Radio back on airwaves
AFTER six highly successful months at Amoeba, the Radio Free Hongkong entourage moves across the water next Thursday to its new Wan Chai venue, Westworld, at the New World Harbour View Hotel.
A fancy face-lift at the former Manhattan club has done away with the dreaded karaoke booths to make way for a roomier stage and a rattling sound system.
The opening night will feature some of the leading indie bands in the circuit, including Third Party, HUH!? and Sisters of Sharon. Headline act Andy Ingkavet will make his stage return with a brand new band and some fresh material. Be a part of this original music feast. There is no cover charge. Tonight: It's headbangers' ball night again at The Wanch as The Bastards make their long-awaited return. Catch the lads in black from 10pm for some nasty, whiplash-inducing rock and metal; Eugene Pao and his group will be supplying a steady mix of jazz, blues and funk at the Jazz Club, from 9.30pm before clearing out at 1.00am to make way for DJ Mickey Smith's Jazzmatazz. Tickets are $50 and drinks at happy hour prices; catch Dave Colquhoun during happy hour at Mad Dogs Kowloon playing unplugged rock and blues; The Wail will be playing blues and R&B classics from 10pm at Amoeba.
Tomorrow: AWOL head to Hardie's for another night of ear-splintering rock 'n' roll. These guys play so loud they make themselves deaf! Catch Richie ''Screechie'' Weintraub and the lads blasting out classic rock and metal from 10pm; it's another double-whammy at The Wanch with the Woody and Macca guitar duo (back by popular demand) playing during happy hour after 7pm, to be followed by Captain Mabulluhat 10pm; Ernie Provencher's Skinstrung at The Jazz Club from 10pm; Asian Cajun at Mad Dogs in Central.
From 9pm, traditional Cajun food, drink and foot-stomping entertainment will be on tap. Call 810 1000 for details; The Rock Gang will be pumping out classic rock and heavy metal at Amoeba, from 10pm. Sunday: Top local blues guitarist Dave Colquhoun will be playing unplugged rock and blues at Mad Dog's Kowloon for happy hour before moving on to MD's in Central at 10pm; Ric Halstead Group at The Jazz Club from 9.00pm.
JJ's at the Grand Hyatt is celebrating July 4 with a down home-style country fair. Starts 7pm, cover charge at $150. New resident band Premiere, all the way from Texas, make their debut.
Monday: Musical mystery tour at The Jazz Club from 9pm.
Tuesday: Ric Halstead Group at the Jazz Club, from 9pm.
Wednesday: Jon ''King'' Cleary will be returning to The Jazz Club by popular demand for some New Orleans ''Dr John-style'' piano playing and singing until Saturday, from 9.30pm; folk-rocker Bambi will be at The Wanch from 9pm performing classic rock withhis band The Bambinos; jazz trio, Han Shan, at Amoeba.
Thursday: There's a couple of new bands on the scene. One at Amoemba will be playing African music. Although the band has yet to decide on a name the guys promise a night of pulsating dance beats. The other newie is Available Space, now a fixed feature at Joe Bananas every Thursday from 9pm. Catch the band plus JB's special deals at the bar, and don't forget your collared shirt! Plus: The Wanch's resident guitar man, Sammy, takes to the stage on Sunday through Wednesday from 9pm with his mix of rock, folk and country.
Performing soul and rock classics at L.A. Cafe on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights is L.A. Laww. Organising a show? Please send information to Live Music, Features Desk, PO Box 47, or fax 8111278.