Just the word evokes images of sun, sand, sea, and sanguine indulgence. Add music and a weekend to the mix and you have the makings of a really good time. Then to that, add the joy of giving back—and you have Goa Rhythm & Blues Festival.
After Kasauli, Goa!
After the immense success and cult status that Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival has achieved, we wanted to take that same experience to other parts of India and get more people to connect with our cause—supporting the treatment of critically ill, under-privileged children. We did an informal poll with our supporters and realised that Goa was the first choice!
The lives that ignite the spark
As days progressed, bands, supporters and partners joined us one by one (see all their details here). The proceeds of the event would go into supporting the treatment of 15 critically ill children (meet these children here).
After months of preparation and anticipation, the days of the event—October 30 and 31, came. The sun was showing off its might as the bands due to perform on day 1 did their rehearsals and sound checks. The buzz in the air was palpable—we were on to something good!
Day 1: What a beginning!
Opening the festival, Herman Abreo Blues Band, got the Goa in GoaRnB going. Herman’s blues blended with the setting sun to give the festival the true Goa languid beginning. By the time he wound up his performance, Herman had reeled the audience into the Festival’s mood.
Herman was followed by Aviv Pareira Project, which for the first time joined hands to perform with British acoustic artist Spencer Maybe Pearce. Together they upped the ante of the evening by infusing energy into the audience.
Changing the tone, Divine Raaga brought in some Indian flavour to the proceedings. From the monkey madness of Bura Na Dekho, Bura Na Bolo to the lilt of Des, and then segueing into Bollywood classics, they got the audience to their feet.
And then came Soulmate, that bluer than blue band from that treasure chest called Shillong. Soulmate really got our souls engaged. To build on one of their songs—Blues was their business and business was good!
Closing the spectacular day, Sun turned the event venue into one giant dance floor as he belted out electronic mixes of classic rock and pop numbers.
Day 2: What a day!
If the first day was about blues, folk and dance, Day 2 started on the same note, with Bangalore band MoonArra. Ministry of Blues played the classics and hit the highs with Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. They gave way to The Doors of Perception, who brought the spirit of Jim Morrison to Goa.
And then the skies opened up. The festival had stirred up the weather Gods, who came down with all their might. But that just made things really interesting. With the help of venue partner Vivanta By Taj Fort Aguada, we shifted the excitement to a covered part of the hotel, where after a warm up, Shilpa Rao unleashed her magical voice on the audience. From Maula Mere Maula Mere to Mudi Mudi, Dhol Yara Dhol to Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, Yaariyaan to English Vinglish, Shilpa got everyone dancing, singing and ending the Festival on a crescendo.
Thank you and see you next year!
As the wrapped up, we all went home with a smile on our faces, doubly wide because we knew that there were 15 lives that would get their smiles back too!
What more can we say, but thank you to the bands, the partners, the supporters, and the people that all came together for this truly spectacular debut of GoaRnB. We leave you with these words of appreciation by some of them:
Some thank you notes…
It was a wonderful feeling to be part of Genesis Foundation first R&B festival in Goa. We were touched by your warmth and hospitality. You and the team from encompass extended personal warmth and courtesy to all the musicians and that makes all the difference. The work that you are committed to is inspiring.
– Jaggi and all of us from MoonArra
Neil and I had a great weekend. We are very pleased and happy to support the foundation and be involved.
– John Gillman – Fitbit
We did make a lot of new friends – thanks to GoaRnB We’re extremely fulfilled we were a part of this wonderful cause! We wish GF the very best!
– Divine Raaga
Thank u for having us and always count on our support. We loved the sound venue and especially the VIP treatment we received from u and the guys from the team – Much love and keep up the great work!
– Aviv Pereira
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