Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Shankar Ehsaan Loy's long awaited US tour is here!

There is reason for fans of Indian music in the US to rejoice this summer. Shankar Ehsaan Loy will be here for a series of dates that will see them start on the East Coast, criss-cross over America and finish in August in Boston. If you aren't in one of the big metros that will feature on of their concerts, hopefully you'll be close enough to one.

There are some really good reasons to catch them live this summer.

SEL, made up of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa, are one of India's most original music composers. Each of them are accomplished musicians in their own right. But its their unique styles that powers their distinctive sound. When SEL composes songs, you can expect to hear modern arrangements with a very Indian flavor. They'll do rock, blues, dance, ballads and Hindustani with ease, often blending several of these genres in one song (London Dreams). When you least expect it, they'll stick to just one genre and produce a memorable chart buster, be it rock (Rock On!!) or pop (Wake Up Sid).

They are at the top of their game. SEL's success has made them highly in-demand composers (they also produce their songs). They are right behind A R Rahman in terms of musical credibility in Indian films. In terms of chartbusting success, they duke it out with Pritam for the #2 spot. Most importantly, they are voracious concert performers. Their act is finely honed, rousing and entertaining.

They get by with a little help from their friends. SEL will be joined by three notable singers: Shafqat Amanat Ali, Richa Sharma and Mahalaxmi Iyer, the latter two of which are among my favorites.

To get you warmed up:

Maha unleashes her inner rebel on Ni Mai Yaar Manana Ni
Richa belts out one of my favorite songs Maahi Ve
Shafqat performs the immersive Aakhon Ke Saagar
Shankar and Ehsaan talk about their US tour

July 17: New Jersey. Tix: (201) 805-9426
July 18: Toronto Sky Dome. Tix: Mohinder Singh, Eglinton Carpet (416) 783-1141 / (416) 407-0000
July 23: Chicago Rosemont Theatre. Tix: Sahil & LA Tan (773) 764-7576
July 24: SFO Oakland Arena. Tix: Mehta Entertainment (510) 785-2300 or (877) 445-8517
July 30: Washington D.C. Constitution Hall. Tix: Menu Sabharwal (703) 989-1289
July 31: Dallas Garland Special Event Center. Tix: Mehta Production (972) 971-9095 or (972) 398-3828

August 1: Los Angeles The Forum. Tix: Mehta Entertainment (877) 445-8517 or (510) 785-2300
August 6: Houston Berry Center. Tix: Rajinder Singh, StarPromotions (281) 345-4500
August 7: Atlanta. Tix: Raheem Paracha (770) 899-4737
August 8: Boston. Stay tuned for details.


Kanan said...

Cool! glad to know they're going to be in SFO. Hope & wish I can go.

Anonymous said...

Hey I just went to the show in NJ - Here's my review - http://chunnibabu.wordpress.com
. The show was phenomenal and exceeded all my expectations.

Sidekick said...

Aspi, coming out of hibernation briefly to say a quick thanks to you for letting us know about the SEL tour. Just got back from the Boston show which was absolutely fantastic. I'm still reeling from the impact.

While I'm here, congrats on going mainstream with your blog on the Times of India. Another round of thanks for the II5 posts - again wouldn't have bothered with the show but for your comments. A very fun ride - surprisingly good singers and lots of BW masti. I'll miss Swaroop's sneakily impish charm and nok jhok with the judges in this last week of the show.

Unknown said...

Sidekick, always a pleasure to hear from you. And I'm glad you made it out to SEL's show. I had to miss the Chicago date because of travel :(

Yes I did enjoy II5 this season. SRGMP starts soon with Vishal and Shekhar. That's good. And Daler. That just sounds loopy. Will have to watch at least a bit to see how it goes.

Sidekick said...

aah.... that's too bad coz you missed a real treat. SEL were at the top of their game. didn't realize Shankar was such a master showman. His ability to generate audience rapport was tremendous - even if it did result in that awful besura audience chorus of Mitwa :P

despite the superlative talent, SRGMP is wearisome thanks to its format. The constant saas bahu drama, mentor oneupmanship and awful hard luck stories drain my enjoyment of the wonderful singing. I'll wait to read your posts and maybe as with II5 I'll be tempted to watch :)

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