Rockstorm 2010 Nha Trang

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Recycle rehearsing
 

Around 3:30 in the afternoon music began to vibrate from April 2 Square along the beach, good western-style rock music. I finished my iced coffee, paid the 5,000 VND tab, then pedaled around the corner to check it out. I had seen the stage being assembled over the past few days at the north end of the square near the lotus-shaped Tourist Center tower. It was much bigger and better equipped than those set up for the Christmas, New Year, and Tet holidays with larger speakers, light racks, and five big video screens (back to back on either side of a center-stage screen). A smaller, covered platform housed sound mixing equipment, video cameras, spotlights, and seating for special guests or ticket buyers.  A band was rehearsing to tune and adjust the equipment. Their music resonated loud and clear for quarter of a mile or more.

 

I returned in the evening.

Performer
A chest-high fence kept fans a good three meters from the stage where one of the bands played energetic heavy rock tunes. One video camera was slowly rolled back and forth on a track in front of the stage, others moved around filming the musicians from different angles. The center screen alternated between colorful kaleidoscopic graphics and shots of the performers and the audience. The event was being televised nationwide. Much of the audience stood with curious or confused expressions, children on their shoulders. Some waved arms overhead and few screamed or cheered. I was surprised that no one danced, the music was right.

 

When Recycle took the stage, I recognized them as the band that was practicing this afternoon. After they did several upbeat songs, Minh Thu, the only solo female performer, sang more great tunes; one in English, another in Vietnamese.

 

The crowd progressively thickened so I made my way along the beach to the opposite end of the square.

Minh Thu
Venders scattered throughout selling the usual festival items: fruit, dried squid, sugar cane juice, grilled corn, cotton candy, and helium-filled balloons. There was no alcohol and like all the major events I'd seen in Nha Trang this one seemed family-oriented. It was the third annual Rockstorm and kicked off in Hanoi in November to perform in ten provinces across the nation. It was a rare and awesome display of eastern and western cultures mixing together. Anyone planning a trip to Vietnam can find a schedule for Rockstorm performances here:  www.rockstorm.vn

 

 

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Recycle rehearsing
Recycle rehearsing
Performer
Performer
Minh Thu
Minh Thu
Stage
Stage
Band rehearsing
Band rehearsing
Stage on April 2 Square
Stage on April 2 Square
Poster
Poster
Rockstorm 2010
Rockstorm 2010
Audience on screen
Audience on screen
Audience
Audience
Security
Security
Colorful screen
Colorful screen
Recycle onscreen
Recycle onscreen
Recycle onstage
Recycle onstage
Fans in the square
Fans in the square
Drummer
Drummer
Venders
Venders
Young fans
Young fans
Corn vender
Corn vender
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85