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S2E6: Prabir Mehta on Liner Notes

Prabir Mehta on why Richmond rocks and how his time at Gallery5 was special.

Richmond rocker Prabir Mehta sits down in the HearRVA studio to discuss creating and performing with The Prabir Trio, what he first attached to after arriving in the United States as a child and what he’s most proud of from his time at Gallery5 Arts.

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Prabir Mehta Pop-Up Liner Notes (Season 2, Episode 6)

2.6.1) Get Tight Lounge is a new restaurant in the Richmond neighborhood called the Fan, that's well known for its pit beef and live music. It's run by Drew Schlegel and Randy O’Dell who formerly ran Fuzzy Cactus and En Su Boca, respectively.

2.6.2) Ram Jhula is a suspension bridge over the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India.

2.6.3) Haanji is the full length debut album of Prabir Trio. Prabir Trio includes Prabir Mehta alongside Kelli Strawbridge, Kenneka Cook, and Russell Lacy.

2.6.4) The Newlin Music Prize celebrates the best album from the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area each year and awards a prize of $1,000 to its winner. In 2022, Haanji was featured on the short list of nominees.

2.6.5) Prabir and The Substitutes played together from 2005-2009 and Goldrush played together from 2009-2018.

2.6.6) ​​Hourglass Sessions is a community music platform that releases video performances of Richmond artists. Prabir Trio decided to turn their session into a live EP. Watch the 9-5 Video Performance.

2.6.7) Alley Katz was a nightclub and live music venue in Shockoe Bottom that closed in 2011.

2.6.8) The Rachel Nevadas were another band of Prabir's, named for the settlement closest to Area 51.

2.6.9) Gallery5 is a non-profit music venue, art gallery, and community hub in Jackson Ward.

2.6.10) Prabir Trio, No BS! Brass Band, & The Sweet Potatoes performed on April 7, 2023 to celebrate 18 years of Gallery5 and the end of Prabir's time as their board chair.

2.6.11) The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia is a state-recognized tribe whose ancestors lived in dispersed communities along the Nottoway River in present-day Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Nottoway, Sussex, and Southampton counties.

2.6.13) Hamilton Glass is an artist, designer, and creator of the Mending Walls mural project in Richmond, VA. and

2.6.14) Mickael Broth, also known as The Night Owl (as well as Solomon Rosedale, William R. Turn, Rosie Dale, among other nom de plumes), is a Richmond, Virginia-based artist, muralist, sculptor, and writer.

2.6.15) Amrit Singh is an architech at Fultz & Singh.

2.6.16) Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.

2.6.17) Prabir's Grandmother, Hansa Bhachech, inspired "Slowly" on the album Haanji

HearRVA Liner Notes with Prabir Mehta, Elijah Hedrick, Rian Moses Hedrick, Clark Moeller, Tyler Blankinship, Max Ross, Mel Lassiter, Gordy Michael, Alex Bolton and Jai Hedrick

Episode Credits


Host / Creative Director: Elijah Hedrick

Floor Director / Lead Artist: Rian ‘Holy’ Moses

Director: Alex Bolton

Editor: Ian Ramprashad

Videographer: Melvin Lassiter

Audio Engineer: Clark Moeller

Guest Services: Max Ross

Photography / Additional Music: Gordy Michael

Graphics: Tyler Blankinship

Intern: Shiloh Tillman

Gofer: Jai Hedrick

Production: Tyler Scheerschmidt

Special Thanks to GAAP Dynamics

Short Animations

Don Jonathan Webb: / @djothn

Music Credits

"Liner Notes Theme" by Ant The Symbol

'Liner Notes' was created and produced by HearRVA LLC

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