July 3 to July 22
American Michael Mayo is one of only three vocalists to have been accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, studying under the likes of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Luciana Souza, among others. Recently moved to New York, he performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama on International Jazz Day 2016, at both the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and Renée Fleming’s American Voices Festival in 2013 and, most recently, the Emmys Governors Ball in 2017. A powerful, soulful jazz singer, he's just as good solo as he is with a band, but for this month-long residency at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, he'll be joined by a trio of international jazz performers: Isaac Wilson on piano, Robin Baytas on drums, and Samuel Zerna on bass. Get your tickets right here.
July 5 to July 8
A live stage version of the popular TV show, PAW Patrol's a group of six rescue dogs and their tech-savvy friend Ryder, who take missions to protect the community. "No job is too big, no pup is too small!" This time around, Mayor Goodway's disappeared on the eve of an important race! Now the puppy gang has to race to the rescue. With live puppets and actors acting out the parts, it's set to be a fun hour with Chase, Skye, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Marshall, Everest and Ryder. Perfect for children ages 2 years and older. There're several shows in Chinese, and one in English. Get your tickets right here.
The 9th Music in the Summer Air (MISA) continues with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday. British conductor, composer and pianist Bramwell Tovey and the New York Philharmonic will perform some of the legendary American composer's most famous numbers, including excerpts from the musical West Side Story, which he scored. Tovey's career has spanned decades, with roles including Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, leading them in the world premiere of Penderecki's 8th Symphony. He's also been heavily involved in producing music for the BBC and Channel 4. He's even dabbled in opera, taking the speaking role of the The Impresario in the City Opera of Vancouver premiere of the comedy 'The Lost Operas of Mozart' in 2016. Tovey will also perform 'Rhapsody in Blue' by Gershwin on piano. Get your tickets right here.
Volume 1 of SHFT's pool party season kicks off at the Purple Mountain Hotel Rooftop Pool, with notorious international superstar duo 2¢ on the decks. Composed of DJ Craze (4 time World DMC Champion) and Four Color Zack (Redbull Threestyle World Champion), these guys are taking those pool party vibes to whole. 'nother. level. Another level! These guys keep it straight to the point, pumping out raw, unapologetic mix-tapes that take on everything from the industry they work in to the world at large. They're bass heavy, they're scratchy, they're funky, they despise labels, they're real. They're a powerhouse. Settle into their groove and relax on the rooftop, or go wild. Get wet. Get your tickets right here.
Youxiake's Fourth Neon Festival hits the pavement at full sprint with The Neon Run, a night of revelry and activities to help you shake off the apathy that clings two-fisted to your life. Start with a meet-up, get decked out in fluorescent materials, go for a run, and finally, the carnival itself! Throw off the pressure of the daily grind and light up the night with a Neon Run t-shirt, covered in fluorescent paint, douse yourself in an Ice Bucket Challenge, play in a blizzard of soap bubbles and dance like crazy to live music. The whole celebration, from 6-9.30pm, is open to anyone from age 6 to 65, and the meeting point's at the Number 2 gate of Pujiangzhen metro station. Included in the cost is insurance and a bag full of fluorescent materials (though you're welcome, even encouraged, to bring your own). Get your tickets right here.
Myst, Fusion and Lynx nightclubs, known as some of the city's best platforms for EDM music and Top 100 DJs, hosts a trip to Taiyandao for a hot pool party. Part of their outdoor party brand “Mission Out," it's an all day affair where you’re invited to drink under the sun, near a pool, with fireworks, and dance like no one’s watching. Monday can wait, enjoy your weekend with extra lounging and music on the day of rest. Only rule is you have to wear "white." White whatever! White speedos? Hey, you do you. Tickets include one drink, and transportation to the party by bus (shuttle bus schedule to be announced later). Though if you show up in your own car, you get a little bonus; bikini model car wash service. Get wet (and lit) with the club kids! Get your tickets right here.
July 7 and July 8
1983's 'Secrets of the Heavenly Book' is only the third Chinese animated feature film, by director Wang Shuchen and with a lively soundtrack from Wu Yingju, telling the story of a deacon who defies the Jade Emperor to pass the knowledge of a heavenly book to mankind. Here, as a joint production by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Animation Film Studio Co. Ltd, the digitally restored original film will be shown in its entirety, accompanied by live music arranged by young composer Shen Yiwen, who holds a doctorate in composition from Juilliard. It's a callback to when movie soundtracks were played live in the theater, and a fresh imagining of a classic Chinese animated movie. Get your tickets right here.