Gear up for the week

Rebel with a guitar Azmyl Yunor is back to rock the house in Merdekarya next week.

the bar hop - jacabusthe bar hop - jacabusTHE weekend is finally upon us and if you haven’t made plans, we have you covered.

If you’re in the Klang Valley, you are not short on options.

From rock and pop to blues, jazz and everything else, there’s something for everyone to jam the night away.


No.28&29, Block C5, Level G3 Publika Shopping Centre, 1 Jln Dutamas 1 Solaris Dutamas, KL

Originally in TREC KL, Simply Jazz by Tin Box has moved to Publika for a whole new groove. Tonight and tomorrow night, the inimitable pianist Michael Veerapen takes the lead on stage where he is joined by Kirana Kay on vocals, YH Foo (bass) and Cliff Wong on drums.


No.28, Jalan Telawi 5,

Bangsar, KL

Tel: 019-870 0493


The owners of Twenty Eight have a firm belief in promoting local talent and a host of artistes entertain every night. Add to that a selection of great drinks and an impressive menu, and it all equates to a good place to unwind. Monday nights are for those who want to jam with indie talents. Email for a slot, or check out its social pages @openmicmalaysia. Friday nights see Quiz Master Ram headlining with a live band to keep punters entertained before and after a round.


No.352 (Annexe), Jalan 5/57,

Petaling Garden, Petaling Jaya

Tel: 018-661 4553

Tonight get set for some alternative rock at Merdekarya, which recently celebrated its 10th year, as Skies Are Red get into the thick of the action. Tomorrow, pop rock is in focus with The Propositions! taking over the mic. Indie legend Azmyl Yunor will be in the house next Wednesday. Folk continues to dominate the vibe at Merdekarya next Thursday with the Sounds of Kites. Next Friday, progressive rock is the order of the day with Dewataraya. On Saturday, there’s a grungier focus thanks to Silvergun Superman. No cover charge but a minimum tip of RM10 for the musicians is expected.

Dasha Logan teams up with Michael Veerapen at Jao Tim KL.Dasha Logan teams up with Michael Veerapen at Jao Tim KL.


No.61 Jalan Sultan, KL

Tel: 03-2022 3897


Jao Tim drips with Old World charm but now, it’s also stepping up as an events space. Next Wednesday, jazz fans are in for a treat as vocal virtuoso Dasha Logan teams up with legendary jazz pianist Michael Veerapen for a night of Lady Sings the Standards. On Thursday night, Coldplay is in focus, or rather the band’s songbook, as Jayvine Ramma, Puteh Piaf, Pete Kallang and Sharon Chong perform a night of covers. Next Friday, vocal powerhouse Rozz joins Dennis Law and Stephen Tseu to pay tribute to Elton John, unplugged. Cover charges apply.


No.65-2, Jalan Bangkung,

Bangsar, KL

Tel: 012-683 8603

Tonight and tomorrow night, get ready for funk as Elvira Arul and the Last Notes take over and turn up the bop with some Funkified action. Local vocal powerhouse Bihzhu is also scheduled to take the stage from June 8 to 10. Other acts to look out for are Dasha, Rozz and Poova as they take on the ABBA songbook, Chacko Vadaketh showcasing his “Songs & Stories” and Malaysia’s Queen of Comedy Joanne Kam rounding off the month. For tickets, visit


No.46-M, First Floor, Plaza Damansara Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, KL

Tel: 011-1511 8866

There are great musical vibes three nights a week here, with a host of luminaries gracing the stage. Every Wednesday, Gerard Singh’s solo sessions rocks the stage but tonight, guitar virtuoso Sharin teams up with percussionist Al Hafiz for a great night out. Tomorrow night, Arab and Badar team up to get the crowd going with their mellow vibes.


