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Curtis King and Ms. Thuy at the Hard Rock Cafe - August 2012. (Photo by Nguyen Ky)

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"A bit of jazz, a touch of soul, a whole lotta rock 'n' roll!"

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The Curtis King Band is a funky, bluesy, jazzy, good-time, traveling rock ‘n’ roll band with an East-meets-West sound. The band has been playing throughout Asia since 1996, travelling to most corners of the continent (Vietnam, India, Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. etc.). Curtis King, a GRAMMY-recognized artist (guitar/harmonica/vocals/trumpet) and his cast of world-class musicians and entertainers have been featured on MTV, the BBCChina Central TelevisionXoneFM Radio (Vietnam), and HTV (Vietnam). The band has performed at several regional festivals, including Jakarta International Jazz Festival (Jakjazz) 2012 and 2007, Hue Festival 2010 (Vietnam)The Japan Blues Festival (2009), The 2008 Agent Orange Benefit Concert (Vietnam)Live Earth (Singapore, 2007)and Loreto Fest 2008 (Vietnam).  Curtis King has shared the stage with international legends Deep PurpleMagic Slim and the Teardrops, O'Donel "OD" LevyRiki Hendrix, Anand Bhatt, local Vietnamese talents Tran Manh TuanSiu Black, Hong Nhung, Anh Khoa, GRAMMY-recognized Ha Okio, Singapore's guitarist extraordinaire John Chee (at the legendary Crazy Elephant), Matthew "Cadillac" Cooper, Juram, and many other top performers from around the world. The band has recorded 2 live albums and 2 studio albums (1 of which hit the #1 spot in Indonesia), and has recently experimented with an East-meets-West blues / jazz style using traditional Asian instruments. The Curtis King Band is also involved in the local community, supporting the Vietnam Red Cross on the Agent Orange issue, and the Indonesian Red Cross on Tsunami-related issues.

Curtis King is also available for recording harmonica (and guitar), and has modern mobile recording equipment and a studio in Dalat (Vietnam). He has recorded with several bands including "The Unseen Guest" (India), "The Ocean Band" (Singapore), "Buyana" (Mongolia), Anand Bhatt (USA), Tran Manh Tuan (Vietnam), Anh Khoa (Vietnam), GRAMMY-recognized Ha Okio (Vietnam), Tran Manh Tuan (Vietnam), and many others.

Real music. Good times. Have guitar, will travel. :-)

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NEW......  The best (and only!) place to go late night in Dalat....


The Escape Bar (Located in the Blue Moon Hotel, 50 meters from V Cafe)

Open Daily 4pm til late Happy Hour 4pm til 7pm. Nightly live music 9pm-midnight.

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Come and check out our new hotel in Dalat! The Dalat Train Villa!

Located near the Dalat Train Station, the Dalat Train Villa is a perfect place for short or long stays in Dalat.

The villa is a beautifully restored 2-story masterpiece of French colonial-era architecture (1935). 

Next to the villa is 1910 French train car, which is being renovated into a bar/cafe. (Will be ready approx June 2013).

Within 10 minutes of most major attractions in Dalat. Very quiet neighborhood. Newly refurbished. Beautiful mountain views from all rooms. 

Total 4 Units, each unit with 2 rooms, bathroom, mini-kitchen, large screen TV.

Units are available either as hotel rooms, or short or long term stay serviced apartments. Perfect for family vacations, pensioners, expats working in Dalat.

Features: Free WIFI in all rooms. Airport pickup by private car. Motorbike rental. Tour information. Laundry. 

Address: 1 Quang Trung St, Ward 9, Villa #3 (From Ho Xuan Huong Lake, take first left after Dalat Train Station)

Tel:  (063) 381 6365 or Tel: +84 (0) 903342442  

email:  web:

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A new tune on which I play Latin-style harmonica is officially on the ballot for Latin GRAMMY Award Nomination consideration. The tune is called "Mi Corazon Insiste" ("My Heart Insists"), by a travelling Indian-American friend Anand Bhatt.

Official press release:

To listen to the song (music only):

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The Curtis King Band: Who is Curtis King? Who Cares?

