In celebration of St. Patty’s Day, Limbo has arranged a free performance featuring Shanghai’s most in-demand cover band, the group that shakes stages, pumps fists, and stirs hips in every building they play, Studio 188.
The perfect word to describe this high-energy, totally danceable and fun-loving band is “soulicious.” Their matching wardrobe, with a keen eye to the sharp style of disco bands like KC & The Sunshine Band and Kool & the Gang, has led to them being pegged as Shanghai’s best-dressed band. Their breezy personas matched with tight, disciplined arrangements helps them bring parties alive the moment they ring a note.
Founded in 2005 by American tinted-sunglasses-loving lead vocalist Michael “El Ray” Luevano from and Australian drummer/vocalist Michael “Mal” Collins, the band’s infectious sound and versatility keep the group highly in demand around China. Whether headlining their annual Booshka Bash Festival or serving up hits at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, nary a family-friendly big party goes by without the band throwing down.
The band’s eleven-pieces rule the dance floors, playing classic rock ‘n’ soul music from the 60’s to today. Audiences rave that the music that they all know and love makes it hard to leave the dance floor. From The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” to the Blues Brothers-ready version of “Shake A Tail Feather,” the band has the party sound down pat.
Recently celebrating their 550th show and 10-year anniversary, Studio 188 enjoys the influence of an array of nationalities and cultures through its musicians, showcasing the diversity that makes Shanghai great.
The “Brass Monkeys” horn section powers the band’s big sound. Fronted by tenor sax player Manuel Tapia Berrio (Colombia), with Kyle Gemberling (USA) on lead trumpet, Bobby Zhang on trumpet and Matthew Chan on baritone sax (both from China), the Brass Monkeys keep the show hopping with their onstage playing and slick dance moves.
Along with the previously-mentioned El Ray and Mal, the band’s line-up also includes Jason Yan Peng on keyboards and Shun Zi on the bass guitar, both from Dalian, China. Macleen Rangasamy from African island nation Mauritius has played lead guitar for thirty years, and country-mate Gilbert Kuppusami brings it with soulful vocals and percussion. And don’t forget the sultry tones of the beautiful Hazel Gould from the UK! Kiwi Neal Watkins, seven-year veteran of the group, and Julio Morales of Puerto Rico will be blending and mixing the sound.
Get your green on and throw a couple beers back in honor of your Irish 2nd cousin, distant neighbor or ex-officemate, Limbo is hosting Studio 188 tonight, and that’s all the reason you need to party.
Free // 21:30
1394 Yanan West Road. near Dingxi Road // 延安西路1394号近定西路
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