Shanghaiist lists all the live music performances you might want to check out from now to Sunday this week. For fun things that aren’t live music, take a peek at our Pencil This In (out every Monday!)
The live music scene is slowly picking up after the recent Chinese New Year holidays, with the most notable event this week being the musical benefit in support of Haiti. Most notable – but not the only event! Check out what else is playing in town from today til Sunday!
Grassland Trio appears at Gecko’s, the newest live music venue in Pudong which opened just last December. The band is a collaboration between Lan Cao (Tom & Jerry) and Paul Haggis, presenting a selection of country, blues, and bluegrass music. Guitars, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica combined with three-part vocals create some awesome original tunes and live music.
8:30PM, Gecko’s, 319 Jinyan Lu in Zhangjiabang Originality Street near Jinxiu Lu, 进言路319号, no cover.
Shanghai’s acoustic tropical rock band Break for Borneo, which opened for Lions of Puxi at MAO Livehouse in January, finally plays its first headlining show on the Yu Yin Tang stage. Think reggae-tinged rock and rock-tinged reggae, with support from Goode, Whale and Stegosaurus?, which are soon releasing their first EP.
9PM, Yu Yin Tang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号, no cover.
A ladies night like no other hits Dada: some of Shanghai’s finest female talents DJs Siesta and Yen and singer ChaCha (with DJ Drunk Nun backing) come together to aid the New Citizen Life Center, which runs projects to support migrant women. Free entry and cheap drinks – all for a good cause.
9PM, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, between Fahuazhen Lu and Pingwu Lu in Changning District, 幸福路115号进法华镇路
Yu Yin Tang hosts the Big Qiang Dao rock party, which brings together a few local bands to showcase a new Shanghai indie label, the Zhu Lu He Feng Music Club. Those playing include mainstays Sonnet and Pinkberry, and newcomers Manbanpai and Yinyuetuan.
9PM, Yu Yin Tang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号, 40 RMB.
Taiwanese pop-rockers 1976 are playing at MAO Livehouse both Friday and Saturday nights. They’ve supported Oasis and entertained audiences across Asia with their versions of psychedelic-folk, Brit-pop and electronic rock.
8PM on Friday and Saturday, MAO Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu, 淮海路570号, 近虹桥路. 100RMB.
The biggest musical event this week, Dance for Haiti, is a musical benefit to increase awareness and raise funds for Haitian disaster relief. Organized by Nathaniel Mallon and Carl Siegel of Three Chord Truth, managers and producers of reggae outfit Lions of Puxi, the benefit brings together six locally-based bands, each playing 30-minute sets. In the lineup are acoustic gypsy jazz trio Wayne’s Basement, psychedelic rockers Duck Fight Goose, rock mainstay Studio 188, pop-rock quartet Monroe Stahr, rock-reggae sensation Lions of Puxi, and to end the evening, Weghur, a rock trio fronted by Xinjiang guitarist Hassan Mahmud. It’s a fantastic lineup in support of a heartbreaking cause.
9PM, Zhijiang Dream Factory, B4/F, 28 Yuyao Lu, near Xikang Lu 余姚路28号B4楼 近西康路, 100 RMB. All proceeds go towards Haitian disaster relief.
Japanese pop punk band Smash Up stops in Shanghai as part of their 2010 China tour. They are joined by upcoming Beijing band Larry’s Pizza, with whom they have a split record, available at the show. Limited Kick Rock Music CDs will be available at the entrance.
8PM, Yu Yin Tang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号.
Jazz player Theo Croker and his sextet present “Path of Transcendence”, a new suite composed to reflect the trumpeter’s life and experiences in Shanghai. Theo’s sextet includes: Jonathan Parker (alto sax), Andres Boiarsky (tenor sax), Nicholas Bouloukus (piano) Curtis Ostle (bass), and Charles Foldesh (drums). The show is part of JZ’s “Jazz in the Orient” series; more info can be found at the JZClub.
3PM, Shanghai Oriental Art Center in Pudong, 425 Dingxiang Road, 上海东方艺术中心，丁香路 425号, tickets 60 to 100 RMB.