Quite a busy weekend shaping up for beijingers with options all over the spectrum. Looks like at least 2 good events per day so get your subway cards , patience and stamina ready cause you might need all of them.
Purple Smog @ VA:
Chances are this might be the last ever performance by Beijing’s one and only Jimmy Hendrix cover band. The guys are talented and it’s always a good time with friends coming out and singing along to good old classics. I just wish it didn’t take place at VA but I’ll take it like a cowboy and check it out. You know Ruby will definitely be there.
Li Dong @ Jianghu:
Think of this as the folky version of Nucleus. They’re actually really good with honest folk rhymes and rhythms. I heard some of their stuff recently over at 2 Kolegas late one night and was pleasantly surprised at Li Xia’s voice. I expect good times and drunk Ningxia Boys.
Lao Da (Zhao Yi Ran) @ 2 Kolegas:
Gao Feng told me about this one a month ago and promised that there will be a roasted goat on the premises.. just don’t quote me on that. Lao Da is a fixture at 2 Kolegas, one of those bluesy folk types whose voice carries the pain and emotion of generations. This record, live in 1988, has been a long time coming. You can bet that the rest of the Ningxia boys will be zooming over from Jianghu as soon as their gig is over.
Join an red dressed army of fake beards crawling though the city! Last year was a blast and hugely memorable, especially when the East and West side santas converged in Tiananmen. sign up at http://www.bjsantacon.com/ for details and information.
Omnipotent Youth Society @ Mao Live:
I saw these guys play a few months back and was hugely impressed by their talent. Good classic rock infused with awesome guitar, saxophone and more. These veterans of the music scene are a joy to watch live and they put on beautiful performances.
Tribute to 80′s Metal @ Mao:
Beijing’s sleaziest, cheesiest bands gather together and pay tribute to a decade of excess, hair spray, tight pants and good party music. The Rikki Sixx band, Jacky Danny, Los Crashers, Kick Ass and more will be playing there. I can’t wait to get a taste of Jacky Danny live to see if they live up to their demos.