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Sounds of September

British post-hardcore outfit Funeral For A Friend headlines a mixed bag of Bangkok concerts

Published on September 4, 2007

Rock, pop and look thung (Thai country) are all up for grabs this month, and fans of Thailand's leading talent show "Academy Fantasia" have plenty to keep them happy, with alumni of the first three series getting together with leading DJs and songs-for-lifers in two musical extravaganzas.

Weekend wonders

Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park) on the eighth floor of Central World gets the ball rolling with a new activity that pays tribute to the world's greatest guitar legends every Sunday throughout September from 4.30 to 6pm.

At this Sunday's "Rock Festival", the Fox's frontman and veteran rock guitarist Cha-on Na Bang Chang will be playing the timeless sounds of Carlos Santana.

On September 15, the Olarn Project's Olarn Phromjai will play the mega licks of Deep Purple's axeman Ritchie Blackmore. On September 22, Jirasak "Maew" Panpoom, a brilliant jazz and rock guitarist, will showcase the music of BB King as well as his own work. On September 29, well known guitarist and vocalist Surasee Itthikul closes out the festival with a tribute to Eric Clapton.

Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 257 4300 or visit www.tkpark.co.th.

Hardcore heavy

Also on Sunday, British post- hardcore band Funeral For A Friend are playing at the Banyantree Maxx Pub on Ratchadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade) at 6.30pm.

The rockers comprise Matthew Davies-Kreye on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Gareth Davies, guitarists Kris Coombs-Roberts and Darran Smith, and drummer Ryan Richards. They'll be playing tracks from their latest album, "Tales Don't Tell Themselves", including the hit single, "Into Oblivion (Reunion)".

Tickets are Bt1,000 from Thaiticketmajor before September 8, or Bt1,200 at the door.

Country and strings

"Pa Khon Dontri" ("Forest, Men & Music") is a two-day music festival featuring look thung and string greats being staged at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, on September 13 and 14 at 7.30pm.

The first evening is devoted to the look thung crowd, who include Mike Piromporn, Ekkachai Srivichai, Chaiya Mitrchai, Roong Suriya, Arpaporn NakhonSawan, Peter Modified, Pamela Bauden, Dao Mayuree, Sunaree Ratchasima, Monsit Khamsroi, Opas Thosaporn, Orawee Sajjanon, Noo Meter, Duangta Khongthong, Lew Ajareeya, David Inthee, Sodsai Roongphothong, Thosapol Himapan and Benz Pornchita.

Day two features Nuvo, Noi Pru, Chatree Kongsuwan, T-Bone, Neng Y Not 7, Peter Corp Dyrendal, Billy Ogan, Chanthanee Unakul, Pom Autobahn, Surasee Itthikul, Manote Puttan, In Budokan, Byrd & Heart, Jiab Wattana, Thanis Sriklindee, Au Haruthai, Waen Thitima, Su Bunliang, Viyada Komarakul, Rudklao, Pan Paibulkiet, Ben Chalathit and Jeen AF1.

Tickets range from Bt500 to Bt2,000 at Thaiticketmajor.

Charity reunion

Much-loved '70s string combo the Impossibles regroup for a charity concert, "Sarn Fun Sarn Fon", at Siam Paragon's Royal Paragon Hall on September 15 at 7pm.

Setha Sirachaya, Vinai Phanturak, Pichai Thongniem, Anusorn Pathanakul, Pracheen Songpao and Sitthiporn Amornphan               will be performing several of their hits, including "O Rak Kan Nor", "Nai Wa Ja Jam", "Chuen Rak", "Thalay Mai Khoey Lap", "Khoy Nong", "Nueng Nai Duang Jai" and "Penpai Mai Dai".

Tickets are Bt2,500, Bt2,000, Bt1,500 and Bt1,000 and are available at Thaiticketmajor. Proceeds will go to the Chulabhorn Research Institute.

Little children

Sky-High Network's radio station, 106 Life Plus FM, is also organising a charity concert. "Life Is Beautiful: Voices for Kids" is on at Bangkok Hall, Suan Lum Night Bazaar on September 22 at 7pm.

Groove Riders' singer Burin, Lydia, Mam Patcharida, Ford Sobchai, Crescendo's former vocalist Bee Peerapat, Golf Benjapol, Noom Kanchai and pop outfit Etc will be tailoring their songs to fit the concept "life is a story".

Tickets range from Bt600 to Bt1,500 and are available at Thaiticketmajor.

Proceeds will be shared between eight foundations assisting underprivileged children nationwide, among them the Education for Development Foundation, Raks Thai Foundation, and Santisuk.

Spinning fantasy

DJs from A-Time join up with "Academy Fantasia" alumni for a musical duel in what's being billed as a two-part "reality concert" at Thunderdome, Muang Thong Thani on September 22 and 23.

First up is the 91.5 New Hotwave team featuring DJs John, Ong, Pek, PK, Toey, Nest, Por and Jedi. They'll be joined in the ring by 94 EFM DJs Kai Samapol, Kris, Mod Dam, Pe, Louis, Bo, Chao Chao, Big, Orm, Opal, Tui Tui and Dada.

The alumni are Off Pongsak and Jeen from "AF 1"; Boy Pitsanu, Jo, Warn, Padcha, Priew and Aof Supanat from "AF 2"; and Tui, Boy Sithichai, Press, Sarah, Tar and Toon from "AF 3".

Fans will also get to see secret footage from the lives of both teams on large screens during the shows.

Tickets are Bt2,000, Bt1,500, Bt1,200 and Bt1,000 from Thaiticketmajor.

Indie innovations

Indie label Smallroom holds its annual concert, "God Bless The Room", at Moon Star Studio on Lat Phrao Soi 80 on September 22 at 6pm.

The concert, which has a funky festival-style concept, features Tattoo Colour, Slur, Lemon Soup, Yarinda & Friends, Ball Jarulak and Ki Kiratra.

Standing tickets cost Bt500 and are available at Thaiticketmajor.

Love lost and found

The 10th Green Concert, titled "The Lost Love Songs", takes place at Bangkok Convention Centre on the eighth floor of Central World on September 28 and 29 at 7pm.

Five young singers - Auttapon "M" Prakopkong from "The Star", Pongkod "Pop" Suebsung and Sarunyu "Ice" Winaipanit from "First Stage Show", and Pongsak "Off" Rattanaphong and Thanakrit "Wan" Panichwid from "Academy Fantasia" - will be covering favourite ballads from the '70s and '80s.

Also taking part in the concert are the original crooners, who include Setha Sirachaya, Noom Sek, Od Khiriboon, Tum Somprasong, Phusaming, Vasu Sangsingkaew, Oui Rawiwan Chinda, Penpak Sirikul, Lek Carabao, Thierry Mekwattana, and Poo Pongsit Khamphi.

Tickets at Bt5,000, Bt2,500, Bt2,000, Bt1,500 and Bt1,000 are available at Thaiticketmajor. Part of the proceeds will go to Sathira Dhammasathan.

Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul

The Nation

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