"..old school blues at its finest by way of India.  And the lad has soul to spare." 
Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues

Let Me Get Closer, a brand new original featured on Aki Kumar's latest album Don't Hold Back was picked as BLUES BREAKER OF THE WEEK (week of April 5-6) by the legendary Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) himself!

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~ The Aki Kumar Blues Band at SCOPE - SEPT 17 ~ 

Thank you for the terrific support you have given me in recent times by coming out to my Bay Area shows and events.

I’d like to invite you to a unique multi-artist, multi-genre showcase in San Jose called Scope  later this month. The event takes place at  hip downtown venue called Motif Lounge on Wed. Sept. 17th from 8PM-12AM (doors at 7:30PM, 21+, dress code - cocktail attire - www.rawartists.org/sanjose/scope). Scope features musical performances, fashion shows, an art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist - all artists are local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at the event.

I will be performing a short set that evening, from 9-9:35pm, and I’m very excited about presenting my hard-hitting blues to an audience of 400+ attendees!

Tickets are only $15. I would really like you to attend this truly awesome showcase and so I’m happy to offer a free copy of my latest album “Don’t Hold Back” to anyone that purchases a ticket through the link below.

You can purchase tickets right from my RAW artist profile: www.rawartists.org/akikumar (Click on the “Buy a Ticket for this Artist” link).

Please Note- The deadline for ticket purchases through this link is Sept 10th - so please don’t wait until the last minute to get yours!

THANK YOU and I hope to see you on Sept 17 :)

* NEW REVIEW for my debut album Don't Hold Back * 

Aki Kumar | Don't Hold Back

Akarsha "Aki" Kumar is, just after a few short years, one of the most compelling, and busiest, musicians in California, and certainly on the Bay Area scene.

Whether that be backing up any number of live groups, recording with other artists in studio, hosting jams, or finding & performing the right material for his own burgeoning career, Kumar is a force on the blues world.

An absolute devotee of 50's Chicago mainstay, Little Walter Jacobs, Kumar is a dedicated student of the harmonica, and brilliant on it to boot.  His remarkable voice is strong, steady and always in service to the songs he's singing.

The title track of this terrific indy is one of the strongest on the recording, and that's saying a lot, as the whole CD just brims with musical riches. While writing or co-writing only three cuts on the 13-track, Kumar has more than chosen well the other songs on the album. But my, has he chosen well.

He also has the pleasure, and great fortune of recording here with some of the very best players in Northern California.  Recorded at soon-to-be famed Greaseland Studios in Campbell, CA, and produced by Kumar and the seemingly omnipresent Chris "Kid" Andersen (guitarist with Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and owner of Greaseland,) Kumar's first solo effort holds forth with an avalanche of attitude and pure blues power.

It's playful as well. Have you ever heard a blues solo on sitar?  Neither has Aki! Just listen to the delightful reading of the final track on the album, "Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh," done in a pure 60's R&B-style. (Great vocal backing by Ms. Lisa Leuschner Andersen on this one too!)

As good and accomplished as Kumar's vocals are, one of the standout tracks on the album is the guest spot delivery by Little Jonny Lawton in his own composition, "Freight Train." Kumar's harmonica also just lights up this sensational track.

This Eastern-Indian born, and now Bay Area native has made a lot of musical friends on the scene, and now you're about to become one soon.

Just a fine, fine effort, fully realized, and blues-wailing. Run, don't walk to get it.

Joseph Jordan
Vice President
The Golden Gate Blues Society
 Website photos by ShotByRachel.