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Pattaya Daily News

20 August 2007 :: 15:08:34 pm 4290

Koh Larn Music On The Beach

As a British man living in Thailand, I have, in the four years I have been coming here, admired many musicians, and love much of the Thai music. Saturday’s 18th August “MUSIC ON THE BEACH” was no exception.
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I was lucky enough to be invited to Tien Beach on the beautiful Koh larn off the coast of Pattaya for the very first “MUSIC ON THE BEACH” concert. I was very happy to go, and the fact that some of the money raised by this will go to good causes such as computers for school in Koh larn was an added incentive for me to support this concert, being such a worthwhile event. “MUSIC ON THE BEACH” was so well organized that only the weather could spoil it.

A fleet of speedboats ferried people to and from Tien beach. Once on the island, every convenience was available such as food and drink, toilets/shower, etc. By about 9:30 pm, Tien beach was full of extremely well behaved friendly music loving young people. Whilst waiting for the live bands we were entertained by a couple of DJs playing a mixture of Santana and American Hip Hop. At this time we watched stagehands working very hard to safeguard the electrical equipment against the threatening rain.

My partner and I managed to secure a place on the sand to sit down as near to the stage as we wanted to be, to watch the first singer LA Mot ?? I didn’t know this man, but he was obviously famous as everybody sang along with him. It was a nice introduction to the music to come. Then a folk singer took to the stage by the name of “O” Saksan. I again didn’t know the guy, but my partner did , and again he was famous in Thailand, and like all that musicians that played at Koh larn for “Music on the Beach”, they gave their services fee of charge, which I thought was fantastic. I’ve always loved folk music in all it’s forms and got a real “kick” out of this particular brand.

Suddenly, a spotlight picked out a Sax player standing in front of the stage who began to walk about amongst us playing his music beautifully given me goose bumps. It’s amazing how a real gifted musician such as this man can fill the music lover with such emotion. Unfortunately, when this man took to the stage to sing for us as well, it began to rain, and like a football player, he was “rained off”. I felt it was a real shame we could not get to see this gentleman’s full set. What we did see was absolutely excellent.

When rain stopped after about 15 minutes music returned in the shape of the lovely “Da Endorphin” and her band. What an entertainer. What a voice. This lady never stopped moving around the stage, singing her heart out. She sang many of the songs I have heard so often in the many Thai bars I have been to in Thailand. I’ve come to love many of these songs. This girl had the crowd on it’s feet and dancing.

Tien beach began to rock. I was in my element. This is what I came to Koh larn to hear. She sang for about 45 minutes. If she made a mistake I did not see it. What a professional. Absolutely fantastic !!

The last band I saw was “T-Bone” playing a lot of Reggie type music and had a brass section. Unfortunately for me, my partner was in a lot of pain, and we quickly had to retreat to the main land for painkillers. Even so, it had been a fantastic day for us on Koh larn.

I’ve heard that this event nearly didn’t go ahead. Had it not, young people would not have been able to follow their healthy interest in Musical Appreciation. What I would say is that at Music on the Beach I saw nothing to change the environment. All I saw was happy, healthy young people enjoying life following a pursuit of happiness, which should be every person’s right. Please support this event, so it can be held on the regular basis. It will make Thailand a better place for it. My only complaint was that the weather came really close to raining, potentially ruining a wonderful day. Hopefully the next Music on the Beach will be set outside the rainy Season.

To my cost, because we had to leave. I never got to see the great “Black Head.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Entertainment News

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