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Jakarta Post

Gugun Blues Shelter A phenomenal ascent

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 8 2010   /  01:55 pm

Courtesy of Gugun Blues Shelter Two years ago, blues guitarist Muhammad “Gugun” Gunawan’s band, Gugun and The Bluesbug, was off the Indonesian music scene’s radar. Local jazz festival organizers deemed the band too insignificant to give it its own stage. ump to 2010, the blues trio, now called Gugun Blues Shelter, drew significant crowds at the 2010 Java Jazz Festival that ended Sunday, with two shows of their own in the three-day festival.
Their expanding loyal fan base, who knew their songs by heart, begged the band members — Gugun, bass player John “Jono” Armstrong and drummer Aditya “Bowie” Wibowo — to play their favorite songs. Asked about growing from an obscure band to finally being recognized as a phenomenal blues band, Gugun said: “That’s what struggling is all about”. The shoulder-length tousled-hair guitarist was sitting behind the stage Satu...