By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. On the docket this week: The Surging Waves from Suzhou, an Italian charity singing contest at Mao, a Britpop Friday night and more. Don’t miss out Electro Alive from France with their free concert at YYT on Saturday night! Live drums and bass merged with beautiful electronic sounds of many genres. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
The Surging Waves @ Yuyintang
The Surging Waves is a Suzhou-based expat band. Their repertoire includes both covers and original music – Hotel California inspired, laid back rock music.
Free // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
CHARITY: Italian Singing Contest @ MAO Livehouse
This Thursday night, the “Festival della Canzone Italiana di Shanghai” will take place for the 5th time. Ten singers, both Italian and Chinese and all non-professional, will battle each other with Italian songs. The Italian live band “Nello and the Cats” will be responsible for the background music, and there will be a lucky draw with Italian brand goods as prices. The entrance ticket includes Italian food and drinks as well, and all the income will be donated to the Shanghai Charity Foundation (the charity institution of the Shanghai Municipality) for the Shaggan project to help mentally disabled people. If you wanna support this great event, you can get your tickets in many Italian restaurants and bars in town. For more information on ticket vendors, please send the organizers an email.
150RMB (tickets must be purchased in advance!) // 8:00pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Loving IN Live | 爱在现场 VOL.1 @ MAO Livehouse
The new Loving IN Live concert series (at least we assume it is intended to be one with the Vol. 1 numbering) brings two bands to your entertainment. Hamama sings Chinese guitar pop rock with some folk influences. Check her out here. The second band 夢人 (Yumenin, Japanese for dream men) play punk rock and J-Pop. How that fits together? Beats me, go find out.
30RMB pre-sale, 40RMB 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)
Britpop Night @ Yuyintang
YYT asks: “You must know these bands: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, Radiohead, The Clash, The Who, … You must love them.” Well the latter is up to you, but if you do, don’t miss out this event. Britpop and Britrock lovers, indie kids and anyone interested in good live music: Friday, December 7th sees Shanghai’s two British fronted bands, Girls Like Mystery and Blue Magpie come together for an authentic Britpop show at YYT. Banana Monkey, Orange and DJ Boss will add their skills to the party.
50RMB (30RMB 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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French duo Electric Alive land the first time in Shanghai for an all-free concert! They refer to themselves as a musical ‘cyborg’ that “consists of a bass-and-drums duo supplemented by loops and digital arrangements to bring the typical grainy and acidity aspects of electro music.” Their style floats freely between elements of D’n’B, disco, jungle, techno, trance, jazz, ethnic and funk. They got rhythm and groove and make for a unique experience. Check out songs on their website mark this gig – our pick for the week! Support band: POLYMORPH EXTRA.
Free // 8pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Tang. Trio & Prank @ Yuyintang
Sunday night double feature with domestic bands Tang. Trio and Prank. Both of them are trios to be precise, but the former plays blues, pop rock and funk, while the latter’s genre is grunge.
30RMB // 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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