first_imgJimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys reinvented the traditional, Jimi Hendrix Experience vibe with its unique mosaic of sound and integrative acoustics. The original live recordings showcased a harmonious groove, led by Billy Cox‘s powerful guitar, Buddy Miles‘s percussion, and overall vocal mastery. This past weekend, Roosevelt Collier, along with Dopapod members Rob Compa and Chuck Jones and TAUK’s Isaac Teel, led a vibrant Band of Gypsys tribute at New York City’s American Beauty.Collier, a pedal-steel maestro and Hendrix aficionado, immersed the venue in rich, late 60’s era jams. As the industry heavyweight dazzled the intimate venue, each crowd goer was awed in his outstanding craft. Collier provides a sound that is truly soulful, rhythmic, and indicative of his remarkable talent. Compa (Guitar) and Jones (Bass) evinced their inventive sound while encapsulating Cox’s trademark Band of Gypsys feel. The duo approached Cox’s string-filled prominence in their prolific instrumentals that boast contemporary sound. Teel presented pure percussion mastery that assumed a unique approach to the craft with surprise vocals and respectful nods to Miles’s old-school talent. Collectively, each artist pursued his mastery in a compilation of groovy jams that paid serious homage to the infamous live album.The Band of Gypsys led the night with a setlist boasting tracks, “Who Knows,” “Changes,” “We Gotta Live Together,” and “Foxy Lady,” to name a few. While Collier soaked the evening in an upbeat atmosphere led by poetic steel driven notes, “Who Knows,” fluttered throughout the room in a vintage and psychedelic feel. Teel led the tune in his vocals, an instrument on its own, belting, “She didn’t know/ And she didn’t care/ She didn’t know/ She didn’t care/ And she go walking/ Down the street singing.” The robust tones of Teel’s vocals led the crowd into the infamous lyrics to later come together in harmony. Collective hymns are integral to the tune and indicative of the crowds’ undeniable enthusiasm. The band led the jam into, “Changes,” another track from the live album. Collier rendered the formerly dark and jammy track into a slow and harmonious rendition with impressive vocals. As opposed to emphasizing heavy instrumentals, the band illuminated its soulful side with intoxicating lyrics. Teel chanted, “It’s alright baby/ Yeah it’s alright,” while Collier laced the track with fluttering notes and contributive vocals. The delightful chorus hardened throughout the room in its dark and soulful haze. In true Jimi Fashion, Collier pronounced, “We’d like you to clap your hands,” as the crowd clapped and cheered the band drew out a thick jam that was brought into, “We Gotta Live Together.” The crowd cheered as Teel belted, “Home sweet home! Home sweet home!” giving American Beauty a sense that New York can be home to any who are in tune to admire.Intense bass took center stage as Jones dug out a ravine for guitarist prominence, complimented by Compa’s penetrating notes. Bass ensued, immersing American Beauty in an instrumental haze. Collier prompted the crowd, pressing, “Is everyone having a good time out there?!” as the crowd was clearly responsive in their cheers, he threw a head nod to the late Hendrix, proclaiming, “Enjoy this Jimi!” Compa and Jones continued in their guitarist prowess, caressed by Teel’s sound. A slow rendition of, “Fire” encompassed the room while Teel belted, “Let me stand/ Let me stand/ Let me stand next to your fire.” This slow and sexy rendition of the traditionally excited track had the entire crowd slow dancing and singing along to the enticing lyrics.Collier prompted the crowd with the night’s last song, an essential Jimi tune, “Foxy Lady.” Amongst the bands’ head nods, strums, and jamming that constructing this high energy cover, Compa poured his both his instrumental and vocal talent into its composition. Compa belted, “I’ve made up my mind/ I’m tired of wasting all my precious time/ You got to be all mine/ Foxy.” As Compa roared the sultry lyrics, the room was filled with a delightful, nostalgic haze that is beautifully trademark to the Jimi Hendrix sound. The night came to a close as the track struck a harmonious chord. American Beauty was immersed in the jam-driven, sensual vibe led by “Foxy.” The tune laid down a warm glow that bounced off the venue’s walls and christened the night with infectious smiles.Check out full audio from the night below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.last_img read more


