SARS may have everyone leaving town for the hills, but at least one group of people are taking a 5,000-watt JBL sound system with them. The folks at Chi-Funk have been putting parties in the great outdoors for some four years now and they continue the tradition with tomorrow night's Re-V-Evolution at Tashan, outside Taichung.
The verdant venue sits in the middle of a fruit orchard with a river and several streams for swimming -- if you can find the time for it. The organizers are filling the roster with a variety of things to see and hear from sunset to sunrise.
"This is the first time for us to have a capoeira performance. We're pretty excited about that," said Chi-Funk's RainboWarrior, who will take to the turntables at 4am. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that incorporates hand drums and looks more like a dance.
"We're also having the Smoking Cones' rap and hip-hop act come in at around midnight," he added.
In addition to RainboWarrior, other turntablists include DJ Tom, Alix D, DJ BhereNow and Saucey, one of Taipei's favorite funky house and break-beat DJs from Canada, who will go on some time near the witching hour.
The folks at Chi-Funk are also promising an appearance by Bar King Bob, who is currently organizing an Asian tour for Fat Boy Slim's group, Big Beat Boutique. He'll take a break from the tour in Japan to spin tribal sounds in the jungle.
Other attractions lined up for the evening are: Tribalizer, a group that includes drums, didgeridoo and a DJ, the Samadhi Dance Crew, who wowed crowds at the Kenting Spring Weekend last month; and VJ.S&P, who'll be projecting visuals on a massive screen set against a bamboo forest.
Organizers say there will be plenty of places to chill-out in the bamboo grove, as well as several other areas set aside for lounging. A free campsite will also be available for anyone who wants to stay the night.
Tickets for the event cost NT$500 and are available at the gate. Rides and guides to the venue will be available at SoundGarden in Taichung, or you can check out the Re-V-Evolution Web site at http://www.revevolution.com/rootz.htm for transportation information.