Music to make the nights go by


Julian Mokhtar joins Mojo Hand for a special night of the blues in Jao Tim on June 2.

TIME certainly flies. In the blink of an eye we’re approaching the second half of the year, but the music plays on.

After a long day or week at work, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and relax while getting into the groove of some great live vibes.

Klang Valley’s crop of talented musicians won’t let you down, with a sprinkling of something for almost every musical taste out there.

MERDEKARYA

352 (Annexe), Jalan 5/57,

Section 5, Petaling Garden, Petaling Jaya

Tel: 018-661 4553

For 11 years, Merdekarya has been at the forefront of promoting the indie scene, playing host to household names as well as up-and-comers who can jam out with the best.

Tonight, the original folk rebel Azmyl Yunor will be in the house to present original songs ranging from the sublime to the satirical in his quest to kick out the jams.

Tomorrow night, things are set to get a bit mellow with David Lopez offering a great blend of original pop and R&B.

Azmyl Yunor takes to the stage at Merdekarya tonight with some rebel punk.Azmyl Yunor takes to the stage at Merdekarya tonight with some rebel punk.

Next Thursday, singer-songwriter Ian Tai will be in the house to keep the rhythm going while grunge-folk rocker Fer Enough rounds out the musical list next Friday night.

No cover charge but a minimum tip of RM10 for the musicians is expected.

JAO TIM

61, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2022 3897

Website: www.jaotim.com

An elegant venue in the heart of the city, Jao Tim absolutely drips with old-world charm but also serves up an interesting array of performances.

Now also an events space, the outlet gives life to a new set of musical offerings that include something for everyone.

Crooner Kai Chalmers brings the strains of tropical jazz to the stage at Jao Tim on June 6.Crooner Kai Chalmers brings the strains of tropical jazz to the stage at Jao Tim on June 6.

Tonight, enjoy a touch of the blues with Al Terry’s Blues Syndicate presenting an evening of harmonica-driven Chicago blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Tomorrow night, turn up the heat with a sizzling summer treat as the power trio of Rozz, Poovaa and Evie, and pay tribute to the songs of disco queen Donna Summer.

On Sunday, tune in to the Roaring ’20s with an afternoon of Lindy Hop that kicks off with a free taster session followed by the Frankie Sixes at 3pm.

Next Tuesday, Latin vibes rule the roost with Beza Cabeza showcasing bossa nova vibes while on June 1, get a little ska-happy with Chanelle Guerzo singing the songs of No Doubt.

Other highlights to look out for in the coming weeks include a night with blues legend Julian Mokhtar (of Blues Gang fame) and Mojo Hand on June 2, followed by a night of tropical jazz on June 6, with Kai Chalmers singing out strong.

Cover charges apply, please visit website to get tickets.

TEN PJ

125, Jalan Gasing, Section 10, PJ

Tel: 012-218 1866

Ten has been around for awhile and keeps on getting some great jams throughout the week.

In May, guitar maestro and all-round awesome rocker Muzza takes to the stage here from 8.30pm onwards.

Classic rock fans will be in for a treat as Muzza brings his talents to the fore.

On Sunday nights, take a walk back in time with some evergreen songs presented by the inimitable Victor M.

BOBO KL

65-2, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, KL

Tel: 012-683 8603

Bobo and its baby grand have played host to many a music great. It’s a great spot with everything from comedy to jazz and other great sounds.

Next Wednesday and Thursday, get ready for some rib-tickling action on stage with Rizal van Geyzel and Kavin Jay for some crowd control.

Zee Avi will be performing at Bobo KL on June 20 in support of Mercy Malaysia for the children of Gaza.Zee Avi will be performing at Bobo KL on June 20 in support of Mercy Malaysia for the children of Gaza.

Next Friday and Saturday, piano man Michael Veerapen and his Trio, comprising Tasneem on bass and Cliff on drums, guide the vocal harmonies and tight choreography of Joshua, Jessica and Calista on stage.

On June 20, Zee Avi will be on stage in Bobo KL for a one-night only benefit performance in support of Mercy Malaysia for the children of Gaza.

For tickets, visit https://www.cloudjoi.com/org/bobokl

SAM’S @ INTAN

Unit G-09, Block A, Lobby 3, Damansara Intan E-Business Park,

1, Jalan SS20/70, Damansara Intan, PJ

Tel: 017-885 1187

Sam’s @ Intan serves up some great vibes after dark and plays host to an array of talents entertaining the crowd with everything from evergreens to today’s chart-toppers.

On Thursday nights, rocker Muzza slings his axe into gear on stage here.

Next Wednesday, join Colin Jansen and Ice as they heat up the night.

On Friday nights, the Half Baked Duo gets in on the action while on Saturday nights, The A Street Band sing out strong.

BATS

A-8-G, Sunway Giza Mall,

Jalan PJU 5/14, PJ

Tel: 012-969 8557

BATS is a fun spot out in the heart of Kota Damansara with a host of live acts to get the music flowing.

Tonight, Bala, a near-legendary axeman on the pub circuit, takes his guitar for a ride at BATS.

Tomorrow night, crooner Vishnu is back to tickle the ivories as he joins Jimie Loh, Adeline and Joshua for a night of fun music.

For a full list of musicians performing here, check out https://www.facebook.com/bats.restaurant.bar

SWIG@MEGAH

3A, Jln SS24/11, Taman Megah, PJ

Tel: 016-951 6627

Swig swings into the new year with a new outlet in Taman Megah, with a different vibe from the original in Jalan Gasing.

Embarking on a series of mini musical evenings themed “Living Room Concerts”, Swig@Megah brings in young, up-and-coming artistes as well as familiar faces on the scene.

Do check out their Facebook page for who’s going to be on stage next and for ticketing details.

LAVAA RESTOBAR

25, Jalan 17/56, Section 17, PJ

Tel: 03-7931 5446

Great vibes, good food and a selection of original cocktails make this nifty PJ outlet a great place to chill, and not just after dark.

Musical magic happens twice a week here, with an extra special Sunday session from 3pm to 7pm. It’s a great time to just chill with the sounds of Sharin going solo with his acoustic guitar jamming up a storm.

ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR

3&5, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL

Tel: 016-315 3072

Set in the heart of Bangsar’s Telawi commercial area, Rock Bottom Bangsar is a great place to kick back and chill after a hard day of work.

Every Friday, take a trip back to the 1980s with The Union rocking up the stage.

SIMPLY JAZZ by Tin Box

28 & 29, Block C5, Level G3,

Publika, Solaris Dutamas, KL

Reservations: https://tinbox.my

Jazz fans in the Klang Valley have another new venue to enjoy.

Originally making its presence felt in TREC KL, Simply Jazz by Tin Box has moved to Publika for a whole new groove.

It’s a breath of fresh air for jazz fans in suburbia who’ve long had to make the trek deep into the heart of the city to get their kicks.

Tonight and tomorrow night, experience the extraordinary voice of chanteuse Junji Delfino as she graces the stage.

TWENTY EIGHT @ BANGSAR

28, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, KL

Tel: 019-870 0493

Now located just next door to its previous premises, Twenty Eight is not short of offerings for fans of a great night out.

Friday nights serve up something a little different at Twenty Eight, with Quiz Master Ram headlining in his own inimitable way.

But, it’s not just any other quiz night as there’ll be a live band on stage to keep punters entertained before, after and maybe even during the quiz.

For more information, reservations or general queries, please email enquiries@twentyeightbar.com

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