first_imgWhen he began his ascension to the throne of Dilli, Narendra Modi brought some sheen to the humble half-sleeve kurta. By the time he won the 2014 election handsomely, the kurta came to be known as Modi kurta. But as we approach the next big battle in 2019, Prime Minister Modi is making an unlikely accessory the next sartorial star.The gamchha, gamucha, gomcha… however you spell it, the multipurpose piece of cloth, often chequered and sometimes plain, has cast a spell on the leader of the nation. In his recent exercise routine video, he was seen with one. And on International Yoga Day, he was lost in asanas with the gamchha around his neck. His favourite clearly is the Ahomiya red and white. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on International Yoga Day 2018 in DehradunBut if someone deserves the credit for pulling up the gamchha from the level of a poor man’s towel to a coveted accessory, it has to be Amitabh Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan with the gamchha in a still from Kajra ReThe superstar famously danced to Kajra Re in 2009 alongside bahu Aishwarya Rai and son Abhishek in Bunty Aur Babli with the gamchha. The humble gamchha found overnight fame. Akshay Kumar with his gamchha in Tashan, alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali KhanAkshay Kumar did drape it around his head in 2008’s Tashan, but his tashan had to wait a year to become the order of the day, that happened with Big B’s Kajra Re.advertisementGAMCHHA GAMEThe word ‘gamchha’ is Bangla for ‘wiping your body’.Anurag Kashyap took the gamchha to the French Riviera in 2012.PM Modi’s favourite gamchha is clearly the Ahomiya red and white one.In 2009, Shah Rukh Khan’s fashion was also synonymous with his gamchha. He sported the cloth in many colours and designs and made it an accessory to reckon with. The Zara ‘lungi’ worth Rs 6,000 that doubles up as a gamchhaBrands lapped up this handloom towel and put hefty price tags on them. From high-street fashion brand Zara that is more to do with Westerns, to FabIndia that has its roots in India, the gamchha penetrated the wardrobes of the white-collared and well-heeled. The Rajesh Pratap Singh ‘gamchha jacket’ that is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in LondonWhat was known as the working-class male’s go-to accessory in the East, moved West and got itself a permanent place in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, thanks to designer Rajesh Pratap Singh. The gamchha jacket from his Spring/Summer 2009 collection was showcased at an exhibition of Indian textiles in London in 2015. Antonio Banderas and Bibi RussellIn 2010, the gamchha saw its first taste of world domination. When Bangladeshi fashion designer Bibi Russell visited Spain, Spanish star Antonio Banderas let the gamchha take over. Antonio Banderas with his gamchhaHe took the gamchha with him to the stage while receiving an award at a film festival in Spain. Anurag Kashyap and Huma Qureshi at Cannes 2012That apart, the West’s first proper brush with the gamchha in recent times has to be director Anurag Kashyap’s masterstroke at the Cannes International Film Festival 2012.The entire cast, along with Kashyap himself, presented Gangs of Wasseypur at the prestigious film festival with the gamchha draped proudly around their necks. The cast and crew of Gangs of Wasseypur at Cannes International Film Festival 2012From a Huma Qureshi to French journalists interviewing the Gangs of Wasseypur cast, the gamchha was ubiquitous in media interactions and on the red carpet in 2012. The French Riviera got a taste of the humble gamchha. Salman Khan in Ek Tha TigerMove to Salman Khan. In August 2012, Khan revolutionised the humble gamchha. The gamchha went through a transformation. Like is usually the case with anything and everything Salman, the gamchha became the trend of the day. Salman Khan and the Keffiyeh, houndstooth scarfIn Ek Tha Tiger, Khan made both Keffiyeh or ghutrah – the chequered one in black-and-white, and the basic red-and-white one – fixtures on the runway when he danced to Mashallah with the accessory on his neck. Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from the Zero ‘Eid Special’ teaserAs recently as this Eid, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan both got their gamchha game on in the ‘Eid Special’ teaser of Shah Rukh’s upcoming film Zero. Theatre actor and director Aamir Raza HusainTheatre actor Aamir Raza Husain is inseparable from his red-and-white gamchha. Yogendra YadavThe political scene of the country has seen players like former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav with his gamchha. And of course, the Prime Minister.Gamchha is handy, it’s a bigger hanky and a smaller lungi (Yes, Zara, that’s lungi). You can wear it, wipe with it, sit or sleep on it, eat out of it and in bad times, use it as a weapon. So, go get your gamchha and do whatever you want to do with it, man.advertisement(The writer tweets as @ananya116)ALSO SEE: Bollywood announces death of the dupattaALSO SEE: On International Yoga Day 2018, Milind-Ankita and Karisma-Mandira show you how to stay fitALSO WATCH: Modi hits fashion overdrive for US triplast_img read more