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Summerfest's First Band from India: Thaikkudam Bridge

Summerfest's First Band from India: Thaikkudam Bridge
Photo Credit: Summerfest / Yvan Nguyen

The Emerging Artists Series takes place every day of Summerfest on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. This series highlights up-and-coming local, national and international talent during daily performances that not only showcase great live music but also engages the audience by having fans vote each day their favorite performance.

We’ve reached out to several of this year’s artists and asked them a few questions about their experience at Summerfest.

This week we hear from Thaikkudam Bridge from Kochi, India. They performed this year at Summerfest on July 4 at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.


1. Was this your first time in Milwaukee or Wisconsin? Did you get to try anything that is typical to Wisconsin like beer, cheese curds, or brats?  

It was our first time. We came on the eve of our performance, as we had a tour going on in the US, so were not able to explore Milwaukee to our liking. We did try the cheese curds which were well worth it.

2. Can you tell us a little about your experience of getting to the festival? Did you get here early or on the day of your show? What’s the funniest thing that happened while on your way here?

The whole experience of the festival was awesome. We were awestruck by both the footprint of the festival and at how well organized the whole event was. The good vibe of all kinds of people who were of all age groups was a great sight. The funniest thing would be our keyboardist, Ruthin, completely forgetting the fact that we stayed at Milwaukee for two nights and regretfully saying "we should've at least spent a night there" still cracks us up. P. S. It's not a new thing from his side.

3. The audience seemed to really enjoy your show and gave off great energy! What’s your favorite song to play off of your setlist? What do you think is the audience’s favorite song?  

It's hard to name one favourite song, as we treat each song with high hopes and expectations. So it's as hard as naming your favourite child. As for the audience, it was evident they went crazy for Fish rock and Saalaikal. 

4. The Emerging Artist Series has been going on for over 10 years, with some of the artists to become big international acts. What does it mean to you to be a part of this program at the festival?  

It is definitely an honour to even play at this historic event. Being considered for the Emerging Artists category was the icing on top of the cake. It's a great boost to our morale to be awarded such titles. At the same time, it helps us be humble by thinking how much road is ahead of us.

5. Do you have anything you want to say to the fans that voted for you?  

The love and affection people have shown us has mentored us into existence. We say what we say from the beginning of our band. Be the bridge.

6. What can your fans expect next from you?

We were a little bummed as our whole crew was not able to make the festival due to visa issues. Hopefully next time we will be able to give you the full audio-visual experience.