"Who is Curtis King? Who Cares?" with Walter Cronkite (played by voice maestro Joe Murray) narrating the life and times of Curtis King, interviewing a host of famous and some not-so-famous fans of Curtis King. Between the interviews, catch the all original music tracks includings songs featuring Matthew "Cadillac" Cooper, Erick Swackhammer, and John Chee.


Voice Master Joe Murray and Curtis King - Singapore (Photo by Rainbow)

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When you're up in Da Lat, please come join us for some good food and good tunes at the V Cafe - the home of the blues in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. V Cafe, 1/1 Bui Thi Xuan, Dalat, Vietnam Tel: (84) (63) 352 0215 Email:




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Need a quiet, centrally located place to stay in Dalat?


Located in the center of Dalat, the Dalat Green City Hotel is a perfect place to stay in Dalat.

Within 5 minutes of most major attractions in Dalat. Very quiet. Newly refurbished. Beautiful view from the rooftop. 12 rooms total.

Features: Free WIFI in all rooms. Coffee shop downstairs. Airport pickup. Bicycle rental. Tour information. Laundry. Business center.  

Guests at the Dalat Green City Hotel will enjoy a 10% discount at the V Café (1/1 Bui Thi Xuan).

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The Curtis King Band is currently based out of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam featuring Curtis King (from Cleveland, USA - the home of Rock 'n' Roll) on vocals, guitar and harmonica. While performing in Singapore in 2005, Curtis was selected by Singapore Business Visitor magazine as one of the top 5 "must see" performers in Singapore. (Singapore Business Visitor, August 2005) The band has a vast repertoire that includes classics from many eras and genres... with good music and groove as the core, we can throw in rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing, soul, blues, funk, reggae, disco, country, and even a bit of hip hop. We also have a large database of local and international musicians, and we can put together just the right entertainment to meet our clients' requirements. We've been called "Arguably the best party band in Asia." We've played almost every kind of party imaginable: diplomatic events, gala balls, birthdays, weddings, galas, Hash House Harriers, and yes, even funerals. We've played for heads of state, newlyweds, billionaires, and even the dead. :-) 

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On June 22, 2011 four musicians met for the first time at a recording studio in Singapore. They entered a recording room, set up their instruments and with little discussion and no plan whatsoever, did what they do best - play music LIVE! 4 hours later, the result of this spontaneous combustion was The Riverwalk Session - 14 musical pieces bursting at the seams with intensity and emotion in a blend of styles that could never have been imagined or ever concocted.

Each track contains a mixture of styles and sounds only as unique and multi-cultural as the creators - a guitar and mandolin player from Kerala (India), a Singaporean classical singer, an American harmonica playin' blues journeyman and a clarinet player who uses musical theory to fuse noise with music.

Prepare to be mesmerized by real music by real musicians playing acoustic instruments in a 3how way that can probably never be recreated! Until the next time*... if ever!

*at the time of release of this album in July 2012, the same bunch of musicians had not ever met or played music together after this recording....



All songs written, performed and produced by:

Amith Narayan - guitar, mandolin, hand percussion and backing vocals

Bani Haykal - clarinet, maui xaphoon, cymbals, flute and guitar

Curtis King - guitar, slide and harmonica

Wilson Goh - vocals

Co-produced by Stephen Black

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Curtis King and/or The Curtis King Band has performed at/for the following VENUES/CLIENTS:


