Culture Music Festival puts folk, country in spotlight

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Chaichan Eaimcharoen, deputy governor of Chonburi, Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Chareonchasri, the mayor of Pattaya and Sujitra Jongchansito, deputy governor for Products and Tourism Business Division joined for the opening of the Thailand Cultural Music Festival.
Chaichan Eaimcharoen, deputy governor of Chonburi, Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Chareonchasri, the mayor of Pattaya and Sujitra Jongchansito, deputy governor for Products and Tourism Business Division joined for the opening of the Thailand Cultural Music Festival.

EDM, pop and rock took two nights off as folk, country and Issan music took over Bali Hai Pier for the Thailand Cultural Music Festival.

Chonburi Deputy Gov. Chai­chan Iamcharoen opened the May 25-26 festival featuring not only music, but regional food and product booths and even movie stars.

Tasty dishes and products from each of Thailand’s four major regions were on offer, as well as games and activities, such as temporary tattoos, which proved to be quite popular.

Entertainment over the two nights was provided by Anadaman, The Rube, Zack Chumpae, James Jirayu, Pattalung, Mahalai Guachon, Manorah, Kai Liem, Rassamee Isan Soul, GA-PI Dub, and Lamyai Hai Thong­kham on Friday; and Lanna Camin, Beel Siengisarn, Infinity Band and an Issan music battle between Sawadee and Puey Perngmang on Saturday.

The finale featured cast members from the hit “Buphae Saniwat” TV series, who sang songs from the film and lingered afterward for autographs.

Naen Watiya gets the crowd going with the song ‘Ter Noh Ter’.
Naen Watiya gets the crowd going with the song ‘Ter Noh Ter’.
Pope Thanawan, star of the Muensutorntewah movie series appears on stage to sing ‘Or Jaow’.
Pope Thanawan, star of the Muensutorntewah movie series appears on stage to sing ‘Or Jaow’.
Zack Chumpae (left) goes up against James Jirayu in a music battle. The live streams for the night reached up to 250,000 views.
Zack Chumpae (left) goes up against James Jirayu in a music battle. The live streams for the night reached up to 250,000 views.
Nun Ramida and Luis Scott sing ‘Wan Chuen’, which is also a featured song in the Buphet Saniwat movie series.
Nun Ramida and Luis Scott sing ‘Wan Chuen’, which is also a featured song in the Buphet Saniwat movie series.
Music fans put up signs to attract attention from their favorite actors.
Music fans put up signs to attract attention from their favorite actors.
The theme was ‘culture’, with a ton of activities and tasty dishes for people to try.
The theme was ‘culture’, with a ton of activities and tasty dishes for people to try.
Even foreigners couldn’t resist having a dance to the traditional Thai music.
Even foreigners couldn’t resist having a dance to the traditional Thai music.
The festival was great fun for families.
The festival was great fun for families.
Infinity Band perform at the festival.
Infinity Band perform at the festival.