Shanghaiist was back at Yu Yin Tang after the extended New Year’s break. Gigs have been slow to restart after Spring Festival due to announced renovations of their space over by Tianshan Park. Alter-Ego played on Friday and we went down to Saturday’s 0093 Rock Showcase.
Our first discovery was that the renovations have not actually been finished. The performance space is unchanged and it’s the entry way that’s getting expanded. Basically, there’s a roof going over the front garden strip. Yu Yin Tang’s Facebook group have a note citing March 15th as the new completion date.
0093 is a multi band showcase featuring local talent from the 0093 rehearsal rooms. Shanghaiist is all for supporting new and local acts but all bar one played a majority of cover songs – sometimes all covers. However, Yu Yin Tang was packed with a great crowd of cool people and it finally felt like hanging at the old Longcao Lu location again.
Yu Yin Tang has also renovated it’s website and fervent supporters of local music might want to look for a new Facebook group called I.L.A.
Yu Yin Tang – 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (Entrance on Kaixuan Lu opp. Yan’an Lu Station)