|Major attraction: Pop star Dan Truong's live show, Cam On Doi, is expected to attract more than 12,000 fans, mostly students and workers, tonight in HCM City. — File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — Live music shows at theatres and stadiums held in HCM City in the run-up to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday are expected to feature thousands of screaming, happy fans.
Dan Truong and My Tam, who are hugely popular, will perform at live shows tonight.
"My show, Cam On Doi (Showing Gratitude), celebrates my 20 years of singing," said Truong in a recent interview with media.
"My producer spent more than VND6 billion (US$260,000) on light and sound effects and other elements to perfect the show," he added.
More than 12,000 fans, mostly students and labourers, have paid VND50,000 ($2) to 120,000 ($5) for tickets to see their idols on stage.
Truong began his career by singing pop and dance, but has recently turned to folk.
"I want to provide my fans something new. I also hope that singing folk will encourage youth to learn more about traditional music," he said.
He will perform 21 songs in the style of pop, dance, blues and folk, with the support of his group of 50 dancers. The artists will wear 900 different costumes.
"My crew and I have worked hard the whole year to win over fans for the show," said the 40-year-old.
Truong has invited veteran singers Lam Truong, Phuong Thanh and Cam Ly, and young singers like Ngo Kien Huy, Hoai Lam and the boy band 365 to perform with him.
His producer, Le Hoang Tuan, said: "We're confident we can meet the demand of audiences of different backgrounds."
The evening's highlights will include folk songs from Ngay va Dem (Day and Night), which was released in 2010.
Truong began his singing career in 1997, overcoming challenges along the way to becoming a big star.
In 1999, his first album, Dan Truong Collection, helped to establish his name.
Three years later, his top hit Giac Mo Mau Xanh (Blue Dream) became a phenomenon and helped him win his first Mai Vang Award for the year's best singer, presented by the city-based Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) newspaper.
He was chosen for the award six times, and has produced more than 30 albums.
His concert, Cam On Doi, will take place at 8pm tonight at the 7th Military Zone Stadium in District Tan Binh.
While Truong's show aims to entertain audiences, singer and songwriter Tam and her staff have worked to create a show for charity.
Tam's show, O Cua Mau Xanh (Blue Window), will raise funds to support disadvantaged children for Tet.
"This is a great show in my career," said 35-year-old Tam. "I feel very nervous but I believe in my ability and my stage specialists."
Tam, with a strong and impressive voice and exciting stage presence, will be on stage for two hours, singing and dancing songs written by talented musicians like Duc Tri and Quoc Bao.
She and guest opera singer Trong Tan will perform revolutionary songs, remixed in a new style.
Tam began her professional career in 1999 after leaving the HCM City Music Conservatory.
She quickly became a star after releasing a series of hit songs, such as Uoc Gi (I wish) and Cay Dan Sinh Vien (The Students' Guitar).
In 2004, she became the first Vietnamese singer to perform in the Asia Song Festival in Seoul and received a Plaque of Appreciation and Best Contribution Award from the Korean Minister of Culture and Tourism.
She has worked with Korean producers to release several albums and MVs, and was among 12 "ABC's Global Pop Sensations You've Never Heard Of" named by the ABC News programme, part of the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV network.
Her My Tam Foundation launched a charity programme called Nang Buoc Ngay Mai (Sustain the Steps for Tomorrow) to offer scholarships and charity houses for poor and disabled students living in remote provinces.
Her show's tickets range from VND500,000 ($22) to 2.5 million ($110) each, and all proceeds will be used to help needy people.
More than 2,500 people will join her show tonight at Hoa Binh Theatre in District 10. — VNS