While most of the Hengshan Lu bars spend their time trying to attract customers with Thursday night offerings of “little girls and little boys” (no joke), The Melting Pot has been putting on a weekly show of Inner Mongolian country bluegrass blues players named Tom and Jerry. The musical super duo mix authentic guitar chops with mandolin, fiddle and a pleasing Chinese drawl to warm even the most frigid of nights. With the help of talented local musicians, Tom and Jerry recreate anything from Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues” to a convincing southern-style take on Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”. While the bar could use a price check (we’re not there to show how rich we are–or wish to be), the setting is both comfortable and spacious. Come check them out at The Melting Pot on Thursdays, starting at 9:30 PM. Definitely not your average Shanghai (or Kentuckian) Thursday night.
Photos by Stephen Yang