VIETNAM: - In HO CHI MINH CITY: The Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, The Reunification Palace, The American Consulate, The American Chamber of Commerce (6 Years running celebrating July 4), The Canadian Consulate, New Zealand Consulate, Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Malaysian Consulate/Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber of Commerce, Dragon Capital, Accor Hotel Group, Caravelle Hotel, Sofitel Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Park Hyatt, Legend Hotel, Omni Hotel, Equatorial Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, New World Hotel, Ben Thanh Theatre, The Underground, Sax 'n' Art Jazz Club, Sheridan's Irish Bar, IBM Asia, BP Vietnam, Galaxy PR, Nike Vietnam, Tag Heuer Watches, Manna, 17 Saloon, Riverside Apartments, Chu Bar, Bottom Line, Hideaway Cafe, Chu Bar, Bop Jazz Club, Wild Horse Saloon, Sanho Bar, Apocolypse Now, #5 Bar, Yoko, Napoli, Chill Sky Bar, 16 Club, Bonsai Boat, AVC Events, Acoustic Bar, Riverside Hotel, Pacharan, Terry Fox Run, Democrats Abroad Teleconference with Barack Obama, The Deck, The Saigon Cyclo Challenge, Zanzibar, Xu Bar, RFC (Rock Fan Club), Mexico Lindo, Ala Mezon, Centro Cafe, Universal Bar, Feneitre du Soleil, Brotzeit, Indoor Sports Stadium, Kotex, Dragan Home Furnishing, International Balut Championship, Binh An Village, Grand Hotel - In HANOI: Sofitel Metropole, Sheraton Hanoi, Intercontinental Hotel, Melia Hanoi, American Chamber of Commerce Hanoi, American Club, Caltex Asia, Horison Hotel, 17 Saloon, The Rock & Roll Tavern, Finnegan's Irish Pub, Minh's Jazz Club, The Sandbox, Press Club, Don's Bistro - In DANANG: The Nam Hai (5 star), Furama Hotel (5 star), The BIG Group - In HUE: Festival Hue 2010 - In DALAT: Sofitel Palace Hotel, Ana Mandara, V Cafe, The Escape Bar, Golf 3 Hotel, Eros Cafe (Viet Huong), Moc Cafe, Envy, Zen Cafe - In PHAN THIET/MUINE: Novotel Hotel, Coco Beach, Guava, Allez Boo Resort, Jibes, Full Moon Resort, Joe's Cafe, Blue Moon, Oceans Republic - In NHATRANG: Sunrise Hotel, Diamond Bay, Sailing Club, Guava, Louisiane Brewhouse. Oz Bar, Booze Cruise - In VUNGTAU: Rex Hotel, Palace Hotel, McCullum's Irish Bar, Pig & Whistle (Labyrinth), Oma Music Club, Black Cats - In VINH PHUC/TAM DAO: Belvedere Resort - In PHAN RANG: Ninh Chu Resort - In THE MEKONG DELTA: Phuong Nam Resort (Can Gio), Gio Cong Doan Hotel (Can Tho), Huyen Thoai Music Bar (Soc Trang) - In VINH: The @ Club - In CON DAO: Six Senses Con Dao Resort - In QUY NHON: Life Resort Quy Nhon - In Phu Quoc: Ochre Italian Restaurant

INDONESIA - Where we had our 1st #1 CD - THANKS DISCTARRA - WE LOVE YOU!! (Yes, it's nice to be the small guy beating Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, The BeeGees, Westlife, The Eagles, and the Foo Fighters!) -  9th Annual Jakarta International Jazz Festival, University of Indonesia (Jazz Goes To Campus Festival), Sultan Hotel, Jaya Pub, Eastern Promise, Plaza Indonesia EX, La Bodega Music Club (Jakarta), Steps Cafe (Batam)





JAPAN: - TOKYO: Checkerboard Blues Club (Asagaya), Bright and Brown Blues and Jazz Lounge (Nakano), Gamuso (Asagaya), Ruby Room (Shabuya), Rooster (Ogikubo) - AOMORI: JAPAN BLUES FESTIVAL 2009, Atom Club

INDIA: - MUMBAI (BOMBAY): Hard Rock Cafe - HYDERABAD: The Ista Hotel - BANGALORE: The Grand Ashok Hotel - NEW DELHI: The Palms Country Club - KOLKATA (CALCUTTA): The Taj, Someplace Else Music Bar (Park Hotel)



