By Bridget O’Donnell
Looking to get your fix on classic American Rock ‘N Roll music in Shanghai? Well now you finally can! Starting noon on Saturday, April 14th, Shanghai 24/7 will be throwing a 1950s-themed carnival called “Rock-A-Bop” at O’Malleys. It will be the first ever “rockabilly” themed party in Shanghai.
We spoke with Gavin Jones of Shanghai 24/7 to find out a little more about the event.
What exactly is ‘rockabilly’?
Rockabilly is one of the first few sub-genres of rock ‘n’ roll when it started in the 50’s. When you think of a a guy in a leather jacket, blue jeans, and with slick black hair singing fast songs about his pink Cadillac and his baby, you’re thinking of rockabilly. It’s hopped up country music with a swingin’ beat.
Which band(s) should people most be looking forward to?
We’ve got a great variety of acts throughout the day, from Asbury Edens folk rock to alt-country bluegrass from Tom and Jerry, but the RockTigers are literally the pioneers of the Rock-and-roll revival movement in Korea, and aren’t to be missed.
What other fun side events do you have planned for the rest of the day?
Aside from the 5 bands, we’ve got a big set of over 15 vintage vendors at the market, a 50’s themed menu, a movie to go with it, a charity auction, and a singing contest.
How did you come up with the idea for the carnival?
We wanted to have a big launch party for our Chinese website Naochao, and a rockabilly carnival seemed like a great way to do that. The websites are about music, arts, and style, so we brought them together to create an all-day carnival with live bands, vintage stalls and classic movies under a Rockabilly theme.
Tell me a little bit more about the live American music scene in Shanghai. Is there a big local following?
For rock’n’roll, country, and blues, there’s definitely some great acts that have a good following. ‘The Hellhounds‘ for example, and DJ B.O is always pushing the scene forward.
For full information on the event, check out Shanghai 24/7’s website.