This Week in Live Music: May 6-11

Posted by Pete DeMola on 6. May 2010


Norwegian avant garde trio pair up with explosive local saxophonist Li Tieqiao for a night of experimental jazz.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

OPEN MIC: Exercise your vocal cords at the Andingmen venue's weekly open mic night, with 10 RMB Tsingdaos on hand to help lower those pesky inhibitions.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, free

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman: Bluesy rock and roll from a local quartet.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, price unspecified

UNDERGROUND DISCO PROJECT: Nightlife elders work with amateur producers in this weekly session of revolving talent. Expect a mash-up of highly-danceable genres and drink specials for the ladies.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Olivia Ruiz: French singer-songwriter took the Female Artist of the Year award at last year's Victoires de la Musique for her third effort, Miss Météores, an amalgamation of rock, punk, folk and something known as chanson -- polyphonic and secular lyric-driven anthems sung only in French. Beijing-based indie pop artist Ding Ke will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 120/80 RMB (pre-sale)


The End of the World: 世界终止, You Mei You and others are on deck.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 30 RMB

JAPANESE STUDENT NIGHT: Unspecified student bands from China's odd neighbor to the East will perform.
13 Club, 7pm, 40/20 RMB (students)

PUNK GIG: Gum Bleed, Soju Legion, Flyx and the new and improved Hell City (more metal, less punk) are on deck
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

El Johnson & the Taste of Soul Band: Regulars at Beijing's oldest sports bar can now get a side of blues alongside their televised rugby matches every Friday night with this quartet who are advertised as having performed alongside blues icons Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy.
Frank's Place, 9:30pm, free

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Beijing's only psytrance crew, Goa Productions, celebrates one year of opening both minds and bodies on the dance floor with this Alice in Wonderland-themed party. Dress code: Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat.
HLG Club, 9pm, free

VERMOUTH MAGIC NIGHT: Club promises half-price vermouth with a soundtrack provided by local big band Good Night.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30 RMB

Shan Ren: Enduring quartet combine traditional folk with rock and roll and witty lyrics.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm

Feel My Bicep: British production duo bring their synth-heavy, bouncy beats to Beijing; 8-Bit producer Sulumi will support.
Obiwan, 10pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen: Bluesy expat act headlines, with support from Window Shopping and 郭锐.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

UYGHUR FLOWER FESTIVAL: A night of tunes from the Uyghur school: tonight's performers include world music collective Panjir, Eliyar, 克尔曼 and Ekber Turdi.
Star Live, 8pm, 120/60/50/30 RMB (VIP/door/membership/pre-sale)

WHITE RABBIT NIGHT: Resident DJs Donald Summer and Zhi Qi pair up with emerging tech house artist Kaize to give him a break from his stint as one of Coco Banana's gogo dancers.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Ebony Bones: Outspoken British singer-songwriter (pictured above) emits a frenetic mash-up of electro pop and punk accessorized with a wide array of DIY instrumentation, from clanking beer bottles to cooking woks. Pet Conspiracy supports.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 120/80 RMB (pre-sale)


MADE IN NINGXIA: Wu & the Side Effects, Buyi and Nucleus are scheduled to perform at this long-running event series.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

CD RELEASE PARTY: Local outfit 容海 drop a new record. Details below.
13 Club, 9pm, 100/80 RMB (students)

DJ E-Man: American hip hop producer brings a taste of California to the capital city. Best known as the DJ of Power 106's radio show "Mickey Fixey Fix," he's also provided the beats for artists such as Mariah Carey, the Game and even Shaquille O' Neal
Bling, 9pm, 80 RMB (reservations recommended)

AMPED: The Sanlitun bibliophile haven throws its hat into the live music ring with this new weekly concert series designed to offer an "eclectic range of bands offering Oriental folk fusion, acoustic ballads, swing dance and all things jazz." On deck tonight: Da Wanggang, the new project from folk singer-songwriter Song Yuzhe.
The Bookworm, 8pm, free

Throw Me the Statue: Seattle quartet issue a bouncy brand of melodic synth-fueled rock that should appeal to both indie purists and casual listeners alike; support comes from Pacalolo, Old Fashioned and Mr. Graceless
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

DITAN PARK FOLK ROCK FESTIVAL 2010: The city's festival mood continues with two days of some of the country's finest folk and world music talent gathered in the heart of Beijing: today's performers include Hanggai, Li Dong, Zhang Si'an, Hoochie Coochie Gentlemen, Zhang Quan, Buyi, Wang Juan, Su Yu and the Redbucks. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Zhuoyue Guitars: #57 Gulou Dongdajie (8404-3067).
Ditan Park, 1pm, 100/80/60/50 RMB (pre-sale two-day/door/pre-sale one-day/pre-sale student)

BLUES NIGHT: Gao Feng, frontman for amazing local blues outfit G-ELEVEN, flies solo.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

Mr. Freeman: Standard blues from a collective of local talent, including members from New Perfume and Peking Man.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm

ONE STEP FORWARD: Reggae crew Meiwenti Soundsystem to be joined by up and coming live reggae act Musa.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

Zebra Run: Young upstarts demonstrate promise -- at least when it comes to the physical aspect of performing -- for the singer's ability to trip over a floor speaker and somersault from the stage without missing a beat. Providing they drop the cover songs and start writing their own material, they may be on to something. Fellow newbies Mr. Rodent, Crime-X and 55中 will also perform.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

WHITE RABBIT NIGHT: It's business as usual with a night of techno from house favorites Dio, Eddie Lv and Maxime (techno)
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

3D DISCO: UK production outfit Novak touch down in Beijing equipped with 3D glasses for a night of, well, three-dimensional disco. Expect a blending of hi-tech visuals and " a bewitching mix of future-retro influences, songs, pop artists and visual styles into an in-your-face experience."
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


OUTDOOR PARTY: Beloved bohemian venue's first outdoor party of the year comes with a Brazilian theme: expect dancing, cuisine, clothing and other cultural activities from the South American powerhouse, including drum circles spearheaded by local percussion ensemble SambAsia Beijing
2 Kolegas, 1pm, 50 RMB

SUNDAY SALON: Join Zhang Hongyan, an Associate Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, for a night of shredding on the pipa.
The Bookworm, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (pre-sale)

Grassland's Wind: Psychedelic-flavored experimental pop from a wandering Englishman known as "The Doozer."
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

DITAN PARK FOLK ROCK FESTIVAL 2010: Over a dozen acts are on deck, including Shan Ren, Mamer, No Name, Afrokoko Roots, Song Yuzhe and Ma Tiao.
Ditan Park, 1pm, 100/80/60/50 RMB

FLAMENCO NIGHT: Sketches of Spain from local flamenco act Burket, with 2-for-1 beers all night.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30 RMB

BEIJING FREE IMPROVISATION ALLIANCE: The colloborative workshop with a focus on improvisation and experimentation returns. Initiated and organized by renowned local saxophonist and composer Li Tieqiao. Tonight's session features pianist Kit Young alongside other guest musicians, poets and dancers.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale & students)


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: The Doozer, Soviet Pop and Lu Xinpei are set to perform at this weekly platform for experimental music.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

THE EAST IS PINK: Two-for-one cocktails until midnight with beats by resident DJ Jiong Jiong and special guests at the Sanlitun venue's weekly gay night. Five RMB tapas all night.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


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