Ronnie Williams and KOS, featuring Toby Mak
Having officially begun as the new house band at the Hengshan Lu Melting Pot on Monday, Shanghai stalwart Ronnie Williams and American imports Keepers of Swing welcome creative and thoughtful trumpet player Toby Mak to the stage. Reports on Monday were positive and they’re doing a half-price thing on the Thai food for this week too, so it’s a good time to check them out. Hopefully they win in the battle between their professionalism and the venue’s amateurism and we will have another good jazz/blues/R&B club on our hands.
The Melting Pot, 10 Hengshan Lu next to the giant bowling pin between Yongjia Lu and Wulumuqi Lu
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Concert #215
A thrilling name for a show, I know, but I’ve been meaning to get over to Hunan Lu to check out what Shanghai’s more respectable orchestra has going on in terms of chamber music, and this week I’m going dammit, and you should too. Friday’s concert is split between piano sonatas and selected opera arias (with a few Chinese songs thrown in for good measure). In the first half Dai Gao will perform Beethoven’s Sonata 17, no. 2 and Chopin’s Sonata 2, aka “Moonlight” and “Funeral March”, so we’re not exactly plumbing the depths of obscurity here. Following the intermission are arias from Mozart, Rossini, Handel, and Donizetti and songs from Huang Yongjia, Zheng Qiufeng, and Shi Guangnan, sung by Zhang Yu, Zhu Fu, Sun Cheng, and Gong Ting, with accompaniment from Wu Zhangda, Weng Jie, Zhao Pei, and Zhu He.
SSO Hall, 105 Hunan Lu near Huaihai Lu and the Library
20 RMB tickets
Once you’ve got the highbrow thing out of your system go check out this human pop-confection at Bonbon and embrace your lowbrowness. Maybe her whole thing is secretly highbrow and arty, but I doubt it. She of CSS will be spinning records and very likely drawing attention to herself. Will she really not sing? Anyway, the whole thing is just barely over the too sweet line for me, but in a live setting perhaps it would come off differently? It will certainly be an involving night of indie celebrity watching.
Bonbon, 1329 Huaihai Zhong Lu near Baoqing Lu aka Hengshan Lu
100 RMB cover/open bar for the lay-dees, 150 for the fellas before 2, 100 after
Scope the preview to get an idea of whether this band is too punk, not punk enough, or just right.
LOgO, 13 Xingfu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu
10 with Ben Houge
Last week Ben Houge was part of a big electronic out-fest at YuYinTang. This week he provides the in when he presents “The Love Songs of Ben Houge,” a “quasi-acoustic revue of tunes surveying the past fifteen years of his pop catalog.” Headlining duo 10 will provide the out with spectacle and laptop.
YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu
30 RMB cover