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Goan spring in your step

Members of A26 band  

If you love to dance, here’s an opportunity to sizzle on the dance floor. Hard Rock Café sets the stage for Goan band A26’s jams.

“We play music two hours without a break; We hope the audience comes with energy unlimited,” smiles Lester Rodrigues. The nine-year-old power-packed band plays all genres of music — from Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Guns n Roses to Bollywood rock and has travelled across the country and abroad with their repertoire of tunes. Besides the lead singer/guitarist Lester, the group includes Chrystal Farrell (lead singer), Joe Pereira (drums), player Alfin Fernandes (keyboard/trumpet), Marwino D Costo (bass guitar / flute), Grayston Vaz (lead guitar) and Agnelo Mascarenhas (keyboard).

The members look forward to their show in Hyderabad as they have never performed in a public show before here . “We also bring Hindi rock specially for Hyderabad,” they cheer adding, “The audience should come prepared to not sit down as there will be non-stop dancing. We want all of them on the floor.”

Lester shares the story behind their name A26. “We went through many names; The name A26 that we chose was the house number in Calangute where we would rehearse; We sold the house last year and moved out but retained the name of the band.” If they are not travelling, the members meet every Monday and Thursday to jam together and rehearse.

With an average of 16 shows a month, the members have a hectic lifestyle and do more shows outside Goa. “Most of the time we sleep during our flight,” he smiles. One of the highlights is the energy and the spontaneous selection of songs in the gig. “We never have a list of songs. We see the crowd’s mood and energy and sing what the crowd wants.”

The Goan atmosphere has had a positive influence on their music. “All of us are from Goa and since our young days, music has played a significant part in our lives,” he shares adding the music scene in the state is competitive with many music music bands. “We practice more to be better than the rest.”

Speaking about the changing music scenario in Goa, Lester points out that earlier, Goan bands would not play Bollywood music, but things have changed now. “Most of the tourists who come to Goa want to listen to Bollywood music and the bands have adapted to it and sing the popular songs.”

The last few months have been very productive for the band as they look forward to musical months ahead.

(A26 from Goa performs for Saturday Night Live! on September 15 from 9 pm onwards at Hard Rock Café at GVK One Mall. Tickets:

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Printable version | May 7, 2021 3:08:28 AM |

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