Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride will play with his trio tonight at the National Concert Hall as part of the venue’s summer jazz festival. McBride has collaborated with numerous jazz virtuosos, prestigious bands as well as pop and classical artists and will showcase his imaginative and passionate jazz style.
■ 21-1 Zhongshan S Road, Taipei City (台北市中山南路21-1號)
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500
Photo courtesy of Tzyy Haw Lim
■ Tonight at 7:30pm
Tickets for tonight and tomorrow night’s performances of indie sensation Suming (舒米恩) at Legacy Taipei, which hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts, are sold out. Electronic pop group The Forest Party (森林樂園) plays on Thursday with siblings The Creepy 5 (告五人) and chiptune duo Physical Chemical Brother (理化兄弟).
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號).
Photo courtesy of Skip Skip Ben Ben
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$200, Tickets available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Post-rock band Customood and indie rock group Posh Inverse (優雅逆轉) will perform tonight at The Wall (這牆), a prominent venue for indie rock artists. Tomorrow the venue welcomes four-piece UK rock band Yuck. Japan’s shoegaze outfit Broken Little Sister will join forces on Sunday with local garage/shoegaze act Skip Skip Ben Ben and I Mean US. Tomorrow at Korner, a venue located inside The Wall, Ben UFO will lead the evening of techno and house, with Yosh Nori, Toska, Al Burro, Katrina and others on the bill.
Photo courtesy of Playmess
■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: thewall.tw
■ Shows at The Wall start tonight and tomorrow at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm; Korner shows start at 11:50pm
■ Tickets for The Wall cost NT$350 tonight, NT$1,500 tomorrow and NT$700 on Sunday; Korner tickets cost NT$650 , available online through thewall.tw
Photo courtesy of Easy Shen
Solo rocker Hung Sheng-hao (洪申豪) takes the stage on Sunday at Legacy Mini, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei.
■ Legacy Mini at Amba Taipei Ximending (台北西門町意舍), 5F, 77, Wuchang St Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段77號5樓)
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$500, available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Taichung rockers Bike and Silverbus (銀巴士) play tonight at APA Mini (小地方展演空間).
■ B1,147, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市杭州南路一段147號B1), tel: (02) 2327-8658. On the Net: www.facebook.com/apamini
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$450, available through www.indievox.com
Indie rock club Revolver hosts two concerts this evening. The first features punk and rock with Noise Book and BadSound Things (悲傷小事). Later in the evening it’s deep house and techno with DJ: Youlaike. Emo, post-hardcore and punk are on the menu tomorrow with Japan’s Play Dead Season and quizkid, along with Us:We, Eyeball and special guest Ghost Money All-stars. Japan’s Fifth-Newheavy and Nebula-overdrive will share the venue with Plan-D and Talking Without Sense (低水平) on Sunday for an evening of pop rock, J-rock and hard rock.
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678. On the Net: www.facebook.com/revolver.taipei
■ Show starts tonight at 9pm and midnite, tomorrow at 8pm and Sunday at 8:30pm
■ Admission is NT$300 tonight and NT$150 for the midnight show; NT$400 tomorrow and NT$400 on Sunday
Modular-synthesizer artist Troy Lin (林昀駿) will take the stage tomorrow at Pipe Live Music, a major venue for indie music and parties, along with avant-garde techno act Walrussound (海象之聲) and electronic musician Waves of Dopple (都普勒浪潮). War Convict (戰犯音樂) plays on Wednesday.
■ 1 Siyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市思源路1號), tel: (02) 2364-8198. On the Net: www.pipemusic.com.tw
■ Show starts at tonight at 7pm and Wednesday at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$600 on Wednesday, available at www.indievox.com, pipemusic.kktix.cc and at FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
Indie pop musician Wang Hui-chu (王彙筑) teams up with Wang You-sheng (王宥盛) tonight at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. Tomorrow it is two-piece Japanese acoustic act Gamaharu. On Thursday it is singing combo Brothers and Tin (知己三重唱).
■ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號), tel: (02) 2362-5494. On the Net: www.witchhouse.org
■ Shows start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games is open 11am to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$350
Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) tonight hosts a reunion of musicians who played at the legendary Idea House in Taipei during the 1970s and 1980s. Participating alumni include Bing (王治平), Wang Po (王勃) and Chen Rong-kwei (陳榮貴). Tomorrow it is crooners Fong and Yusaka. On Sunday, Gravity (重力樂團) will rock your world, followed on Wednesday with old time rock ‘n’ rollers Playmess (玩亂), who will share the venue with The Stressful Sound.
■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓), tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Show starts tonight at 8:30pm, 9pm tomorrow, Sunday and Wednesday
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight, NT$400 tomorrow, NT$350 Sunday and Wednesday, available online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
You’re jammin’ tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows, with The Reggae Riddims, who will give their lively interpretation of classic reggae and ska. Matt Fullen will play jazz standards, swing music and modern jazz on Wednesday.
■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段 102 巷1號 B1), tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net: www.sappholive.com
■ Shows start at 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and NT$200 on Wednesday
Singer-songwriter Easy Shen (沈簡單) will play tonight at There Cafe & Live House (那兒咖啡), a venue for indie music in Taoyuan. He will be joined by jazz guitarist and composer Chen Ying-da (陳穎達).
■ B1, 454, Fuxing Rd, Taoyuan City (桃園市復興路454號B1), tel: (03) 339-8819. On the Net: www.therelivecafe.com
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$400, available online through tickets.books.com.tw and www.indievox.com
4 Jazz men play on Wednesday at TADA Ark (TADA方舟), a music venue located inside Taichung Cultural & Creative Industries Park (台中文化創意產業園區).
■ 362, Fusing Rd Sec 3, Taichung City (台中市復興路三段362號), tel: (04) 2229-0989. On the Net: www.tadaark.com.tw
■ Show starts at 7pm
■ Admission is NT$400
Hip-hop artist Lee Yinghung (李英宏), aka DJ Didilong, will perform tomorrow at TCRC (前科累累俱樂部), a small venue for independent musicians and local artists in Tainan.
■ B1, 314, Simen Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市西門路二段314號B1), tel: (06) 222 3238.
■ Show starts 8:30pm
■ Admission is NT$300, available at www.indievox.com
Tonstartssbandht, composed of US expats and guitar/drum duo Andy White and Edwin White, play their version of boogie, ‘60s psychedelic-rock and choral pop tomorrow at The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung. They will be joined by Gong, Gong, Gong (工工工), a band that “deconstructs blues, rock ‘n’ roll and folk storytelling,” and experimental synth duo Lu & Du.
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617. On the Net: mercurybar.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 7pm
■ Entrance is NT$400, available at www.indievox.com
Rock veterans The Chairman (董事長樂團) play tomorrow at Sound Live House (迴響音樂藝文展演空間), an independent venue for music performances and art exhibitions in Taichung. On Wednesday, College Kingdom (學院王國) and Thailand’s Houdini will play rock ‘n’ roll.
■ B1-1, 429, Henan Rd Sec 2, Greater Taichung (台中市河南路二段429號B1-1), tel: (04) 2451-1989. On the Net: soundlivehouse.msmusic.com.tw
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$500 tomorrow and NT$400 on Wednesday, available through www.walkieticket.com and www.indievox.com
Retro psychodelic shoegaze trio Ni Hong Dao (霓虹島) play on Sunday at Uri-Sabaki-Jo (The Wall, 賣捌所), a historical building-turned-music venue in Yilan. They will be joined by College Kingdom (學院王國).
■ 38 Kangle Rd, Yilan City (宜蘭市康樂路38號), tel: (03) 935-2493. On the Net: thewall.tw
■ Show starts at 5pm
■ No admission
Amis female group Kaying no Makerahay perform tonight at Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village in Taitung City.
■ 26, Ln 135, Sinsheng Rd, Taitung City (台東市新生路135巷26號), tel: (089) 343-393. On the Net: www.tiehua.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8pm. Music venue and crafts shops are open 2pm to 10pm Tuesdays through Sundays
■ Entrance is NT$120, available online at tickets.books.com.tw
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
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