The Holidays in Live Music

Posted by Pete DeMola on 11. Feb 2010


GOING HOME FOR NEW YEAR'S: me灌me, Dirty Seed and Maiko bid farewell to the Year of the Ox at the venue's last gig until they reopen on Feb 24.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

MAKE UP! LADIES NIGHT: Buy one, get one drinks for ladies all night. Includes disco (DJs Merci and Maxime) and cute boys, according to the promoters.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


MASK PARTY: A taste of Carnival comes to Beijing
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

The Redbucks:
The American bluegrass quintet's sound, according to their bio, brings to mind "the speed and force of a freight train combined with the sweetness of two lovers picnicking in a cherry orchard on a spring afternoon." Our sources have confirmed that they are, indeed, quite good and the perfect antidote to this still-freezing Beijing weather.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 40 RMB

Weng Weng: Acupuncture Records crew member issues some minimal tech with support from DJ Demone and Cedric.
Lantern, 9pm, free

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance crew tunes in and drops out at Xihai Lake's only nightlife hotspot.
Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

NEW YEAR'S PARTY WEEKEND: Ring in the Year of the Tiger with a bit of inter-species erotica. Click below for details.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


CYBERNETIC LOVE: Nu disco, electro and Italo courtesy of DJs Tiger Ninestien and Peter Falk as Columbo.
The Door, 10pm, free

BOLLYWOOD DANCE PERFORMANCE: The city's premier Indian restaurant enters the nightlife scene with this series of performances; click below for details.
Ganges Indian Restaurant, 6pm, free

Acupuncture crew throws down, slinging tasty dumplings at 3am.
Lantern, 9pm, free

All are invited to drink defanged absinthe and sample new cocktails by locally-renowned mixologist Echo while ringing in the Year of the Tiger at the Xihai Lake venue. Beats provided by DJ David, Ed and buddies. In Gulou? No problem. A shuttle bus will leave from the southwest corner of Gulou at 12:45am and 1:15 to whisk you to the club.
Obiwan, 9pm, free


Radioactive: Local band's name is suitable for the date of performance, considering it's New Years Day; last show until the club reopens on Feb 26.
13 Club, 9pm, 50 RMB

TOMMY GUN'S 1st ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE: Nothing says Chicago like a burrito eating contest. Click below for more info.
The Boat, 8pm, free

VALENTINE'S GROOVE: Two-for-one drinks all night at the Acupuncture Records homestead.
Lantern, 9pm, free

RABBIT VALENTINES: DJ Flo gives lovers a big, sloppy electro kiss.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


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


FLASHDANCE '80s PARTY: A night for geezers to relive their neon-hued memories while the rest of us wonder what all of the fuss was about. Free cocktails for ladies until midnight.
Lantern, 9pm, free

Lager: Guitars, gypsy-style.
Salud, 8pm, free

YELLOW: Electro, downbeat and trace elements of minimal tech and funk from Ben Huang and friends.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


PO WU PARTY: Pay homage to the God of Weath with the Acupuncture roster; buy one, get one specials til 11pm.
Lantern, 9pm, free

MAKE UP! LADIES NIGHT: Buy one, get one drinks for ladies all night. Includes disco (DJs Merci and Maxime) and cute boys, according to the promoters.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

DJ Ouyang, Eddie Lv, Shen Yue and Cedric ignite auditory fireworks to alleviate your Spring Festival boredom.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, free


Dub Gabriel: American producer ties electronic elements to dub and world music: support comes from Skywalker, Kimurahh and BBC radio host Steve Barker. Click below for more info.
The Boat, 10pm, 50 RMB

RIDDIM: DJ Mickey Dee and buddies bring you "electronic music like it should be," with live vocals, percussion and beats times three. Genres: UK funky and funkstep.
Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

DJ Demone, Cedric and others are on deck at the third installment of the venue's Retrodance party.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


OBIWAN LIVE: Cape Verde outfit Lovesoul combines elements of hip hop, soul and Latin. Party continues after the performance with resident DJs Kite and Ed spinning Latin and Latin funk.
Obiwan, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

Your usually-thorough music correspondent is laid up with a serious case of swine flu (am I kidding?) and won't edit this list as usual to reflect changes and additions. Did we miss something? Post your event in the comments section below. Cough. Hack. Sneeze.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user SRivera through Creative Commons.

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