Friday, May 02, 2008

The Blue Frog - very cool indeed

If you like live music, The Blue Frog is definitely a must-go-must-see place. They play an interesting and eclectic selection of stuff, and the club itself is a very cool place to just hang out.
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We went on a Wednesday night, after a classical Odissi and Bharatanatyam dance performance. What a contrast it was, to go from that sort of jasmine-and-kancheevaram event to this ultra-chic place!

The first that struck me about the Blue Frog was the seating. They have these little curvy lighted pods that you just sliiiiiiiiiiiiiide into. Feels very hip, gives you privacy and space and you still feel very connected. You need to reserve tables in advance though, because they fill up real fast.

This is the view from the other side, there is a long bar where you can hang out if you don't have a reservation.

The night we went, there was a band from Holland playing, called the Agog Trio. They had a nice chemistry between them, and came across as a team of friendly, energetic, experimentative players.

The food isn't really anything great, I tried some starters and gave up midway. My Thai Mojito had an interesting kick with ginger and coriander, but it was cloyingly sweet. The service was absolutely super, though.

The Blue Frog is more than just a restaurant that plays music. They have four sound recording labs, as well as music production facilities. They help launch records and they offer artist management services. Quite a welcome addition to the city's music scene.

The May program includes performances by both Indian and internatonal artistes. There's Pratz and the Blues Band from Calcutta, Montreaux Jazz Fest winner Leo Tardin, the interestingly named Silverchops (a jazz band from Pune), Alisha Bhatt (punk rock), Aurora Jane from Australia (funk rock with aboriginal twists), Cap'n Crunch (Mumbai-boy Floyd Fernandes plays what he calls "electro-jazz and clubtronic fusion", whatever that is!), and lots more.

Go check it out. I'm definitely going back there again.

4 comments:

Kievas said...

Sounds like fun!

Sooraj said...

Hi Deepa,
I have been in Mumbai for almost 2 years now, but I haven't been around much, mostly because I don't where these kind of concerts happen. Could you reply as in where the Blue Frog is? I'd love to attend a blues/jazz program.

Deepa Krishnan said...

Sooraj it is opposite Kamla Mills compaound in Lower Parel. Do you know where Big Bazaar is? Phoneix Mills? It is on the same road.

Guruprasad said...

never knew such a place existed here in mumbai! must check it out :)