Chilling with Nekhvam

Kathmandu:

The Capital welcomed the weekend on March 30 with two music concerts — Mukut’s performance and Nekhvam’s rendezvous for a cause. Both were crowd pullers, and no one regretted having attended these events.

It was an unforgettable evening at 1905 as Nekhvam made their fans go bluesy all over again. And what a performance!

Nekhvam Rendezvous together with CCSV-Nepal (Centre for Cultural Studies and Volunteering Nepal) in cooperation with Filipino Society in Nepal (FSN) had organised a concert ‘Blues for a Cause’ to raise funds for children of Bal Kalyan Kendra, and five other children sponsored by CCSV-Nepal.

Though the audience were appreciative of the band Resonance’s performance, they were eager to be swayed by Nekhvam, dubbed as the only surviving blues band in Nepal.

And Nekhvam did not disappoint their fans. They entertained the audience with their foot tapping numbers from their first album Free Spirit. As they say good things come in small packages, lead guitarist and vocalist Asesh Dangol, looked the perfect example. Strumming the strings and coaxing it to give life to mesmerising music, he was able to cast a spell that held the crowd spellbound. Along with playing a few of their popular numbers, they also played Purple Haze by Jimmi Hendrix.

The FSN, not to be left behind, presented some very interesting traditional Filipino dances.

Nekhvam took over the stage again and charmed the crowd with numbers like Come and hold me tight, Dark cloud all over the sky and Sachai ho from their upcoming album.

Veteran musician Dev Gurung, who was among audience, jammed with the band on the band’s request and of course on public demand and belted out a powerful I’m going home.

The children from Bal Kalyan were also present. The special song I like to prepared by the band for the children was performed while the children joined them on stage holding lit candles.

The night was still young, when the evening came to an end with Nekhvam singing Steppen Wolf’s classic Born to be Wild The Doors’ Roadhouse Blues.

Rocking to Mukut’s beats

The progressive rock band Mukut is back after a break. They last performed on stage while closing for Bombay Viking last year. Their concert at the Eden Garden, Kathamandu was one of its kind.

Cool breeze, bird’s eye view of the Capital and the setting sun created the perfect ambience for the people gathered there to listen to them.

The death metal band, Night, opened the concert with their head banging music, which was enjoyed by the crowd. The band was successful in scaring some of the kids present there with their music and vocalist Ranav’s voice (to some extent). But seeing their enthusiasm and keen interest in the music, it won’t be a surprise if those kids grow up to be metal lovers.

It was a pleasant surprise to see quite a number of families present at the concert.

Mukut opened their act with their very popular number Kathmandu Blues and the title song from their first album Marabhumi. They also sang two new songs from their up coming album Rainbow and Tara, and ended their show with Danda Mathi and Rock and Roll.

Sugam Pokharel and Om Bikram Bista also lent their support to the concert with their ever-popular songs. The crowd enjoyed Sathi and Maan ko bandh, whereas Bista with his classic Ma Maunta Ma filled the air with romance. He also made everyone move with his Ko ho tyo. The event, which as organised by Mukut in association KTM Card, ended with a dance party which was enjoyed by all.