This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: July 21-27

Posted by Pete DeMola on 21. Jul 2009


Birthday Cake: Blues and reggae crew performs, with 10 RMB mixers and 25 RMB mojitos on hand all night.
13 Club, 9pm, free

EXPERIMENTAL NIGHT: Cardiac Murmur and the Offset: Spectacles' Spectator V to take the stage with some special guests.
D-22, 9pm, 20/10 RMB (students)


DIRTY LAUNDRY: Party music courtesy of DJs D-Rock and Spins n' Needles; drink specials include 5 RMB Tsingdao drafts and 10 RMB gin and tonics/rum and cokes.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Fruit Salad, Blue Rice, Finger Family and Nanwu, a local sextet who flawlessly bridge the space between ultra-traditional Chinese folk and mainstream rock and roll via their emotionally-rattling, powerful live performances, will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet perform both tonight and tomorrow with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown in tow.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

GOOD YOUNG VOICES: 夏至计划, King Statue, 大买麦乐团, 薛仲华与乐队 and Old Fashion are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

Iontach Banana: Irish folk rock.
Salud, 8pm, free

2009 DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT JAM: Kick-off event for the New Media festival designed to delve into China's emerging creative industries. Click the link below for comprehensive scheduling infomation.
Star Live, 9pm

Lao Lang: In this kickoff charity concert organized by Huang Shaofeng (one-half of pop production duo Radio Mars) the old-school folk musician will perform at this fundraising benefit for the New Hope Foundation, an organization that helps out Beijing's suburban orphanages.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 100 RMB


Bisq: Haunting acoustic rock from the Japanese singer/songwriter.
13 Club, 9pm, 30 RMB

Cold Case: A night of street punk. One of Beijing's most prolific young bands, the headlining quartet have risen from the murky confines of this venue's weekly University Night to brighter pastures (we hope). Fellow punks Flyx and Dischord will support.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Panjir: Passionate musicians fuse Xinjiang and global sounds together with a interactive flair.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free (one drink minimum)

Girassol: Bossa Nova: Local assemble (Kamila Nasr, Jimmy Biala, Jorg Tennenbaum and Sebastian Meyer) set to perform the beloved Brazilian genre.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

DOUBAN SERIES PERFORMANCE: Lesser-known artists Li Mo, 什刹海, Camel, Leaping Soul and Blast Wave will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

OPENING PARTY: Launch party for Salud at Sanlitun (it's across from Tongli Studio), with DJs Chris Du, Pump Su and Terry Tu on deck, as well as drink discounts.
Salud at Sanlitun, 6pm, free

SILVERSCREEN PART VI: The sixth edition of this monthly event series designed to bring local groundbreaking artists, producers and visual artists to this 798 venue sees French producer ONRA dropping by to share his Vietnamese-influenced brand of worldly instrumental hip-hop (think if J Dilla channeled deities with a hát chầu văn troupe) with a laidback summertime vibe. The addition free entry, with buy one, get one free drinks from 6-9pm, makes this the most appealing live music event of the week. Read an interview with ONRA here.
UCCA's SuperGanbei, 6pm, free

C60: Post-punk from a multinational quartet, with lightweight, radio-friendly industrial Exit A as support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Wu & the Side Effects: Ningxia-flavored modern rock act Buyi and in-house neo-grunge band Nucleus to support the highly-energetic blues trio.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

ENCHANTING THE DARK NIGHT: Weekend warriors, here's your chance to bust out the black T-shirts and guyliner. For the first night of this two-night sonic blowout, local metalheads Offset Heads, the Falling, Last Chance of Youth, Nuclear Fusion-G, Four Five, 重创 and Tarot Saint are slated to perform.
13 Club, 9pm, 60/40 RMB (two/one-day pass)

80s NIGHT: Take a trip back in time with Side B, the Spinster, Vinyl Richie and FA spinning choice cuts from your favorite fluffy-haired musicians.
Alfa, 9pm, free

