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!) or the all-inclusive calendar. We know its slim pickings on the Pencil This In, but no worries, the music scene makes up for it. After all, Air Supply is here.
Mural Bar welcomes Danish blues-rock group the Rasmus Hoff Band to Shanghai. They’re bringing their sound to China for the first time. Expect a night of soulful blues and energetic, genuine rock music. This 6 piece veteran group has built their own unique sound through countless live performances together, and with it a growing fan base in Copenhagen. No cover. And ladies, its our usual night down there so free cocktails for us from 8-12!
And if you miss them tonight, they’ll be performing at The Melting Pot on Friday and again at Mural Bar on Saturday. They’ll be at the Bee Dees next Tuesday and Friday as well. That’s a long stay (check out their schedule) in Shanghai, but hey, who’s complaining?
8pm, Mural, B/F, 697 Yongjia Lu, near Hengshan Lu, 永嘉路697号B楼， 近衡山路
Luke Chow’s debut tour, Flash Forward tour, takes him to Shanghai. A well known indie singer in Hong Kong, Luke’s ready to hit the road. His long-anticipated “Inspired by People” album finally came out to positive reviews (like this one that says Luke “possesses a blend of John Mayer’s sensuality and Jason Mraz’s exuberance”). A previous member of the loud rock band Hungry Ghosts, he’s now prepared to get back to his roots of infectious acoustic songwriting.
10pm, Yuyintang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号 (入口在凯旋路)
Get nostalgic! Air Supply will be performing right in Shanghai. An Australian soft rock duo, Air Supply consists of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell Hitchcock as lead vocalist. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. Their new 2010 album “Mumbo Jumbo” (the meaning of this is on their website) is a breath of fresh air. Check out great reviews here and here.
7:30pm, International Gymnastics Center, 777 Wuyi Lu, near Zhongshan Xi Lu, 武夷路777号, 近中山西路
China’s most popular synth rock band, Queen Sea Big Shark, makes their way back to Shanghai for the release of their self produced latest album – The Future Wave. In the past five years Queen Sea Big Shark developed into one of the most popular “underground” bands in China. This time, they’re stepping away from the punk label that defined their sound to charge in a new direction. Cityweekend’s review writes that they “blend the band’s new-found electronica with the simple, spastic groove that inspire moshes and pogos galore.” 80RMB cover.
9:30pm, Mao Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Lu Near Hong Qiao Lu 淮海西路570号32幢
This Taiwanese four person band, The White Eyes, is loud, violent, erotic and most importantly coming to Shanghai. You think you know what stage presence is? Wait till you see these animalistic rock stars perform their set. Take a listen at their website. 50RMB cover
9pm, Yuyintang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号 (入口在凯旋路)
The Crowdpleasers are playing all your favorite hits to keep the party going all night long. Straight from Denmark and the European festival scene, they bring with them the classic rock live music spirit. 50RMB cover that includes one standard drink along with it.
10pm, Mural, B/F, 697 Yongjia Lu, near Hengshan Lu, 永嘉路697号B楼， 近衡山路
Defected Records act, The Shapeshifters will perform at Drop for the Dom Perignon party. Free for Drop members, 100rmb after midnight, including a drink. Their critically acclaimed ‘The Shapeshifters – ‘In the House’’ DJ mix compilation was a huge success in an impressive portfolio. These European DJs could be spinning some of their hit singles like “Lola” and “Back to Basics”.
8pm, Drop, 55 Yuan Ming Yuan Lu, near Beijing Lu, 圆明园路55号, 近北京路