There’s a new tune playing at the Moon River pub, where a band of five international artists has taken over from the Filipino house band of the past nine years.
Cross Colours, with members from Bulgaria, Germany, the Philippines, and Trinidad took to the stage June 1, taking over from The Power Jam, which had entertained at the Thai Garden Resort’s pub since 2004.
Cross Colours plays nightly except Mondays from 9 p.m. to 12.45 a.m. at the Moon River Pub.
The band is fronted by Detelina Buntova of Bulgaria and joined on vocals by Simon Husin, who grew up in Hamburg the son of a German mother and Indonesian father. Eleazar Ocaric of the Philippines plays base guitar and also handles background vocals with Filipino lead guitarist Alvin Loterte. Band leader Richard Knights of Trinidad plays drums.
Several of the artists have played in Pattaya before in short stints with other bands, but have found a long-term home at the Moon River. Their tenure is ensured by their versatility. The band can play almost anything.
Knights dominates on the drums and has the arms to prove it. Ocariz, with his sunglasses and head movements, recalls Stevie Wonder with a perpetual smile. The slight Husin moves well and Buntova has both a beautiful face and voice.
Cross Colours plays nightly except Mondays from 9 p.m. to 12.45 a.m.