Signature Park

No.G-13, Jalan Teknologi 2/1A

Kota Damansara, PJ

Tel: 013-396 6883

Saturday nights in Kota Damansara sees guitar maestro Xiong taking the stage at W Dining Bar. Fresh from becoming the first Malaysian musician to receive Brazil’s Order of Rio Branco for his efforts in promoting the bossa nova, Xiong delivers magical Latin rhythms with acoustics in tow.


Lorong Utara C, PJ

Tel: 03-7622 8888

Enjoy sweeping views of the Petaling Jaya skyline at this rooftop bar. It also serves as a great place to chill with acoustic vibes at the mid-week with Mark Renesh and Brenda Lee jamming up a storm every Wednesday night.

Sharin gets into gear tonight at Elli Rocks DH as he joins percussionist Al Hafiz.Sharin gets into gear tonight at Elli Rocks DH as he joins percussionist Al Hafiz.


No.11, Jalan Wan Kadir 2,

TTDI, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 016-380 8477

Mexican-themed Loco TTDI serves up live sessions on Wednesday and Sunday nights from 6pm onwards. Join Colin and Ice for the live sessions on Wednesday. Troubadour Tam gets in on the action on Sunday evenings.


No.42, Changkat Bukit Bintang,

Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 011-6172 9892

DJs spin the wheels during the week but on Sunday nights, from 9pm onwards, the Sons of Adam bring back the spirit of Woodstock and the rocking tunes of the 1960s and 1970s.


No.3&5, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL

Tel: 016-315 3072

While the DJs keep the music going most of the week, on Monday nights, Mizan and Kyra play a selection of great songs to beat the Monday blues.


Sunway Giza,

Jalan PJU 5/14, Petaling Jaya

Tel: 012-969 8557

Piano man Vishnu Shakhti is a regular here with a host of friends to liven up the nights. Tonight, Vishnu jams with Nina and Agy and tomorrow night, he returns with Nina on vocals again, joined by Jason. For a full list of performers, check out


No.26A, First Floor,

Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI, KL

TEL: 011-3422 5566

Tonight, the Artstream duo are in action while tomorrow night, the Gerard Anthony Project gets into the groove.


Nos.15-G, 17-G, 19-G, Jalan Medan Setia 1

Bukit Damansara, KL

In the heart of Bukit Damansara,Rockafellers keeps it going with more than just DJs as it hosts regular Nightcoustic sessions where the likes of Priscilla Xavier, Gareth and Fairul, Mizan and Kyra, and Yasher and Andy have previously appeared.


H-G-02, Hive, TREC

Jalan Tun Razak, KL

Simply Retro is a vinyl-only outlet that serves up some of the best of the 1980s and 1990s. Resident deejays Jason Martin, Bernie, Jazzie Jay and Francis K take turns to bring back the magic that was the music of that era.


No.78, Jalan Sultan, KL

WhatsApp: 013-218 5712

Website: cranekl.comCrane KL is all about a good time in a heritage building. Great food and good selection of cocktails add to the charm, and it features a great selection of music from Wednesday to Saturday. Every Friday, soloists take to the stage.


No.132, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara

Tel: 011-3689 6393

Mezze opens its stage every Friday with a selection of great artistes getting into the groove for a night of engaging music.


No.34, Jalan USJ9/5Q,

Subang Jaya

Tel: 010-277 2909This gem tucked away in Subang Jaya serves up the live jams every night. Tuesday nights see regular Gerard Singh get into the thick of the acoustic action.


No.28, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8,

Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 011-6135 5473

While the grub is great and the drinks refreshing, there is also plenty of music on offer in the heart of Sri Hartamas. On Thursday nights, talented guitarist Mark Renesh teams up with songstress Brenda Lee to let the good times roll. On Sundays, enjoy a twist to happy hours with Sharin on stage in the late afternoon.


No.32, Jalan SS20/10

Damansara Kim,

Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7728 0532

On Thursday nights, veterean keyboardist Mizan is back for the month of June. On Saturday nights, On Line comes alive as the Temple of Rock kicks it into high gear. Irrepressible rocker Sharin picks up his axe for some major mayhem with his backing crew.

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