By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. After Shanghai survived the triple invasion of Elton John, J Lo and Blue last week, the focus is back on the smaller stages with their minnows and gems. With BooshKaBash, we see a small music festival in two parts at the Melting Pot and YYT. Besides that, Joker play country and blues tonight, and on the other days of the week, fingerstyle master Thomas Leeb, emocore rockers Forget and Forgive and the noisemakers of Yaksa make sure you’re well entertained. Piano virtuoso Maxime Zecchini makes sure the fans of classical music are happy, and Lucy Rose rounds up the week with her husky, gentle voice. Peace out. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Joker (胶壳乐队胶壳乐队) @ Yuyintang
Calling yourself Joker and having a
cock rooster head for a logo could hint at a bunch of goofy punks, but that’s not what Joker’s music is about. They play straight country, blues and folk rock with a lot of fingerpicking. Could easily fit into a Western score. Listen to their songs here.
30RMB incl. one drink // 9-11:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Thomas Leeb @ Yuyintang
“The bastard child of acoustic guitar”, Austrian fingerstyle guitarist Thomas Leeb tours Asia again and gives Shanghai a showcase of his talent. If you wanna know what show Mr. Leeb is able to pull off on only one acoustic guitar all by himself, check out the video for “Desert Pirate” on his website (VPN required). Thumbs up!
100RMB // 8-10pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Forget and Forgive @ Yuyintang
Forget and Forgive have their new EP Parasite up in the sleeve. The band’s logo kinda reminds me of the early Bullet for My Valentine sign with all the flowers and roses, and although some of their works indeed sound like they drew inspiration from Western emo/metalcore bands, their sound is surprisingly diverse and the band also doesn’t shy from electronic ingredients à la Linkin Park. Lead singer Dean knows how to let his voice float over the guitar melodies, and Janjee contributes powerful screams and growls. The band is fairly young but they know their stuff – my tip for this week. Watch some live footage here. Support bands: Candy Shop and Return to Sender.
40RMB pre-sale, 50RMB door // 8:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Yaksa @ MAO Livehouse
Yaksa celebrated their big 15th anniversary last year with a big tribute concert last year, and now they’re back in Shanghai to prove that they haven’t grown tired of rocking stages. They’ve survived quite a lot of lineup changes, but here they stand again: Metalcore made in the cold capital. Professional, rough and tough.
100RMB pre-sale and students, 120RMB door // 8:30pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
BooshKaBash Music Festival Pt. 1 @ Melting Pot
It’s time for BooshKaBash, a two-days music event featuring a potpourri of 7 bands in total. The Melting Pot makes the start with Jose Herrera Salsa Explosion, Studio 188, Noukilla and Lions of Puxi. For you that means, rhythm, rock and groove in all colors for just 50 kuai till late. Fun times!
50RMB // 9pm // The Melting Pot // Tianzifang, 288 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu (田子坊泰康路288号， 近思南路)
BooshKaBash Music Festival Pt. 2 @ Yuyintang
Round 2 of the BooshKaBash Music Festival, Saturday night at YYT, with Shanghai’s Banana Monkey, Spill Your Guts and Fever Machine. Oh yeah, sounds like this is gonna be the rougher rock night with hardcore and punk.
50RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Piano Recital by Maxime Zecchini @ SOAC
French virtuosic pianist Maxime Zecchini plays at the performance hall of SOAC on Sunday night:
Mozart：Fantaisie en ré mineur
Wagner/Liszt：La Mort d’Isolde
Chopin：Nocturne op 9 n°1
Meyerbeer/Liszt：Réminiscences de Robert le Diable
Michel Legrand：Transcription of Yentl
Fauré：Clair de Lune
Après un rêve
Ravel：Transcription of the Concerto for the left hand
50-300RMB // 7:45pm // Shanghai Oriental Art Center // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
Lucy Rose @ Yuyintang
If you like Kate Bush and Fiest, mark the gig of the young Miss from Warwickshire, England. After supporting British rock band Bombay Bicycle Club on two LPs, Lucy Rose got herself a record deal and released her debut album only this year. Lucy Rose’s voice also resembles a bit the soft, husky voice of former K’s Choice frontwoman Sarah Bettens. But listen for yourself here.
70RMB (50RMB for students) // 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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