Blues News Around Asia: May 11-17

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In this weeks’ newsletter, you will also read Dennis Gargantiel’s article about Roadhouse Manila Bay, which is emerging as one of the top blues bands in Asia, along with a couple of band profiles.

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News from Kelvin Ng:  I will be starting a regular Friday blues-rock-folk jam in Hooha Arab Street on 23 May, this coming Friday. This jam will go on every Friday.

All are welcome! 10pm onwards. The host act will be Clinton Carnegie and myself. There are already a couple of bands and quite a few individuals slated to jam. See you all.

It’s in one of the shophouses facing Golden Landmark. Drivers should park in Golden Landmark.

Venue details:



Following up on its Finals showing at the International Blues Challenge 2014, Brat Pack is preparing for the release of its first CD, partially recorded at Sun Studios while in Mamphis last January. This week it starts an ambitious CD pre-launch bar tour to build anticipation for the album. Brat Pack is approaching the music market in a business-like manner which we’ve never seen by a blues band in the Philippines. We will give you periodic updates.




Blues Rockamania has announced that he will be launching a radio show with coverage in Mindanao, Philippines. As far as we know, this will be the first blues-oriented radio show in that region of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Sound Box Bar in Davao City held a BLUES & FOLK SUNDAY event, featuring many of the top bluesmen in town.  Hopefully, this will become a regular event.



Singaporean bluesman Danny Loong will be a featured guest artist at the Perth Blues Club’s 11th annual showcase, the Rhythm and BluesVariety Revue, headlined by Australian’s internationally famous bluesman Dave Hole.



Lots of people “like” Roadhouse Manila Bay — on Facebook.  That’s quite an accomplishment, so of course Roadhouse celebrated with another special night of music and more.

The Celebration also turned into another benefit gig, this time to help rehabilitate the typhoon-devastated Basey, Samar, Seed Distribution Program in southern Philippines.   The occasion also provided an opportunity for several new blues bands to take part:  D’Mighty Gunjoes, Mean Jay [fronted by 15-year-old Joko] and JB’s Blues Band.  Also joining in the fun were Roadhouse regulars Bleu Rascals and Sangre Blues Revival.

Then the following night, friends of blues guitarist Jun Lopito gathered at thebar@1951, where they “passed the hat” to raise funds to help with Jun’s medical expenses.  Jun is recognized as one of the most significant guitarists, blues and rock, in the Philippines for many years now, but he has never received the recognition he deserves. Fortunately we have this one official CD, plus a recent privately distributed set of solo musings which is occasionally featured on BLUES ASIA RADIO. CLICK on the photo to enjoy this live performance.

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Thomas "Tomcat" Colvin is an American expat, residing in Manila since 1986. He is best known in the Philippines as the harp player with LAMPANO ALLEY [now in hibernation], with lots of videos on YouTube. Google will also tell you more than you want to know about him. Currently, he is the administrator of the Blues Asia Network. And he flies around Asia tooting his harp.

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  • Mark Donnithorne

    Nice website Tom, very professional. Just to add that I take quite a few pictures at Roadhouse and other places, which I upload to my Facebook page. My videos aren’t very good quality but they go to my YouTube account. Please feel free to use any of my stuff if you so wish. I keep the original images (large size) if you want something bigger than 600×450.

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