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AKI GOES TO BOLLYWOOD

Categorized as: Nightlife & Entertainment
Event tags: Live Music

Description:

“An unprecedented mashup of Retro Bollywood Music & American Blues”

Aki Kumar - harmonica/ vocals

Andrew Guterman - drums

Vance Ehlers - bass

Rome Yamilov - guitar

Jim Pugh - keyboard

"Really really really hot stuff... it is a barn burner." Elwood Blues aka Dan Aykroyd

Aki Kumar is no stranger to living double lives. The now professional harmonica player grew up in Mumbai, India and studied traditional Hindustani music at the age of 9 years old.

The pursuit of a college degree in the USA landed him at San Jose State in California in 1999, followed by a steady “day job” as a software engineer.

But, by night, Aki had begun exploring and hanging out at blues clubs in the SF Bay Area, and was especially drawn to the wailing, toneful sound of the blues harmonica.

He soon began performing his own brand of Chicago blues at local venues and is now hailed as one of the top rising stars of the West Coast Blues scene.

2016 marks a milestone for Aki as he’s spent half his life in India and half in the United States. His debut album for Little Village Foundation, Aki Goes To Bollywood, is a true representation of his musical DNA — classic 1950s/60s Bollywood and down-home American blues.

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