Published on November 27, 2007
Music fans have plenty to celebrate this weekend with three major events taking place on Saturday featuring some of the country's biggest stars.
Rockers Billy Ogan and Amphol Lamphoon kick off proceedings at 7pm at Thunderdome, Muang Thong Thani, with "Rock for the King". The two veterans will be playing timeless hits along with special guests Maew Jirasak and Nicole Panphum.
Tickets costing Bt3,000 include two books titled "Kham Phor Son", compilations of His Majesty the King's royal instructions and edicts, while others are priced Bt1,500, Bt1,000 and Bt500 and are available at Thaiticketmajor. Proceeds will go to the Phra Dabos Foundation.
At 8pm, it's the turn of songs-for-life legends Carabao to take the stage at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, for "Bao Benjapes".
The concert marks Carabao's 25th anniversary and is being held to promote the band's latest album, "Look Loong Khee Mao" ("Son of an Old, Drunk Uncle").
The 18-track double-CD is now out on Warner Music (Thailand). The first disc features "Phee Suea Nak Soo", which will be familiar to most from the TV commercial for Toyota's Vigo Hilux pickup; "Jatukam Lam Thung", about the popularity of the Jatukam Ramathep amulets; and "Sao Doi 4x4", which talks about the exploitation of mountain lasses. Other standout tracks are "Tam Roi Phor" (co-written by Sarawuth Lertpanyanuch), which accompanies a popular TV drama paying homage to His Majesty the King, and the title track.
The second CD includes "80 Years of the King"; "Phra Yom", a song about Phra Phayom's title deed for a piece of land; "Tob Noo Thee" (written by Season magazine editor Tiva Sarachudha) about kids in the South; and "Samakkee Phi Nong Thai" written by the band's co-founder Kirati Phromsaka Na Sakolnakorn aka Keow Carabao.
The concert will take fans back to the band's debut album "Loong Khee Mao", which deals with a poor farmer who leaves his village in the Northeast for a supposedly better life in Bangkok, turns to alcohol to relieve his stress and dies drunk and penniless under one of the capital's pedestrian bridges.
The concert will also feature hits from the band's other albums as well as from their latest, which focuses on a young man named Tone, who travels from Isaan to the City of Angels in search of his missing father - the "uncle" who died from poverty and booze 25 years earlier.
Carabao will share the stage with Asanee Chotikul as well as popular comedians Mum Jokmok, Theng Therdtherng and Nong. Tickets are Bt2,000, Bt1,500, Bt1,000, Bt800 and Bt500 from Thaiticketmajor.
Last but not least, "Bangkok City Music Festival" returns for a second year to Benjasiri Park, near the Emporium shopping mall, on Saturday and Sunday, from 4pm to 10pm.
"Last year, it rained so heavily that all the streets nearby were under water. The storm was so bad, I was worried the stage would collapse and we would have to call the whole thing off. But in the end it turned out okay," recalls veteran singer Rawiwan Chinda.
"The audience was amazing. They didn't care about the heavy rain but crowded round the front of the stage," confirms Nueng, a member of pop band Etc.
Saturday's line-up includes Etc, Nat Myria, Nuvo, Golf-Mike, Rawiwan, Paibulkiert Khiewkaew, Viyada Komarakul Na Nakorn, Maleewal Gemina, Charas Fueangarom, Pom Autobahn, Byrd & Heart, Koh Mr Saxman, Luk Pad, and Deer A Cappella 7.
Sunday's show features Etc, Ice Sarunyu, Dunk Pankorn, Parn Tanaporn, Om Sunisa, Tik Shiro, Peter Corp and Modern Dog.
"Bangkok has a lot of music festivals, but we would like to do it KPN-style - good music, good singing and good live performances. We've invited artists who'll perform their own songs and are prepared to join together to entertain the crowds," says Paruethai Narongdej, the festival's president. "The audience will be able to chill out in the cool weather."
With a Bt10-million budget, the two-day music festival is expected to draw at least 50,000 people.
"We would like city people to enjoy a real leisure activity and forget their stress at the country's economic and political confusion," says the organiser.
Admission to the two-day music festival is free, except for VIP tickets, which are priced at Bt5,000 and available at Thaiticketmajor. Part of the proceeds from VIP ticket sales will go to the HRH Princess Somsavali foundation for Friends In Need of ("Pa") Volunteers.