I wrote on my last quickslants about how last saturday was a really tough call in terms of which show to check out: ZIYO headlining at 2Kolegas while Brain Failure was doing the honors at Yugong Yishan. I ended up at 2 Kolegas but hindsight 20/20, I would have gone to Yugong Yishan instead.
It had been a packed Saturday filled with wine tasting and Moroccan food but I figured that was ok since nothing ever started on time at 2 Kolegas anyways. We got there about 10:30 and caught the tail end of the Sambasia ( http://www.sambasiabeijing.com) show.
Let me tell ya folks, I wish I had made it there earlier! The packed venue was shaking from the beats and eating it all up. There was sweat, dance, smiles, passion and fun in the air! The 15+ ensemble was matched beat for beat, step for step and scream for scream by a raging jumping audience made up of locals and expats alike.
They played for close to 2 hours much to the delight of the audience who was begging for more still… Great start
Next up was The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, newest and one of the many incarnations of the talented Jean Sebastian Hery. This was a 3 piece band that was musically tight with JSB on vocals+guitar and ZIYO’s drummer helping out. I had heard of these guys musical ability before but it was my first time seeing them live and it was cool. I think they had a hard time following Sambasia with their brand of Jam Blues but they got many an approving applause from the audience.
While there is no denying this trio’s musical ability, I have to take a second listen at the English Lyrics written by JSB. I’m looking forward to catching them again and hearing more of his stuff
After that, it was Qingdao’s Dama llamas whom i had been warned against by a few people.
These kids, because that’s what they were, actually produced a decent little show for those who are into that kind of high school rock. I’m not saying this in a bad way, it just wasn’t my type of music but quite a few folks in the audience were eating it up. They had attitude, energy and enough antics to keep it entertaining.
Ok, they might never win “album of the year” on anything but they sure had good energy live and they had fun doing it by all accounts.
then it was time for Wu and The Side effects who never showed up…
and then it was time for ZIYO who also never showed up…
and not a word from the venue to explain or inform the audience that their headliners were missing..