I’ve spent quite a bit of time hanging out with the Ningxia boys over a 2 Kolegas the last few years. They’re an amicable bunch, very talented and multifaceted at the same time. Li Xia, lead singer of Nucleus, has been talking up his folk outfit for a while but i just never had the chance to see them live.. until last Friday that is! It was a bit of a risque move with Lao Da playing at 2 Kolegas but we figured the guys would wanna see the show as much as we did and work it out so that their performance finished on time to cross Chaoyang District.
When i got to Jianghu around 9, there were barely 10 people there including the musicians. The crowd slowly trickled in the venue as we waiting for the festivities to get started. I didn’t know there was an opening band who was running late.. The lead singer for said band, whose name i didn’t get, showed up finally around 10. I was a bit antsy at that point so I didn’t give them proper attention at all. ( Turns out their name is Starry ( CaoQin )
Li Dong finally took the stage about 10:30 and proceeded to play an inspired set of folksy blues songs with a lot of ethnic flavor. Li Xia’s voice is surprisingly soft and gentle on some of those compositions… Having only heard/seen him scream his lungs out with Nucleus and during various Jam sessions, that caught me by surprise. Another nice touch was Wu Kejia on an acoustic guitar! He’s just as good on that as he is on the electric variant.
Unfortunately Li Dong no longer includes Liu Miao and Marie-Claude due to their respective engagements and other projects but they still sound pretty darn good. I would have liked to hear them with an accordion. A favorite song of theirs has to be Ma Shang (马上（月亮）) with has beautiful melodies and vocals.