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Level 9, the band from Delhi, infused life into the evening at Café Morrison

Everybody has his own way of expressing freedom. While many of us celebrated our country’s 60 years of independence through classical performances and patriotic songs, Café Morrison decided to celebrate it the other way – playing rock music. The pub organised an event titled ‘Freedom Rock’, where they brought popular bands from the city to perform in front of a crowd that loved their music.

The place was packed to capacity as drinks and snacks flowed freely, while smoke filled the air. And setting the mood of the evening was Delhi’s popular Blues band, Level 9. Their energy packed performance sent the crowd into a frenzy, complete with head banging and foot tapping. The interesting mix of classical violin with Western instruments definitely found many takers. Since it’s not often that ones get to hear a female lead vocalist, Michelle was a pleasure to listen to. Anirudh, Adhiraj, Nikhil, Clarence, Vishal and Prasun were the other members of the band.

The two-hour gig was packed with some original compositions along with covers from other bands like Steely Dan and Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV). Some of their original compositions include “Mad About You”, “Another Level”, “Different Shades of Blue” and “All That Jazz”, while “The Telephone Song” and “Pride n Joy” were covers of SRV. They chose to perform Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic” and “Josie”, to much applause.

“We weren’t prepared to sing songs that talk about freedom, as we weren’t aware of the theme till we reached the place. But it wasn’t much of an issue as all our compositions talk about freedom in a different sense,” said Anirudh, the founder, the lead guitarist as well as the manager.

MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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