Blues in Thailand


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The Blues Factory  –  Pattaya

Soi Lucky Star



May be the only full-time blues bar with live music 6 nights a week in Southeast Asia.  Features house band the Blues Machine.


Nomads Bar – Bangkok

Silom, Soi 4, at the end of the Soi on the right


Open mic blues jam every Sunday, 9-12, with house band for back up.  Visit the Facebook Group for info.  Formerly known as Noriaga’s.


Niu’s on Silon Jazz & Blues Bar

Baan Silom Arcade, between Soi 17 and Soi 19


Hi-end music club and restaurant.  Live music on weekends.  Mostly jazz.


Prachachuen Pub


Venue for the October Blues Fest 2010.


Saxophone – Bangkok


This club has been around for quite a while.  Blues & jazz.


Tokyo Joe’s Bar – Bangkok


Unfortunately, this bar has closed, but its YouTube Channel lives on.  Worth a visit as it points to a lot of blues activity in Thailand.


Bars & Clubs


The Blues Machine



Fronted by Ken “Snowman” Minahan, a Chicago blues guitarist who has lived in Thailand for over ten years.    This is the house band at the Blues Factory in Pattaya, playing 6 nights a week.


Groove Doctors – Phuket


Expat band, resident in Phuket.


Nicolai Kehlet – Bangkok


A real honest-to-goodness modern bluesman from Denmark, now resident in Bangkok.


Nop & Note – Harmonica Boy


Born about 1994, this young Thai harmonica player dazzled attendees at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in Singapore in August 2010.  Many music styles, but a solid blues player too.


Ped Blues Band


Plays mostly at Saxophone Club.


Soi Dog Blues Band


Somprasong Blues Band


Bands & Musicians


Bangkok Acoustic Guitar Celebration


2009 Festival was held at end of October.  The 2010 version will be scheduled in last quarter of year.  Follow this Facebook page for information.


Bangkok Blues Club


Formed in April 2009, the club within its first 15 months grew to a membership of almost 300.  Sponsors occasional one-day blues events, including the October Blues Fest with local and regional talent.


Bangkok Blues Festival


Cancelled in 2010 due to political unrest.  Should be back in March 2011.  Picks up some talent from Phuket Blues Festival.


Dynamic, video-oriented website, in Thai, including interviews and “lick library.”  Also has active Facebook page.  Similar sites at and


Phuket International Blues Festival


Held annually at end of February.  Brings in top US, European and Australian talent.