Quickslants: Roots, Lidong, Musicians Summit, Jager Rock and Unknown Bands

Howdy my little children of the rock n roll. Are you ready for another musical onslaught?
Because we’re looking at a busy one here yonder and there are plenty of shows going around to keep everyone entertained. The next few weeks will be brutal in terms of musical options so this is a nice warmup. Let’s kick it:

Friday Nov 22

Roots @ Mako:
Master old time fiddler Michael Ismerio is in Beijing for a weekend after a tour through Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xian, Xinxiang and Dali and before he goes back to the States. On Friday he, the Randy Abel Stable, the Hutong Yellow Weasels and the Confectionaires will be mixing and matching at Mako Live House from 9 pm till late, ending with a giant square dance. Tickets are 50 yuan at the door.

Lidong @ Jianghu
The Ningxia folksters return to Beijing after a few months away touring the rest of the country. This is gonna be one of those chilled hutong evening with good tunes and good folks. The band is sharp and will see Zhang Qian filling in on drums for Liu Miao who’s overseas temporarily.

Santa Macairo Orkestar @ Temple
The French sixtet hit temple courtesy of Alliance Francaise who’s been bringing in quite a few artists lately. They play a fusion of gypsy roots hip hop going by the songs i’ve heard online. It’s quite exquisite and worth a look if you’re in the mood for something different. Between village dance and timeless folklore, SMO music smells good sweat and happy anarchy, a link between the fever tropics and the underground Carpathians Mountains! Every single gig, they deliver a unique thing which drive us deep in their own musical and visual universe.

Saturday Nov 23

Jagermesiter Rock Night @ School
Steely Heart, Candy Monster, Tookoo and the Power Powder are on hand for fun rocking times at School. This should be a nice sleeper hit show with bands that have been making the rounds for quite some time now.

The Faceless @ yugong yishan
The LA based progressive rockers are descending upon Beijing bringing in the heavy beats. They’re keeping up with the multitude of heavy bands that are hitting the capital lately courtesy of Guitar China.

Buyi @ Jianghu
well.. two nights of Ningxia in a row at Jianghu. Not Bad… If you read this blog, Buyi doesn’t need an introduction. If you don’t, then get your rear end over to Jianghu for one of the hardest working bands in the business.

Sunday Nov 23

Quark @ XP
Xi’an’s Quark visit Beijing tonight as part of XP’s ‘unknown artsts’ series of shows.It’s a good way to chill on a sunday.


Musicians and Dancers Summit at CD Blues all day saturday.

Bring your dancing shoes or grab your instrument for this 11 a.m. to late night gathering of Beijing’s musicians and dancers, featuring free performances until 8 pm. Members of the Randy Abel Stable, local Irish band Blackwater, chanson ensemble Mademoiselle et son Orchestre, Templo do Samba, gypsy jazzers Hot Club of Beijing, the hula-influenced Confectionaires, Big John’s Blues Band, old time string band the Hutong Yellow Weasels, and visiting fiddle master Michael Ismerio will teach novices what they need to know to sit in with the local jams, and offer advanced tips to seasoned musicians. Meanwhile, there will be dance tutorials for samba, jigs, line dance, square dance and swing – and even burlesque. Each workshop will be followed by a jam, with dancers and musicians encouraged to try out what they’ve learned. The evening will end with a show and a huge square dance. Come early for a lunch time pasta and 5 yuan beer special.
Performances are free until 8 pm. After that, tickets are 50 yuan in advance, 80 at the door. Workshops vary in price.