Posted by Pete DeMola on 21. Dec 2008
Our team sifted through the hundreds of holiday gatherings scheduled to unfold this week. Below you’ll find the coolest of the bunch. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the week with more info as it comes in, so stay tuned!
WED, DEC 24
DJ Chris Samba: Soulful house beats lay down the soundtrack for gift giveaways and the sweet flow of Champagne with 1-for-1 Moet & Chandon all night long. (Hopefully Santa won’t come down the chimney to find you in your date’s cocktail dress the next morning.)
Block 8, 9pm, 50 RMB (includes one flute of Moet champagne)
Happy Boatie XMAS Party: DJs @llen, BB, QQ and Sam ring in 2009 with steady sets of disco funk on everyone’s favorite floating barge o’ fun.
The Boat, 9pm, 30 RMB (3 free drinks before the countdown)
Tech the Halls XMAS Party: Ring in the holiday with the Acupuncture crew
CAMP, 11pm, 60 RMB (6/F, above Coco Banana)
Snapline: Electro-clash trio Snapline headlines this adrenaline-fueled lineup of soaring rock and roll (Scoff), wiry post-punk (Guai Li), noise-flecked sludge (The Molds) and moody post-rockers Ourselve Beside Me.
D-22, 10pm, 60/40 RMB (students)
Winter Wonderland: Scantily-clad fatales sling up icy cocktails in Beijing’s most… lavish nightlife venue. Expect live music, as well.
Christmas Eve Revelry: Queen Sea Big Shark, Casino Demon, Steely Heart, Catcher in the Rye, Hedgehog.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 100/60/50 RMB (those donned in sailor and nurse’s outfits get in for 50 RMB)
BaiCai vs. The Syndicate XII: The Holiday Edition: Deck the halls with cabbage and jungle bells, so sayeth the Rabbit. Drum n’ bass, dubstep, house and techno await, courtesy of 10 DJs on two floors.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 60/30 RMB (with BaiCai family card)
THE VERSE: Funkytown Mini Concert: Beijing’s original funk band, with DJ Philix as support.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)
THURS, DEC 25
Christmas Party: Buyi, Nucleus, Wu & the Side Effects
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free
MAZE, Green Monkey, Sertraline, Caocao
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)
Christmas Dinner: It may be a Mexican joint, but Leaping Luga is set to sling traditional Christmas fare this week, including two turkey breasts (with cranberry and hollandaise sauces), roasted potatoes, salmon roll, melon-enclosed lamb roll and cheesecake. Large parties should call ahead one day in advance (6416-2575)
Luga’s Villa: Mexican Restaurant and Bar, 198 RMB
Spring Head Cable Card, Fairy Waves, Tookoo, Pssy, Broken Voice, Ji Twins: Slew of lesser-known acts (with the exception of punks Tookoo) set to put themselves on the map. Should be interesting.
MAO Live House, 60/40 RMB (pre-sale)
The Shape of Chinese Music to Come: Wu Na and Min Xiaofen: The meeting of two critically-acclaimed masters: Guqin virtuoso Wu Na and US-based pipa virtuoso Min Xiaofen. An unknown guest is set to provide electronics for solos, duet, and trio improvisations for this highly-recommended night of high-quality mastery.
OT Jazz Lounge, 10pm, free (2 drink minimum)
Christmas Party: Mo Yi, Perdel, He Jubian, Xin Xiangshui and San Weiyu set to provide some holiday cheer with sounds ranging from folk-metal (Mo Yi) to Brit Pop (Perdel).
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 50 RMB
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