and realised that she was Luiz, the second act for the evening. She was performing as a duo with her partner Pedro, and they both were from Portuguese. She sang 2 Portuguese songs that were very mellifluous and then she got out her viola (an instrument similar to a violin but it is deeper and bigger) She had a funny personality and mentioned that she is also a music teacher. The 2 songs played on the viola were written by Pedro and they both were absolutely beautiful! I didn’t quite catch the names of the songs because they were in Portuguese but non the less I thoroughly enjoyed their music!
The last and final act was Zenguin, like Penguin but with a Z. Their genre was electronic Rock and I
Sofar sounds truly offers you a perfect evening filled with everything you could wish for, specially is you are a music lover/ appreciator.