Thanksgiving Live Music Quickslants: Jianghu turns 5, F-Rock at tango and more

It depends how you look at this one folks.. cup half full of cup half empty! Either way, there is no denying that some interesting shows are taking place on Turkey weekend so get out there dancing to drop off those extra kilos if you end up indulging.

Friday Nov 25:

Black Friday @ Mako:
Juratt, The Randy Abel Stable and Not There will be traveling down to Shuangjing for an interesting mix of bluegrass, funk and psychedelic uighur rock. Where else but Beijing can you find such an eclectic mix of bands on the same bill? It’s called “The Black Friday Show” and you can get 40% off by dressing all in black. This is also one of the last shows for Juratt before he is set to release his upcoming CD in December.

Big Folk @ Tango:
Don’t know is it deserves the folk label so I’ll call it F-ROCK. Some interesting names are showing up on this bill with Tang Dynasty, Ma Tiao, Shan Ren, Chuan Zi and more…. Weren’t Tang Dynasty the forefathers of heavy metal in China? just saying….
Either way, great heavy lineup and an opportunity to check out a lot of bands in one go.

Saturday Nov 26th:

Jianghu 5th year Anniversary:
One of my favorite hutong places celebrates their anniversary in style with old friends: Buyi, Slap, Lao Liu & Sand as well as Chaoren. I’m sure there will be musicians galore that night with Jam sessions that will go on til the wee morning hours. Stop by and soak in the hutong rock while it’s still nice and comfortable.

Longboard Night @ 2kolegas:
The K, Da Bang, Twinkle Star and The Reason head over to the drive to celebrate the spirit of skating. I wouldn’t give this show 2 bits of consideration usually but I didn’t get to see Da Bang last week for their album launch and I am a bit curious about the direction they’re going. It’s a band i used to like before they just fucked up royally and switched directions.

so folks, there you have it… as i said, it’s a mixed bag this weekend with some interesting options.

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