Renegades 2006

Few months ago when I was coming up to Shillong, I knew I was heading the right direction when the driver turned on his sound system and it was English music. (in relation to drivers in Sikkim, Kalimpong, Darjeeling where the music is mostly Hindi and Nepali.)
But I had not had a chance to catch some live music yet… until last Wednesday at Renegades 2006, Laban Basketball Court.
From budding rockers to veteran musicians, it was one heck of a free event that brought the tribes together. I think I say “tribes together” because Shillong feels very segregated despite of its “cosmoppolitan” brand in the Northeast. It is a melting pot to the untrained eye… there are so many tribal groups walking to Police Bazar but very different from so many ethnic groups walking in New York City. There is a definite line between “us” and “them” but on Wednesday everybody was rocking out and it was so rock and roll…
Shillong’s very own Bob Dylan (sorry, I don’t have his pic) performed attired in his tiny jean shorts and two different colored football socks.
Shillong’s Shakira had an amazing voice and quite the twist.
“Native Rising” hailed from Nagaland but the best was undoubtedly “The Next Band,” (pictured below) who were kinda like phoren-style “Los Lonely Boys.” They were amazing!!!

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