Where: Unnamed Di’anmen Space
When: Sat & Sun, 3 & 4 March, 15:00–23:30
How Much: 150RMB (two day pass), 80RMB per day (less for students)
Who: Soviet Pop, Zhang Shouwang, Xiao He, Yan Yulong and many many more (More Info)
Why: I have to admit that in my heart of hearts, this isn’t my pick of the week. But I can only recommend Ningxia Nights so often. This is the Sally Can’t Dance festival, which only comes around once a year, if there’s anyone game enough to organize it. Josh could tell you about it better, but it was started years ago by Li Tieqiao, kept up by Subjam’s Yan Jun, and then laid low for a while. With the passing of D-22, Zoomin’ Night’s Zhu Wenbo and Josh himself have enough time and energy (and contacts) to take the reigns. This year, they’re bringing some of the best of Beijing and China to the stage of an as-yet-unnamed space on the south-west corner of where all the Di’anmen’s meet (Di’anmen East, West, Nei, Wai). It’s difficult to pick a day, but I would suggest Sunday, if only for the opportunity to see an improv jam session between some of the coolest experimental musicians out there. Plus, the evening rounds out with Xiao He. What’s not to love? It’s a BYO xiaomaibu affair, so bring your bike laden with rattling Yanjing bottles.
As mentioned, my heart will also be at Dos Kolegas on Friday, with their first Made in Ningxia Night of the Year of the Dragon, 10PM, 50RMB. But before then, on Thursday, there’s a send-off gig for some bands going to SXSW — Carsick Cars, Nova Heart, Rustic… — called Bye Bye For South By, 9PM, 100/70RMB. Finally, The Return of The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, for those who have been waiting for it, is finally upon us on Saturday at Yugong Yishan, 9PM, 50RMB. And if you’re down for heading to the CBD, Pet Conspiracy are playing the literally underground nightclub Haze, which should be super interesting. Starts at 11PM, 80RMB.