Suits rock out at The Pawn - and you can keep your tie on

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 September, 2010, 12:00am

The suits are letting loose their inner rockers. Bands fronted by financiers and film executives took over The Pawn on Wednesday night in the first of four monthly gigs running through to December.

Craig Leeson, chief executive of Ocean Vista Films, whose band Uranus was in the 'Pawn to rock' show, said it was calming after the office.

Featuring Leeson on guitar, E! Entertainment Asia-host Dominic Lau on drums, Tiger Gate-boss William Pfeiffer on vocals, Ed Bean of Siren Films on guitar and Jasper Donat, co-founder of Branded, on bass, Uranus may be amateurs but they take their music seriously. The group came third in the Hong Kong leg of the global Battle of the Bands in 2008. 'We might not be the greatest sound you know but you'll see how much fun we are having on the stage,' Leeson said.

Next up are Lone Star Radio, with hedge fund manager Matt Cartwright on drums and Barclays Capital-broker Alex Majoni on bass, and The Vibes, headed by Henley Group chief Mark Rawson.

With the venue a notch or two above nearby watering holes in Wan Chai, Leeson said: 'It's a rock show that can be enjoyed over crisp Chardonnay.'