With the holiday season in full swing things usually slow down in the music scene. But this weekend there are a few shows that should get us through to the New Year.
On Saturday Live Bar is holding a show that we are pretty excited to see. Voodoo Gongfu from Beijing will be on stage. Shanghaiist happened to pick up a copy of their DVD in Beijing and with all the costumes and addition of traditional Chinese folk instruments they give even the non-metal fans a reason to make the Yangpu trek.
New Year’s Eve, the STD party moves to Atanus, on the Bund, where Top Floor Circus will be playing. If you haven’t seen TFC play yet (they don’t play often), then my friend… you are missing out. This is by far the most popular Shanghai band amongst the Shanghainese crowd (many songs are in Shanghainese) and they easily draw 300+ at all their shows. TFC on NYE w/ STD at Atanus….darn, doesn’t that have a nice ring to it. Also on New Years Eve, Hardcore underground fans should head to 021 Bar way, way out in Yangpu (even farther than Live Bar) where they are celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a number of local underground bands. We made the trip a few times, and it was worth it… nice to remember what a real dive bar is.
Other shows this weekend are Old Man Zhao playing his blend of folk out at Live Bar on Friday while Saturday STD holds their last Logo party of the year with the Infamous Red Hot Chilli Pepper cover band. Aberration, an old school punk band, is playing at Yuyintang on Sunday. We hope they get a better turn out than fellow punkers, Noname, did last weekend. Otherwise that mosh pit will be mighty lonely.
(video of Top Floor Circus)
Friday – December 28th
Student Band Night – Yuyintang – 8:00pm
Old Man Zhao – Live Bar – 9:30pm(40/35rmb w/1 drink)
Voodoo Kungfu – Live Bar – 9:30pm(50/45rmb w/1drink)
STD Party – Logo – 11pm(10rmb)
Sunday – December 30th
Aberration – Yuyintang – 9:30pm (30rmb)
Monday – December 31st
Top Floor Circus at STD – Atanus – 10pm (60rmb w/ 2 drinks)
021 Anniversary Party – 8pm (30rmb)
Atanus – 1A Zhongshan Donger Lu 中山东二路一号甲，外滩, 近延安路
021 Bar – 2F, 2893 Yang Shu Pu Road, North Bund Commercial Centre
Live Bar – 721 Kunming Lu by Tongbei Lu 杨浦区昆明路721号，近通北路
Yuyintang – 1731 Yanan Xilu by Kaixuan Lu 延安西路1731号(凯旋路)天山公园小白楼
Logo – 13 Xingfu Lu by Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路13号，近法华镇路
Abe Deyo is Shanghaiist’s Music Editor. Email tips, recommendations, news and gossip about Shanghai’s music scene to music at shanghaiist.com.