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Mosaic Music Festival

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Dhafer Youssef

March 7-16, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, Singapore

The Esplanade Theatres by the Bay and the Singapore Tourism Board are bringing in at least 50 musical acts for the fourth Mosaic Music Festival.

The 10-day music fete will feature just about every sound under the sun, from jazz to pop, mainstream to indie rock, electronica to African beats and reggae. The festival's seven stages will play host to acts from around the globe, including the US, the UK, Australia, Africa and Asia. Among the headliners are jazz entertainer Harry Connick Jr, funk godfather George Clinton, Philadelphia rap group The Roots, British indietronica duo The Bird and The Bee, jazz singer Kurt Elling, Dhafer Youssef, Mum, Desmond Foster and Raul Midon.

Not to be missed will be legendary Latin jazz pioneer Eddie Palmieri from New York.

Representing Thailand will be alternative rockers Modern Dog and indie rock group Silly Fools.

For more information log on to www.mosaicmusicfestival.com or call SISTIC Hotline in Singapore at (+65) 6348 5555.

Everyday I Love You Concert

February 17, 7pm, Thammasat Auditorium, Thammasat University

Top Thai artists will delight lovers with romantic music to celebrate Valentine's Day in the most romantic concert of the month.

Among the performers will be Burin Boonwisut from Groove Rider, Boy Tri from Friday I'm in Love, Phurit "Yai" Sukumalchan from Monotone, Anusorn "Yhong" Maneetet from Armchair, "Koy" Saturday Seiko and Katto and Tan from Lipta.

Tickets are Bt500, Bt800, Bt1,200 and Bt1,500, available at Thaiticketmajor.

For more information, call  (02) 262 3456.

Phuket International Blues Rock Festival 2008

February 22-23, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa

Back for its third year, the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival will be expanded to as many as 12 bands, showcasing 10 local bands and topping it off with an American headliner each night. Confirmed are Bangkok's Soi Dog Blues Band, Georgia Blues Band, Full House and Cannonball as well as The Blues Machine from Pattaya and Boy Blues Band from Chiang Mai. From Koh Samui comes Li'l Willie & The Fabulous Hepcats and the festival has also secured one of Australia's top blues acts, Salty Dog.

Among the American headliners is singer Bonnie Anderson and The Groove Doctors, assisted by Hollywood writer and blues-shouter Jimmy Fame.

The Rich Harper Band from Los Angeles, which has gathered a strong following in Thailand over the past two years, will return to headline on Friday night with their usual fiery style. Saturday night will see another top US blues act: Shari Puorto from southern California.

Tickets are Bt700 for one night, Bt1,000 for both nights and Bt3,000 for VIP seating. Part of proceeds will go to the education of underprivileged children in Phuket.

For more details, call (086) 682 2639 or visit www.phuketbluesfestival.com.

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