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    Starting this week, a festival at The Savera gets famous and offbeat musicians to perform

    Ten days of music. That’s what Bay 146 at the Savera Hotel is promising Chennai this month. With a different act every Wednesday and Friday, and names as big as Sanjeev Thomas and Sunitha Sarathy — it looks like weeknights at this restobar are going to be seeing a full house. Food and beverage manager Sampath Kumar, who’s been planning The Mainstage for over a month now, says, “In the past we’ve had stand up comedy nights, open mic music sessions and international bands perform at our space.” However, he adds, “An entire month of music with musical acts flying in pan-India is a first for us.”

    So here is the rest of the line up: Thermal and a Quarter, Live Banned, Allegro Fudge, Franks got the Funk, Seven, Skrat and the F16s. And if you’re not familiar with the names, not to worry — you’re guaranteed to know the music. Think popular covers of Daft Punk, Michael Jackson and John Mayer, but with a personalised twist. Says piano man Jason Zachariah from Bengaluru’s Allegro Fudge, “We do a really dark, slow ballad version of Billie Jean (MJ) and definitely watch out for our rendition of Superstition (Stevie Wonder).”
    We hear there’s going to be a liberal dose of original compositions as well. Not to mention some crazy rock antics on stage. “Oh my pants fell down on stage once,” smiles Ameeth Thomas, frontman of Junkyard Groove. He laughs, “So these days I always plan which boxers I’m going to wear before I get on stage!”

    Till April 11, from 9 pm onwards. Details: 28114700, 9710947363

    -Sonali Shenoy

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