Igmar Thomas Quintet featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole
Fronted by blazing trumpeter Igmar Thomas and brilliant vocalist Mavis Poole, this great New York band has extensive jazz chops, knowledge and feeling, and is mixing that with hip-hop grooves and other contemporary flavors, bringing the circle of influence back around again. They also have only a week and a half left in town, so go before it’s too late.
House of Blues & Jazz, 60 Fuzhou Lu near Sichuan Lu/the Bund
Muma and Third Party
There was some internet-controversy about Soma’s semi-takeover of Dream Factory, as well as the last show they put on there, the Indie Top Showcase. Unless you’ve already picked sides against Soma, why not go on down to see how they do? Also, the bands are cool. They’ve got a nice melodramatic pop song thing going on, with Third Party a little more new wavey, and Muma rockier. Check out their Douban page.
Zhijiang Dream Factory, Block B 4f at New Factories/Tongle Fang, 28 Yuyao Lu near Xikang Lu
Master fun-party-makers and clever-flier-experts Kamikaze and Elnomo ran out of ideas/had one of their best yet, presenting a blank flier which you put your design on (or just do your own from scratch) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win free booze, and a Madlib (the children’s/naughty adolescent’s fill in the blank fun book, not the DJ/Producer/MC) write-up of the party, as well as offering DIY booze (“We put the booze on the table, you make yourself what you want”) from 10 to 11. The party and the music will be just as clever as the promotion, with special guest DJ Wordy.
The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu
doors at 9:00, DIY booze at 10:00
30 RMB cover
Probably my favorite Chinese rocker who is big enough to play at Shanghai Gymnasium, Xi’an sensation Xu Wei has a strong voice, is a tasty guitar player, and might be the greatest poet since Li Bai for all I know.
Shanghai Grand Stage aka Shanghai Gymnasium, 1111 Caoxi Bei Lu near Lingling Lu I think. It’s pretty big. You should be able to spot it from the subway, or a cabbie will definitely know it if that’s your style.
Tickets from 180RMB to 1280 RMB
The Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae/R&B star gets to town at the right time to cash in on her work on Ready to Die with the street DVD release of Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious. She also achieved a bunch of fame with her 90’s hit “Shy Guy”, and we will keep any wondering about what her appearance here means in terms of her current fame to ourselves.
Brown Sugar, Xintiandi building 15, North block
200 RMB cover
The Shanghai stalwarts play their first YYT show in a while. They were big before YuYinTang started taking off, so you probably should get there early or sharpen your elbows on the way over. Visit their website if you don’t already know them.
YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu
30 RMB cover