Friday, June 8
“New Weird American” artist Devendra Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, ‘Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit’—a collection of recordings he had made for himself. Subsequent albums has won massive musical acclaim and cemented the Venezuelan America singer-songwriter as one of the key artists of the ‘00s. His ninth studio album, Ape In Pink Marble was released on September 23, 2016 on Nonesuch Records. Tickets available right here.
Japan's city pop group Yogee New Waves is launching its first tour in China. Formed in 2013, the four-man group luxuriates in a retro-pop sound, keeping the unique, romantic texture of the 70s and 80s alive with their alt-cool lyrics and chilled guitar riffs. They're hot off the release of their third EP, "Spring Cave e.p.," filled with warm and easy tunes, and they're touring China for the first time to promote it, stopping off in Shanghai's Modernsky Lab. Expect a night of nostalgic, feel-good, upbeat J-Pop. Tickets available right here.
June 8 to June 10
Eric Carle is a children's book author and illustrator, famous for his simple, beautiful language and a unique, colorful art style that's immediately recognizable. He's behind enormously popular books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," about a caterpillar that eats its way to becoming a butterfly. He's also the author of "The Mixed-Up Chameleon," which follows a bored chameleon who spices things up by imitating other animals at the zoo and learning he's perfect just the way he is, and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?" In this 60-minute production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, three of Eric Carle's heart-warming tales are brought to life through puppetry and black lights, with narration by China's favorite foreign celebrity, Mark "Dashan" Rowswell. Perfect for children aged 2+. This show is in Chinese. Tickets available right here.
Saturday, June 9
Life In Color, AKA "The World's Largest Paint Party" is having its first stop in Shanghai. The famous international show, popular on college campuses and counting more than 500,000 attendees worldwide every year, has a pretty simple concept: you enter wearing white. You leave up to seven hours later, a little dazed, eardrums pounding, heart still racing, covered in six different colors of paint, fired from the 25-meter-high stage. It's an entire day of electronic music, surrounded by art, paint, performance, and people getting progressively more colorful. The paint is water-based, latex-free, odorless, light on the skin, and washes off. However, it might be hard to get out of certain kinds of clothes. Don't wear something you wouldn't mind getting paint on. Tickets available right here.
The Networking Events Club (NEC) hosts an exclusive yacht party every year, where expats and local professionals cruise along the Bund. Meet, greet, connect and imbibe is the name of the game. Bring a business card. There'll be a live DJ and music across all three decks, samba/salsa/bachata performances, and free-flow on cocktails and Brander Urstoff German premium beer, as well as wine and soft drinks. There's a strict Black & White dress code for the event, and tickets must be purchased in advance. First 50 ticket buyers get 100rmb restaurant Voucher. Tickets available right here.
An all-round platform for children to experience the joys of classical music founded in November 2016, this youth orchestra has already grown to 70 members, and performed 3 public concerts and 2 charity concerts. This summer concert will include four solos, ten orchestra pieces and one quintet, performing everything from traditional Western Classical music, Chinese traditional folk, jazz, ethnic music, etc. All the music is arranged and composed by British conductor Gary Sanderson from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Great chance to hear bright young things drawn from schools around Shanghai, and maybe catch a glimpse of a burgeoning musical prodigy. Tickets available right here.
This June sees the 10th anniversary for Brawl on the Bund, the white collar boxing tournament. For 10 years, China Sports Promotions has brought amateur boxing to 4 cities and over 15,000 guests, with more than 600 white collar boxers in more than 300 fights. This June's event will be held at their founding partner's venue, Hyatt on the Bund. It's a classic black tie/bow tie fight night for only 500 guests, with at least 8 white collar fights and a charity raffle for More Than Aware. Tickets are first come first serve, and they include a 4-course western dinner with free cocktails, wine and beer. Ringside tables also include 4 bottles of champagne. Tickets available right here.
June 11, June 12
Experience-led production collective Beyond The Bund is delighted to announce the release of their 2nd Chinese Whispers Chapter: The Tempest. Following the success of the first Chapter 'Stories Before Me,' sharing stories of growing up behind the glamorous backdrop of 1930’s Shanghai, Chapter 2 sees Diana Wang continue her tale: born to an aristocratic family, learning ballet and piano, before misfortunes and tumult led to her living in a mud-brick house and performing back-breaking labor year-round. She's studied languages, experienced three marriages, worked as a nanny, a teacher, a cleaner, a farmer and a singer, never losing her touch of elegance, or her faith in destiny. Her story will accompanied by the lyrical movements of award winning Russian twin dancers Maria and Nadia Gudenko, in a performance put together by music producer Mackey. Tickets available right here.