Every Friday, Weekendist brings you our picks of the best of what’s coming in the next three days.
To be honest, this weekend has music written all over it. From salsa to heavy bass, classical to hip hop and progressive rock to Afrobeat, the melodies are endless. But we covered most of that in our midweek music preview (which we suggest you check out if you’re feeling so inclined).
Luckily, those who just want to party – live music or no – still have numerous options. Here are our picks and be sure to check our Calendar for more info.
Tonight is a chance to give a warm Shanghai welcome to Taiwan’s DJ Gin. Having worked with big US names such as Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins and Flo Rida, he will be debuting in Shanghai at Sin Club’s Hip Hop Friday. Cover charge: 100 RMB after 10.30pm, ladies get in for free.
Sin Club, 23/F, Want Want Plaza, 211 Shimen Yi Lu 石门一路211号, 旺旺大厦23楼
The Levelboys, a Swiss duo part of a new wave of DJs in Geneva, are coming to Not Me. One of their remixes made it into the top 50 best electro songs of 2009, so expect something somebody with electro leanings will probably like. Also, there’s a 100RMB open bar.
10pm, Not Me, 21 Dongping Lu, by Hengshan Lu. 东平路21号近衡山路
If you like Beethoven with your Eggs Benedict, then head to the Shanghai Oriental Art Center’s Saturday Brunch Concert at 10am. Performing will be the Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Cover charge: 30-80 RMB.
10AM, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Boulevard, 上海东方艺术中心, 浦东新区丁香路425号
Node Lounge will be treating us to its grand opening tonight. Japanese DJs MURO and Morita will be on the ones and twos providing Hed Kandi and Defected-esque sounds. Cover charge: 100 RMB
Node Lounge, A2-101, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu 淮海西路570号A2-101, 近虹桥路
Commemorating Fashion Week is the glamorous Lounge18’s Masquerade Party. Masks and formal attire are a must. Call 6323 8399 for reservations.
Lounge18, 4/F, Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu, 中山东一路18号4楼, 近南京东路
From 5-7pm, The Box will be hosting its Gay Movie and a Drink session, showcasing gay-themed feature films and short videos over a beverage. This week’s film is Pedro Almodovar’s La Mala Educacion. Participants will also get the chance to introduce clips from their favourite LGBT movies (max. 20 minutes), or present their own videos about LGBT issues. If you want to take part, show up at 4pm. No cover charge.
The Box, B1/F, 10 Hengshan Lu, 衡山路10号
Sunday night salsa with no cover charge? Sign us up! Head to Brown Sugar for its regular Latin night complete with live band and room to shake it.
9PM, Brown Sugar, Xintiandi North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu 太仓路181号, 新天地北里, 近马当路
What better way to finish up a Sunday than a jam session? The House of Blues and Jazz has its doors wide open for this weekly gig. Bring an instrument and see what happens. Musicians also get special discounts (we assume on drinks). No cover charge.
9.30PM, House of Blues and Jazz, 60 Fuzhou Road, 福州路60号, 近外滩