As Bollywood is busy dominating entire nation there are still live music fans who waits for the weekend to find out time from their busy schedule to attend live music gigs and shake their legs with groovy music.
As the weekend is gearing up. We got you top 10 places of Mumbai which will let you explore the Indian live music near you and if you are a true live music lover, then, we are sure don’t want to miss out Indie, EDM, alternative rock and some other unconventional genres of music… aside from the usual mainstream Bollywood stuff.
Tuesdays through Thursdays are typically reserved for rock, jazz and world music, while Fridays and Saturdays are electronica nights. The Frog also has a role in promoting India’s non-Bollywood music scene, hosting a metal night one Sunday every month and an hour-long 7.30pm slot to aspiring singer-songwriters on weeknights.
Hard Rock cafe
Mumbai is a city alive with the rhythm of life. Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is a world hub of culture, music, and film. Where better to capture the spirit of thriving Mumbai than in the home of music – Hard Rock Cafe. India’s very first Hard Rock Cafe, the Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai Worli is the ideal venue for a night out with friends or family. Featuring two stages able to hold simultaneous performances, our 6,000-square-foot space can seat up to 169 guests for an unforgettable good time.
The iconic Mehboob Studios, founded in 1954 by prominent Hindi film producer and director Mehboob Khan (best known for the Oscar-nominated 1957 film Mother India), was first made available to rent for cultural events only as recently as November 2010, when Khan’s sons agreed to let the British Council host artist Anish Kapoor’s first exhibition in the city of his birth. The chief beneficiary of this decision to rent out the studios for purposes other than movie making (Bollywood films continue to be shot here) was Mumbai’s music scene.
From the lilting melodies of a vocal concert and the sweet strains of a veena recital to the graceful movements of a Bharatanatyam dancer, from the joyful gathering of parents of a local school to a large and important political convention, from the august performance of an internationally acclaimed orchestra to the annual meeting of a business house, Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium has been a silent witness to all, over the years.
If you feel like escaping the frenetic pace of Mumbai but can’t actually leave the city, Bonobo bar in Bandra is a suitable place to find some salvation. Enjoy relaxing with a cocktail, without any pretenses, and just be yourself.
Bonobo is divided into two areas — an outdoor dining area, and an enclosed air conditioned lounge area where a DJ spins tunes. The decor, in tones of beige, brown and green, successfully creates a jungle ambiance without being tacky.
National Centre Of Performing Arts
Mumbai’s premier cultural venue, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) boasts both an eclectic programme of events and a wide range of performance spaces – from the 285-capacity black-box Experimental Theatre to the regal Jamshed Bhabha Theatre. Considered the hub of western classical music in the city, the NCPA founded the Symphony Orchestra of India in 2006. Under the directorship of Kazakh violinist Marat Bisengaliev, the SOI stages two sets of “celebrity” concerts – featuring such big-ticket names as Karl Jenkins and Tamas Vasary – every February and September
The Little Door
Every Tuesday you can catch acoustic performances by bands and singer-songwriters at The Little Door. Usually there is one opening act followed by a one to one-and-a-half performance by the main act. Food is average, but the crowd that gathers in the inside area for bands definitely comes here for the music. And, entry is free!
3 Wise Monkey
While the venue doesn’t draw too many well-known bands and the food and service could be improved, it definitely gets packed on gig nights. Bands such as Crossfire, Snowblind and Wajood have performed at this cozy little venue.
Not Just Jazz By The Bay
This restaurant/bar has a wonderful waterfront location and an intriguing set of steps that are made to resemble a piano. As its name suggests, the genre of music at this place is not just limited to jazz. Bands also play blues, rock, and sometimes even county and western. Although this is a great place to hear live music, better food can be found at the pizzeria next door
F Bar and Lounge
F Lounge.Diner.Bar pays a tribute to the world of fashion and luxury, with dedicated spaces, impeccable cuisine, a stunning bar menu, praise worthy musical acts and above all the exquisite ambience enveloping you in the glitz and glamour of the most vivid dining and lounge experience.