On Thursday, the 29th of July 2010, Jersey Rhythms delivered a yet another successful multi-lingual concert for the Passaic County, NJ under the theme "Sounds of India" as a part of the county's summer 2010 concert series. It was one of its kind for JR in more than one sense. It was our first outdoor concert and also our first concert in front of such a diverse audience.
We started off the concert with A R Rahman's Oscar winning composition Jai Ho followed by another one of his vibrant hits Chaiyya Chaiyya. Going with the theme, the first half featured the diversity in Indian popular music genres, musical instruments and languages just as Chenthil articulated to the audience. To name a few, we performed Qawwali based Kajra Mohabbat Wala, Carnatic based Minsaara Poove and touched upon Western influences with Ab Ke Sawan and later Rock On. As with every one of our concerts, the second half was filled with foot-tapping & fast paced numbers like Kajra Re, Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Baba, Ram bam bam and Yengeyum Yeppodum which were awesomely accompanied by spectators dancing their pants-off (literally!!). It was an absolute delight to see the audience stay back till the very end, compliment and compare our performers and tunes to the Western counterparts.
With the weather playing it cool, it turned out to be a pleasant summer evening and a perfect fun-filled concert night! Thanks Passaic, we loved performing for you guys!
As we continue our journey of musical endeavors we are constantly looking at ways to improve the quality and variety of entertainment we provide. In this pursuit, we are happy to announce a new addition to our already mighty percussion team, Hareesh Menon!
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