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Monday April 28, 2014

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THE RETRO COOL OF DEVA MAHAL
By Erin Eastabrooks

Last Thursday night, Greenwich House Music School had their final performance in a month long tribute to Café au Go Go, celebrating what would have been their 50th Anniversary. Back in its heyday, the legendary café had welcomed such artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

Soul singer and all around vocal powerhouse, Deva Mahal, tore down the house in the true spirit of the original café. Any stiffness that existed in the intimate schoolhouse venue immediately vanished as Deva and her band broke into their smoldering soul and funk melodies.

Deva Mahal is the daughter of famed blues musician Taj Mahal. Growing up in what Deva calls a creative household, always inspired her towards artistic pursuits. A natural vocalist, Deva did not start singing until college when she started her first band called “Soul Project,”drawing from her earliest musical inspirations Lauren Hill, Mary J. Blige and Bill Withers.

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