Published on July 4, 2007
Music fans have plenty to celebrate again this month with local artists offering all sorts of entertainment in Bangkok.
Here's a round up of what's on around town.
The month kicks off with "Sounds of Independence", which takes place tomorrow at 8pm at Club Culture, a new venue on Phya Thai Road.
The third activity by Mind the Gap features a mix of established and up-and-coming indie bands: Lemon Soup, Kid Insane, Puzzle and Super Dr K F**king AV Idol Allstars.
Entrance costs Bt300 and includes one drink. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/ mindthegapbkk.
This Saturday, legendary songs-for lifers Carabaro celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani starting at 7pm.
"Mon Phleng Carabao" features the 26 songs on the double album of the same name rearranged in a variety of styles and covered by 28 artists including look thung singers Wipoj Petchsupan and Khwanjit Sriprajan, rockers Pong Hin Lek Fai and Pod Moderndog, and popsters Sobchai Graiyoonsen and Surasee Itthikul.
Tickets costing Bt2,000, Bt1,500, Bt1,000, Bt800 and Bt500 are available at Thaiticketmaster.com and are selling fast.
On Sunday, it's time for "Tha Prachan Must Go Sa-orn", a concert by the popular Isaan instrument ensemble Pong Lang Sa-orn, at Thammasat University's Auditorium at 7.30pm.
The concert, which celebrates the university's 72nd anniversary, is guaranteed to make you laugh with a great comedy show in addition to music.
Proceeds from tickets - Bt1,200, Bt900, Bt600 and Bt300 - go to the university's public funds.
Also on Sunday, Rock Pub is holding a "Metal Gathering" from noon to 6pm, with 10 hard rock bands playing covers of their favourite bands.
Fans can headbang to SongKob (Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Schenker), Nerve (SkidRow, Megadeth), Blaze Of Fury (Hammerfall), Dear Sinner (Within Temptation, After Forever), Vector Heights (Judas Priest, Rainbow), Mystic Angel (Iron Maiden), Holy Carnage (Arch Enemy), No Respext (Dream Theatre), AE Wizard (Extreme) and Jealous (Halloween, Angra).
Admission costs just Bt150. For more information, call (086) 558 1912 or (02) 875 0278 (press 5), or e-mail metal_gathering@hotmail .com.
Local and international favourites Apartment Khunpa are the latest outfit to take part in the Judprakai concert series.
Led by singer Tul Waitoonkiet, the band, who are best known for a melting pot of blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop and hard rock, will be playing a new set of acoustic songs at Thailand Cultural Centre's small hall on July 13 at 6.30pm.
Tickets, costing Bt500 from Thaiticketmaster, are likely to sell out fast so don't delay.
Be My Guest is back
The popular "Be My Guest … The Comedy Concert" returns for a second round on July 14 at Bangkok Hall, Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Showtime is 7pm.
More performers are joining the Japanese-style comedy musical this time. Fans can have fun with Benjapol "Golf" Choeyarun, Kanchai "Noom" Kamnerdploy, Rawiwan "Oui" Chinda, Nareekrajang "Joom" Kantamas, Mum Laconics, Somprasong "Tum" Singhuanwat and Parichat "Tang Showroom" Kaewwaewnoi.
Proceeds from tickets, priced Bt1,500, Bt1,200, and Bt800 and available at Thaiticketmaster, will go to Wat Phrabat Nampu.
Budding guitarists should head to AUA Auditorium on July 14 at 4pm for a guitar workshop by DragonForce's shredder Herman Li.
Tickets at Bt250 include a gift and are available at Hong Seng Music & Son, (02) 221 8763, (02) 221 6775, Music Explorer at Central Rama II, (02) 872 4064) and Seacon Square, (02) 721 9393.
Nine artists from GMM Grammy will pay tribute to the late Rewat Buddhinan at a concert organised by Tanachart Bank in cooperation with the major record company at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani on July 14 at 7pm.
Among those who'll be covering Rewat's songs in their own styles are Rewat's eldest daughter Suthasinee, Amphol Lampoon, Billy Ogan, Nanthida Kaewbuasai, Saowaluck Leelabutr and Boy Peacemaker.
Tickets are Bt2,500, Bt2,000, Bt1,500, Bt1,200, Bt800 and Bt500 and are available at Thaiticketmaster (02 262 3456).
One and only
Veteran pop singer Suchart Chawangkul returns to the stage in "The One & Only Suchart Chawangkul in Person", at Phya Thai Palace on July 20, 21 and 22 at 7pm.
He'll be crooning his best-loved hits including "Khid Thueng", "Heman Thi Pan Pon Pai", "Klai Rak", "Phuea Ther" and "Chua Fah Din Salai" along with such well-known
love songs as "All I Ask of You", "To Love You More", and "Save the Last
Dance for Me."
Tickets cost Bt3,000 and Bt2,500 and include a gift and cocktail; the concerts start at 6pm.
Music in memory
In another fundraiser for the Aids hospice Wat Phrabat Nampu, 10 veteran artists are taking to the stage of Bangkok Hall, Suan Lum Night Bazaar, on July 21 for charity concert "Silapin Nai Duangjai".
Providing the entertainment are Chatchai "Rang" Sukhawadee, formerly of Rockestra; Phusming Nosavan; Opas Thosaporn of Brandy; Pravit Pongtananikorn of Freebird; Direk Amatyakul and Warunee Suntreesawad of President; Chantanee Unakul; Pornpimol Thammasarn of Ovation; Chairat Tiebtiem; and Prathuang Udomkijnuphap of Chatree with son "Champ" Ratchakorn, who plays with rock band Tobasco.
From 9am to 1pm, there'll be an exhibition on the life of the Lord Buddha and Thai way of life, as well as information on HIV/Aids.
In the afternoon, the temple's abbot, Phra Alongkot, will host a talk with Phra Maha Sompong on "Dharma Delivery".
The Bt1,000 for a ticket will also get you a Jatukham Ramathep amulet.
The month of music wraps with the "Clash Army Rock Concert" at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani on July 21 at 7pm.
Bank, Pol, Hack, Soom and Yak will be playing their best-known hits as well as several special songs.
Tickets are Bt900 and Bt700 for seats and Bt500 (standing) and are available at Thaiticketmaster. For more information, visit www.gmmlive.com.