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Hendrix Experience brews in cafe
- Legendary singer-guitarist’s birth anniversary to be celebrated today

Nov. 26: Everyone who ever wondered why the month-old café near Down Town Hospital calls itself what it does, head there tomorrow.

Café Hendrix has set the stage for the Jimi Hendrix Experience — sights and sounds included.

The café will celebrate the 65th birth anniversary of the legendary singer-guitarist tomorrow, with the motive of uniting the Northeast.

City-based band Casino Blues, whose musical aspirations were recently given the stamp of appreciation on an all-India platform, will strum up the essence of Hendrix at the café. All time favourites from Hendrix’s album Are You Experienced will set the tone for the evening. Interactive games will liven up the scene. A prayer meeting will also be held to mark the occasion.

“Music breaks down all barriers and it is music that we want use as a tool to unite the Northeast and restore peace,” Syed Wazid Ahmed, the owner of the cafe said. The café, located near Down Town Hospital, opened its doors to the public on October 15.

A magazine, Stone Free, will be released tomorrow, while a Hendrix fan club is in the offing.

“There are thousands of Hendrix fans in Guwahati and the region. The idea behind a fan club is to have a common platform,” Ahmed said.

Though the celebrations will be a small affair, everyone’s invited — at a nominal cost. “We have fixed a nominal price for Hendrix fans and for anyone who is interested to be a part of the celebrations. Since the seating capacity is limited, we had to fix a price to control the crowd from swelling,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed, who swears by Hendrix himself, said stars from the music scene of the sixties are still popular in the city and the region as a whole. “Not only the elderly people who have grown up during those decades, but a huge section of the youths here is very well acquainted with rock stars of the yesteryears,” he said.

Ahmed said the idea of a fan club was triggered by the rock star’s fan following in the Northeast. “Our initiative to float such a club has received tremendous response from fans. The idea was welcomed particularly in Meghalaya and Nagaland, where rock music of the sixties is still the in thing,” he said.

Guwahati — the nerve centre of the region — will be the ideal base for the club, Ahmed hopes.

Decades may have passed, transforming musical trends, but Hendrix rocks. Music lovers in the city will jam to that tomorrow.

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