WORLD TEQUILA NIGHT: Self-proclaimed "Original Aztecan Warrior Dance Master" Pavel Sun to spin house and Mexican tribal rythyms while partygoers channel their inner modern day warrior by slamming 20 RMB Tequila shots all night long.
Chatting Club, 10pm, 50 RMB (includes one free shot; ladies free until 11pm)

MASQUERADE PARTY: Masks only at this night of intrigue from the recently-revamped den of iniquity. Click the link below for more info.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, 50 RMB

DIRTY PARTY: Tonight's installment of the monthly party features electro duo Zig Zag, iLoop, acclaimed DJ/producer LIman, 8-Bit producer Sulumi, Baifan and hip-hop all-star extraordinaire DJ Wordy.
Club Obiwan, 11:30pm, 30 RMB

Nuclear: Golden Driver, Careless and invigorating post-rock quartet Huoxing Jihua (火星计划) are on deck.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Buyi: Enduring circuit staples (they're now in their 14th year) blend traditional Ningxia tunes with modern rock.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

These Are Powers: Progressive American trio combine elements of noise, experimental, post-punk and No Wave with explosive live sets. Indie rock godfathers PK-14, Wuhan disco punks AV Okubo and Ourself Beside Me, the provocative trio whose live sets of compelling waves of feedback, drugged-out guitar riffs and hypnotic rhythms echo a near-religious experience, will support. See feature for detailed info.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 70/50 RMB (students)


REGGAE NIGHT: Local sextet Longshendao set to issue their feel good blend of global beats and reggae jams.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

ENCHANTING THE DARK NIGHT II: Sacrifice, Rampant, Toreador, S.I.F., black metal acts Evil Thorn and Specter of Doom and Dark Haze to set the night aflame with their pyres of incendiary metal.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

SWITCH: Indie dance, electro and quality techno from Taiwanese dynamo DJ @allen. More info by clicking below.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, price TBD

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psytrance from Gotama, DJ Michael and Pete. Drink specials include 6 vodka shots for 50 RMB until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

IMPROV NIGHT: Something fresh for this Wudaokou hotbed of sonic alchemy, with members from These Are Powers and additional local musicians scheduled to tinker away. Expat noise duo Hot & Cold will support, as will just about every experimental musician in this city, in one form or another.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Sand: Long-term blues-laced alternative rock act.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 50 RMB

Afrokoko Roots: This 15-piece fusion band brings their blend of Afrobeat originals and reggae classics from the late-1970s to this invigorating world music venue. The rainbow coalition (members hail from the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, the States and China) contains a four-piece horn section and a dance team as well.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

CARNIVAL PARTY: A night of Cuban festivities, replete with dancers, tunes and tropical drinks at this new Latin-themed venue at Chaoyang Park West. Brought to you by one of the brains behind Wudaokou student bump n' grind dive Propaganda, expect a similar formula of cheap drinks and formulaic beats. Dress code: Caribbean.
Juicy Spot, 9pm, 50 RMB (includes one free cocktail)

SUMMER OF LOVE: Release party for the recently-revamped synth punk act PB33's new remix EP "Green Hat." AOK, Perdel and Caffe-In will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

Section 6: Close out the month with Beijing's only live hip-hop party, featuring the best of Beijing's live hip-hop artists, including MCs Raph and Webber, DJs Wesley and Jia Ming, as well as NYC's DJ Lo Mang.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES VII: 立東乐队, 简约情人and the hyper-talented G-ELEVEN at this summer's premier weekly outdoor event series.
2 Kolegas, 4pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

GROOVE ON THE ROOF: Disco beats and chicken feet on the rooftop of this Xihai venue.
Club Obiwan, 5pm, free

FOLK NIGHT: Wind down the weekend with singer/songwriter Liu Dongming.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

NEW GENERATION: Psychedelic rock quartet Scoff, Rolling Rolling, 24 Hours, Go Phone and King Statue are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale and students)

DJ Saw to spin at Salud's new venue at Sanlitun. Discount drinks will be on hand.
Salud at Sanlitun, 4pm, free

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