By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. And it promises to be a jazztastic week! Or almost two, to be precise: The 2012 JZ Festival takes over the whole weekend with the open air part at the Expo site. And that’s not all, there are pre-festival gigs at JZ Lounge, after parties at JZ Club, Wooden Box and On Stage, and the Master Hall Series continues over the whole next week with selected performances of acclaimed musicians. For all of you out there who don’t fancy jazz, we have rock in three degrees available: Soft with Cold Fairyland and Fingertips, medium with Brain Failure and Sick Times, and ultrahard with Black Invocation. And then we don’t wanna forget to mention the Mongolian Culture Festival and the amazing Junglemico Project. Read on for the details! And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
JZ Festival 2012 Special
FESTIVAL: Oct 20-21 (Sat & Sun)
Shanghai’s longest-running music festival is an absolute highlight for the lovers of jazz music. The two festival days are crammed with a strong lineup that keeps you busy till late. For the full schedule with the playtimes, please check out the JZ Festival website. There is also a free shuttle bus service. And even after the festival closes for the day, you don’t have to call it a night but are invited to move on to the after partys at Wooden Box, JZ Club and On Stage, on both Saturday and Sunday!
200RMB pre-sale (one day), 220 RMB door // 1pm-10pm (Festival), 10pm-2am (After Party) // Expo Avenue/Shibo Dadao, near Changqing Bei Lu (世博大道世博公园, 长清北路)
Master Hall Series @ Shanghai Center Theatre
After the festival weekend, the JZ Festival continues with the Master Hall Series from 23 October 23 till October 27. This year: Grammy-award winning fusion-jazz group Yellowjackets, Grammy-award winner Terri Lyne Carrington, the “bass gentlemen” around the Ron Carter Quartet, and the Chris Potter Quartet. Click here for the playtimes.
Daily 8pm from Oct 23 (Tuesday) until Oct 27 (Sat) // Shanghai Center Theatre // 1/F, Shanghai Center, No. 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu (南京西路1376号 上海商城1楼, 近西康路 )
Cold Fairyland Trio (冷酷仙境)@ Yuyintang
Progressive musicians Cold Fairyland take over the stage of Yuyintang for a light session. The Shanghai-based band that merges Asian influences with the sound of Western symphonic rock and classical instruments will only play with a three member lineup tonight.
40RMB // 9-11:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Fingertips @ Yuyintang
Fingertips is emotional soft rock made in Portugal. The band’s been active since the early 2000s’ and has developed a steady fan base despite a lineup change two years ago. The band is on tour with the new 2012 album “2”, which name marks the second LP release with new lead singer Joana Gomes.
80RMB pre-sale, 100RMB door // 9-11:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Roy Hargrove Quintet @ JZ Lounge
The Roy Hargrove Quintet is no unknown guest to the JZ Festival, and before the outdoor festivities start, you can set yourself in the mood with this performance at the JZ Lounge in the Renaissance Yu Garden Hotel. Contemporary classic jazz with Grammy-winner Roy Hargrove.
200RMB pre-sale, 300RMB door // JZ Lounge // 22-23/F, Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel, 159 South Henan Lu, near Fuyou Lu (河南南路159号22-23楼, 近福佑路)
Sick Times @ Yuyintang
3 dudes from Germany playing 80’s punk rock are unleashed on a big China tour! Sick times sounds like beer, rough partying and puke – but it might come wrapped up in a poetic message. Support act: Friend or Foe.
40RMB // 10pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Mongol Arts & Culture Festival @ Yuyintang
Yuyintang hosts the first Mongolian culture festival with support from the Mongolian embassy. Discover Mongolian folk and rock music acts, an art exhibition with photos, film, paintings and craft, and enjoy authentic Mongolian food on top!
80RMB // 7pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Brain Failure @ MAO Livehouse
Let the four harcore/punk rockers from Beijing speak for themselves when they introduce their new album at MAO this Saturday. Friend or Foe pulls a double shift this weekend and supports again.
80RMB presale, 100RMB door // 9:30pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Black Invocation @ Live Bar
If all the jazz and rock of the softer variety isn’t really your thing, you still have a chance to get a good serving of bang for the buck with Black Invocation. The guys sound a bit like they’re offsprings from Finntroll, but those beelzebubs are actually from Henan and yeah, they also growl in Chinese. Support band: ABG
60RMB (50RMB for students) // 9pm // Live Bar // 800 Guoshun Dong Lu, near Shuangyang Lu (国顺东路800号 近双阳路 )
Junglemico Project @ On Stage
Junglemico Project is live electronic performance at it’s best. DnB, broken beat, techno, dubstep, live guitars and drums clash together and form something energetic, exciting, and yet surprisingly approachable. Don’t miss this one!
100RMB // 8pm // On Stage // A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu (淮海西路570弄A2, 近虹桥)
Brian Girley Movement @ Yuyintang
The Brian Girley Movement is a tour concept of the namesake and talented saxophonist from Orlando, who just released his debut record “Faith” last year. Brian’s Girley’s passion for music grew early through the influence of his parents who would sing in church and at weddings, and today, he shares the stage with numerous jazz legends.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
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