The Asian invasion was back at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort this weekend with the Vietnamese Autumn Breeze bringing some of the biggest names in Vietnamese entertainment. Most of the show was spoken in Vietnamese, but there was a scattering of English thrown in for good measure.
Due to a pretty cold evening, at least compared to recent nights this week, the audience was somewhat thin. Checking inside, it was obvious that many concertgoers made a last-minute decision to try their luck inside the casino rather than brave the elements outside.
Kicking off the show were the emcees for the evening, Leyna Nguyen and Trinh Hoi. As in past Asian shows I’ve attended, it was fun trying to figure out what was going on. At one point, Nguyen and Hoi were talking in Vietnamese, and Nguyen started saying “chop chop” and using her fingers as scissors. Hoi paled and the audience was on the floor laughing, so you can only imagine what they were talking about. Once I realized what they were talking about, I think I went pale too.
The first artists out of the gate were singing duo Truc Linh and Truc Lam. They brought along with them a small dance troop. The audience was pretty non-responsive through their set, as they were for most of the evening, until the later acts. Linh and Lam are sisters in their mid- to late-20s and got their start in 1992, when they performed for the first time in public for a television program in Saigon.
They sang two songs, “Xin Cho Anh Yeu” and “Bang Bang.”
Huong Thuy, a singer from southern Vietnam known for Ca dao and Cai Luong singing, was up next. Thuy appears frequently on the long-running Vietnamese diaspora variety show, “Paris by Night.”
Thuy sang “Ben Song Cho” and “Hop Mat Lan Cuoi.” The audience was a little more upbeat when she first came out but quickly settled down.
Vu Khanh, one of the crooners of the night, came out singing “Yeu.” As he started his second song, Y Lan joined him and they sang “Chieu” and “Tram Nho Ngan Thuong.” This was met with quite a bit of applause.
Lan finished off with a solo of “What’s Up,” which she sang in English. She did an awesome job, hitting the high notes spot on. This got a partial standing ovation ““ remember most of these people were freezing.
My favorite act of the night was Tuan Anh. She ““ scratch that ““ He came out making a couple of jokes. I have no idea what he was saying, but I was on the floor laughing. This guy is just plain funny with his mannerisms, accents and, of course, his style ““ very comical, but once he started singing, it’s obvious he’s a singer first, comedian second. He sang “Em Lat Tat Ca” and “I Who Have Nothing.”
Trieu Minh hopped on stage and sang “Chi La Di Vang” and “Tinh Yeu Khong Quat Ve.” She sounded great,
and at one point she had the dance crew join her onstage.
Bang Kieu was up next singing “Chuyen Tinh Yeu” and “Nang Hoi.” He was a mix between crooner and pop.
Comedian duo Bao Liem and Bao Vy came out to a cool reception, but by the middle of their set they had the audience laughing. It’s at this point I wish I knew what the two were going on about, since I started laughing without knowing why.
The second crooner of the evening was heart throb Quang Dung ““ yes, I said dung. Stop laughing! It’s the guy’s name! So, Dung came out singing “Vi Ngot Doi Moi” and “Vet Thu Tren Lung Nguoi Hoang.” I heard many of the women screaming. I’m thinking they must have sat on a cold chair or something.
Headlining the evening’s event was Toc Tien. This young lady wanted to be a doctor as she was growing up and still aspires to do so, but her singing career has temporarily sidetracked her. She has a wonderfully soulful sound and definitely got the crowd going. She was the only performer of the evening who really got the entire crowd cheering. She is an awesome performer and earned the right to headline such an event.
As I’ve said before, although I don’t speak Vietnamese, it was interesting to attend a concert where you can’t understand the language. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what language you speak when listening to music. It’s what moves you that counts.
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Featuring Quang Dung, Y Lan, Bang Kieu, Toc Tien, Tuan Anh , Vu Khanh, Huong Thuy, Trieu Minh, Truc Linh, and Truc Lam
With MCs: Leyna Nguyen & Trinh Hoi
Comedians: Bao Liem & Bao Vy
The Asian invasion continued at Thunder Valley Casino Resort this weekend with the Vietnamese Hot Summer Concert. Some of the biggest names in Vietnamese entertainment were present. Some of the entertainers reside in the United States and cater to the Vietnamese population, so there was some English spoken during the show. I don’t speak a lick of Vietnamese, but I do like good music, so I was in luck.
The MC’s for the night were Nam Loc Nguyen and Bao Chau. In between artists either Nguyen, Chau or both would come out and introduce the next artist. Every time Chau came back on stage, she had a different dress. They were all long, flowing dresses that were quite colorful.
First up was Adam Ho. He came out singing “Hotel California,” and yes, it was in English. His second tune was in Vietnamese. Adam had a lot of energy and really played to the crowd, bouncing back and forth from one side of the stage to the other. At one point, he had a problem with his guitar. It seems he’s not used to using wireless.
Next up was Tam Doan. Doan was born in Vietnam and currently lives in Canada, making numerous trips to California to work on her recording career. She started off with a rumba sounding song entitled, “Can Nha Ngoai O.” Truong Vu joined Doan for her second song, “Mai Lo Hai Minh Xa Nhau.”
Vu did a great job and from what I could tell, he’s a crooner through and through. Much of the audience really enjoyed his song with Doan. After their song together, Doan left the stage and Vu sang “Voc Gac Dem Suong.” Considering the way all the women in the audience were reacting to his smooth vocals, this particular song was a love song.
Khanh Ly, who currently lives in Cerritos, California, came out and sang two songs, the second of which was a duet with Tuan Ngoc, “Nhu Mot Loi Chia Tay.” This was followed by Ngoc singing a solo of “Cry Me a River.”
Things started to pick up when Minh Tuyet started in with a melody that had a great cha-cha feel to it. Unfortunately, she got off to a rocky start. She arrived late and was unable to attend the rehearsal, so she had to work with the band in between songs to ensure they were in the right key. She went on to sing a duet with Luong Tung Quang.
Luong Tung Quang performs at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort (Image by: Randy Miramontez) After Tuyet left the stage, Quang started singing “The Gioi Khong Tinh Yeu.” A group of dancers joined him onstage to finish the song.
Thu Phuong played a steamy set, at least it looked steamy to me. I still hadn’t quite gotten the hang of Vietnamese, but by the way the men were reacting it was steamy. Phuong sang “Bai Tho Khong Doan Ket” and “Tinh Ho.”
Lam Truong performs at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort (Image by: Randy Miramontez) Following Phuong was Lam Truong performing “Tinh Nhu Giac Mong Tan” and “LK Tinh Phai.” Truong was quite the looker with several women shouting out, “I love you.” The performer took it all in stride, but you could tell he was loving it.
Headlining the show was Hong Ngoc, who currently lives in Texas. Performing, “Chuyen Thuong Tinh The Thoi” and “Cho Mot Lan Chia Ly,” it was obvious she is the pop singer of the group. Her set started out slow and then finished fast with her hips doing all the work. She could give Shakira a run for her money; this girl can move.
Although I don’t speak Vietnamese, it was interesting to attend a concert where you can’t understand the language. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what language you speak when listening to music; It’s what moves you that counts.