| David (extreme left) and Gideon (second from right) of Dosser’s Urge with judges Rachel, Jeffrey, Neel and Rahul. Picture by Rashbehari Das
It was TGIF for music lovers at Tantra as the nightclub at The Park hosted the grand finale of Autumn Music Festival 2012. The annual event presented by the American Center saw the winners of the preliminary round representing Calcutta, Shillong and Siliguri prove their mettle by battling against each other.
itz the Band, Dosser’s Urge and Monopoly Syndroms belted out three tracks. The event saw American Center director Jeffrey K. Reneau, deputy director Rachel Sunden and city musicians Neel Adhikari and Rahul Guha Roy as judges.
The band from Shillong, Dosser’s Urge, kicked off the event with their original track Jinx followed by You’re Broke Again and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself by Flamingo. Up next was Calcutta finalist Blitz the Band and Monopoly Syndroms from Darjeeling, who raised the beat bar. The Monopoly Syndroms cover of John Mayer’s Gravity went down well with all the judges. In fact, the participants got unwavering support from the audience and the judges throughout the event.
“The Autumn Music Festival is a way for us to deepen people-to-people engagement with Calcutta and the Northeast through music. It is clear that there is no shortage of musical talent in this region!” said Jeff Reneau.
After a close contest, Dosser’s Urge was declared the winner of the third season of Autumn Music Festival. Monopoly Syndroms and Blitz the Band emerged first and second runners-up.
“Dosser’s Urge completely blew my mind! They executed the music so perfectly even without a bassist. There was no false moment in their performance,” said Neel.
The winners walked away with the trophy and a gift voucher worth Rs 25,000 from Roland, while the two runners-up bagged a gift voucher of Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 from Roland. The finalists also got the chance to perform at Someplace Else a day later.
“I am absolutely thrilled and happy. It feels good to win. One of our band members was not there today and we took this up as a challenge and gave our best performance. We will upgrade our band with the prize money that we won,” said vocalist David Kom from Dosser’s Urge.