Blues in Thailand

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The Blues Factory  –  Pattaya

Soi Lucky Star

0819127348

 

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

http://nomadsbar.com

 

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

http://www.niusonsilom.com

 

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

Pattaya

 

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

www.phuketbluesband.com

 

Expat band, resident in Phuket.

 

Nicolai Kehlet – Bangkok

http://www.facebook.com/nicolai.kehlet

 

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

 

Nop & Note – Harmonica Boy

http://www.youtube.com/user/noteharmonicaboy

 

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

www.facebook.com/bangkokacoustic

 

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.

 

GuitarThai.com

 

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

 

Phuket International Blues Festival

www.phuketbluesfestival.com

 

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

 

Miscellaneous