SINGAPORE: The Crazy Elephant (SE Asia's premiere rock and roll/blues club), Australian Embassy, British Embassy, Raffles Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel, Swisshotel, Intercontinental Hotel. Indochine Club, Harry's Jazz Club, Harry's @ the Esplanade, Harry's @ Millenia Walk, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marriott Hotel (Bar None), The American Club, Alkaff Mansion, Hard Rock Cafe, Formula 1 Racing, 1 Fullerton, Singapore Aviation Academy, Thomson Financial Group, Walton International, Muddy Murphy's Irish Pub, Penny Black Irish Pub, Roomful of Blues, Ipanema Music Bar, Prince of Wales, Seven Inch, Timbre @ Substation, BluJazz Club


- Beijing: Palace Hotel (Beijing), Beijing Beer Festival (representing Budweiser), China Central Television (national live broadcast of Spring Festival show, with 400 Million viewers), The Redwood Bar, Rick's Cafe, Ted's Cafe, City Cafe, CD Cafe, Jianghu Bar, Gongyuan Music Cafe

- Shanghai: MTV Asia, Cotton Club, American Club, Nike China, Full House Jazz Club, George V, Malone's, Havana Club - Guangzhou: Hard Rock Cafe

- Nanjing: Music Fest on the Lake

- Chengdu: Sin Palace 

- Taipei: Brown Sugar 

- Hong Kong: Hard Rock Cafe, Four Seasons Hotel, Dinamoe Hum - Jazz in Soho, Foreign Correspondents Club, The Blue Door Jazz Club, The Wanch, Joyce is Not Here, Peel Fresco Music Bar, Makumba Africa Bar, Vibes Jazz Bar, Skylark Music Lounge, Belgos East, Backstage Music Club, Grappa's Cellar, Insiders

- Macau: The Venetian (Bellini Lounge), Club Militare, The Roadhouse

CAMBODIA: Intercontinental Hotel (Phnom Penh), Sokha Hotel (5 Star, Siem Reap), Le Meridien Hotel (5 Star, Siem Reap), Sharky Bar (Phnom Penh), Talkin' To A Stranger (Phnom Penh), Memphis (Phnom Penh), International Business Chamber (IBC), Paddy Rice, Riverside Bistro 

MYANMAR: "50th Street" (Yangon), Pansodan Gallery (Yangon)

KOREA: The Bungalow (Seoul), Stompers (Seoul) 


AUSTRALIA. Bondi Beach Bar (BB's) (Sydney), Royal Standard Hotel (Melbourne)

MONGOLIA: - Ulan Bataar: Bayangol Hotel Jazz Club, River Sounds Music Bar, Irish Castle

NEW ZEALAND: The Miller (Christchurch) 

LAOS: On the Rock (Vientiane), Da Fao Music Club (Luang Prabang) Muang Swa Night Club (Luang Prabang) 

MALAYSIA: No Black Tie Jazz Club (Kuala Lumpur), Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur, Hercules Blues Bar 

THAILAND: Tokyo Joe's Blues Club, Brown Sugar Jazz Club, Adhere the 13th Blues Bar, Country Roads

PHILIPPINES: Shangri-La Makati (Manila)

SRI LANKA: Rhythm & Blues Club (Colombo)

NEPAL: The Hyatt Hotel (Khatmandu), Upstairs Jazz Club (Khatmandu), All That Jazz (Pokhara)

UNITED KINGDOM: Yorkshire Jazz Club

USA: Thunderbird Global School of Management (Arizona), Ohio State University, Bernie's (Columbus, Ohio), The Mexican Restaurant (Columbus, Ohio, where it all began!)

SPAIN: University of Toledo (Centro Ortega y Gasset), University of Alcala de Henares

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Available for exclusive private parties, weddings, corporate functions, Blues Brothers parties, regular club or resort performances, anywhere in Asia. Email us for schedule/inquiries.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES!! The Curtis King Band "LIVE" in Saigon, 2008 with Erick "The Hammer" and the amazing Dr. Le Roi Jones.  

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CHARITY EFFORT:  WORKING WITH THE VIETNAM AGENT ORANGE VICTIM'S FUND  Learn about the problem, and how to make a very worthwhile donation.  

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ARTWORK OF THE MONTH: "The Blues Brothers" by John Cross, San Francisco / Saigon, Vietnam

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