September 11-October 19
The annual Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music returns once again to the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre (14 Tiam Ruam Mit Rd). This will be the 19th edition of this esteemed event, which this year features classical ballet, Spanish flamenco, a Broadway musical, a magic show, a symphonic orchestra, and a children’s acrobatic troupe. For a full description of September’s events see our special arts feature, starting on pg. 72.
Join Bangkok’s hippest hep cats for a roarin’ night out as the Diga Diga Doo crew returns to Chinatown’s Shanghai Mansion (479-481 Yaowarat Rd). Step inside a gorgeous 1930s ballroom and jive your way around the dancefloor to the sounds of NYC’s Gordon Webster Band featuring Charles Turner (pictured). The party also includes entertainment from Cirque du Soleil tap dancer Joseph C. Wiggan, Charleston sensation Ksenia Parkhatskaya, and five top international swing dancers. Tickets are B1,500 and the event runs from 8pm till midnight.
SEPTEMBER’S HOTTEST TICKETS
Australia’s own Tommy Emmanuel is one of the world’s most dazzling and entertaining acoustic guitar virtuosos, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. He also loves performing in Bangkok, and this month he’ll be taking the stage at the Himmapan Avatar Theatre, which is in the recently opened Show DC Mega Complex (Jaturatid Rd). Tickets range in price from B1,400 to B2,300, and showtime is set for 7pm.
American duo The Chainsmokers are coming to Thailand for one show only at Impact Challenger Hall 1 (Muang Thong Thani), with special guest Nick Martin. The pair, whose real names are Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, have performed all over the world to sold-out crowds, and have to their credit over 5 billion global streams. Tickets are B2,000 and B3,000, and the party starts at 8:30pm.
Hugo, the first Thai artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, is coming to Bitec Bangna (Hall 107). This acclaimed singer-songwriter—whose full name is Hugo Chakrabongse Levy—is a major talent in his own right, but can also trace direct royal heritage back to his maternal great-grandfather, Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath (a son of King Rama V). Tickets range in price from B2,000 to B1,000, and the concert gets underway at 8pm.
The pop-rock band OneRepublic have been dominating charts all over the world since their debut in 2007. Over the past decade the quintet has released several top-selling albums, and the video for the song “Counting Stars” has racked up more than 1.4 billion views on YouTube. Tickets range in price from B5,000 to B2,000 and the show begins at 8:30pm.
American progressive metal legends Dream Theater will be in town rocking the Thunder Dome (Muang Thong Thani) as part of their 25th anniversary tour. Since its inception the band has sold over 10 million records worldwide, and even managed to squeak onto Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time’ list (at #95). Tickets are B2,000 and the thunder rolls at 8pm.
GOURMET CHEF EVENT
September 26-October 1
Returning for its 6th year, the SO Amazing Chefs event, 2017 edition, will bring to Bangkok an amazing line up of kitchen talent—with a combined total of 12 Michelin stars between them—for a six-day journey of culinary excellence. The event takes place at the SO Sofitel Bangkok (2 North Sathorn Rd), and the program includes five themed degustation dinners, five exclusive private chef’s table dining opportunities, a cheese evening, an oyster feast, a fabulous after-party, and so much more. Meanwhile, the chef roster includes international and local legends such as: Jacques Cocollos, Nicolas Isnard, René van Empelen, Sakal Phoeung, Christopher Lecoutre, Alain Caron, Didier Corlou, Hervé Rodriguez, Jacques Pourcel, Jean-Baptiste Natali, Joost Bijster, Laurent Peugeot, Michael Dyllong, Patrice and Philippe Marchand, Patrick Jeffroy, Paul Smart, Stéphane Bonnat, and Thierry Drapeau. And be sure not to miss the ‘Culinary Showdown’ competition and gala charity dinner on Wednesday the 27th, one of the main highlights of the event each year. For information and reservations call 02 624 0000.
September 29-October 7
The Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) is presenting the Tony-award winning play The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at Creative Industries – M Theatre (2884/2, New Phetchaburi Rd). The family-friendly story revolves around an eclectic group of 6th graders, each eager to win the local spelling bee (each for very different reasons). Hilarious and touching, with catchy songs as well, it’s a marvellously entertaining bit of theatrical fun. The Friday and Saturday shows (September 29-30, and October 6-7) begin at 7:30 pm, while the matinee performance on Saturday October 7 begins at 2pm. Tickets are B850, and those who buy online will receive information about how to become an audience contestant.
The Grand Opera Thailand will be presenting another in their series of special once-a-month dinner and show performances at the Banyan Tree Hotel’s 60th floor Vertigo Too bar and restaurant (21/100 South Sathorn Rd). This one-of-a-kind evening of highly elevated food and music includes a carefully crafted four-course degustation menu with wine pairings for the price of B4,900, or for just B2,800 you can reserve balcony seats that include servings of international beverages. This month the company will be performing songs from the hit Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera. Start time is 7pm. For more information or to make reservations, call 02 679 1200 or email email@example.com.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL IN THAILAND
Italian psychedelic jazz takes over Bangkok as Sudoku Killer, a band from Rome led by double bass player Caterina Palazzi, takes the stage at the Silpakorn University Auditorium (Sanam Chandra Palas Campus). The free concert, which begins at 7pm, will also celebrate the Italian father of Thai Modern Art, Corrado Feroci (Silpa Bhirasri). And if you miss the group’s concert on the 14th, they’ll be at the Bamboo Bar—the Mandarin Oriental hotel’s jazz lounge—the following evening (starting at 8pm).
Italy’s Luca Ciarla ‘Violinair’ Quartet bring their blend of contemporary jazz and Italian and Mediterranean musical traditions to the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) for a free show beginning at 7pm. And if you miss the quartet’s concert on the 28th, they’ll be at The Living Room—the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel’s jazz lounge—the following evening (starting at 9pm).
For more information about upcoming Italian Festival in Thailand 2017 events, visit the official Facebook page.
INDIE ROCK SHOWS
Feed your shoegazer and noise pop yearnings at the #HYHBKK Weekend Noise Fest, taking place at The Link Asoke – Makkasan (1643/5,7 New Petchaburi Rd). Headlining the event will be the Brooklyn-based band DIIV, while supporting acts include Hariguem Zaboy, Cloud Behind, Triggs & The Longest Day, and Folk9. Tickets are B1,300 advance—B1,500 at the door—and the fest gets underway at 5pm.
Parisian electronic music producer FKJ is in town for his biggest Bangkok showcase yet, performing an incredible live set at Zen@CentralWorld. This self-taught studio wizard, whose real name is Vincent Fenton, is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, bass, saxophone, piano, and more. Tickets are B1,290 and the party runs from 9pm till midnight.
UK singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is once again bringing her melodic indie folk tunes to town, this time appearing at Heaven Bangkok at Zen (Level 20, Zen@CentralWorld). Fans can look forward to hearing hits such as “Our Eyes” and “Like an Arrow”, and there will also be a screening of the short film Something’s Changing (also the title of Rose’s latest album). Tickets are B750 and showtime is 9pm.