by Steven

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman 5.28

April 23, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman performs in Qingdao at the Owl Bar (sHooters) in the Olympic Sailing Center on May 28, 2011. Listen to their music on Douban (scroll down for music player).

When: May 28, 8.30 pm
Venue: Owl Bar (sHooters) / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: Door 40 yuan (RMB), Advance and Students 30 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 136.6886.6600

Relevant Links:
Hoochie Coochie Gentleman on Douban
Olympic Sailing Center on Google Maps

by Steven

Qinghai Folk: Suo Nan 4.26

April 23, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Suo Nan performs in Qingdao at Sonospace Books in Creative 100 on April 26, 2011. The folk singer from Yushu, Qinghai province is accompanied by photographer Liu Lang and his images of Qinghai’s natural scenery and aftermath of Yushu 2010 earthquake. On the 2F loft of Sonospace, a smoke free environment.

When: April 26, 7:30 pm
Venue: Sonospace Bookstore / 不是书店
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB), 25 Sonospace members
Info: 8080.9565

Relevant Links:
Creative 100
Sonospace Books on Douban
Sonospace Books Photos on Douban

Image Credit @ 北辕南辙

by Clay

8 Questions: Qingdao Music Scene

April 21, 2011 in About Qingdao, Music by Clay

1. Is there jazz at the Corner Jazz Club?

In a word, no. The bar is on a corner though. They once had bands but DJs are less mafan.

2. Freedom Cuba Live House

Update Spring 2012: This venue seems to be on (permanent) hiatus :(
Veteran Qingdao music promoter Lao Zhang set up shop in Taidong on Tongshan Lu after the closing of both Owl Bar (sHooters) and a dungeonesque space under Tiantai Stadium. A real hero in the effort to bring more music to Qingdao, viva la Zi You Gu Ba!


3. Any venue in town for original music?

Redstar in Room 401 in Creative 100′s No. 3 building. Redstar’s small stage has seen bands including Chinese indie heroes Carsick Cars and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues (ReTROS). Foreign musicians at Redstar have included Headache with Jim Black, Briggan Krauss, Peter and Tony Scherr, Michael Blake and Teddy Kumpel, Beijing’s Redbucks, and Finland’s Moses Hazy et al. Check out a video of Hollerado at Redstar here.

The main image above is from a ReTROS show at Redstar. Update Spring 2012: This venue has been dormant except for regular practice sessions of local punk group Dama Llamas and occasional Creative 100 related events. Call 8388.2269 for more info.

Other places to catch original live music in Qingdao include Cape 3 (coastal bar street in Polar Ocean World on Donghai Lu near Shi Lao Ren Beach), Freeman Cafe (in the triangle of Charlie’s Bar and LPG), King’s Head Pub, and the SY Experimental Theatre.

Cape 3 in the Polar Ocean World has hosted Nova Heart, IZ, Beijing Beatles and more. Their sound system is said to be the best in town. SY Theatre has seen traveling folk shows from labels like 13 Month Records.

4. Is there anywhere in Qingdao with live music every night of the year?

Club New York boasts a versatile house band that plays almost 365 gigs a year. The bar hosts occasional traveling acts, like Michael Bates in 2009, Dress Code in 2010 or the Beijing Beatles in 2011.

Lennon Bar used to be a regular haunt of the Canadian expat band the billKillers and has seen a steady stream of house bands with Chinese and Philippine players.

5. Are there any bands in Qingdao?

Local bands include Han Orchestra, Mr. Cat, The Dama Llamas, Firehouse, Bojue, Kamikaze, Demo, Overcoming, Fancy World. Some of these bands are dormant, coming alive from time to time for special shows. There aren’t a whole lot of gig opportunities for the less accomplished local bands. Band member attrition and turnover also plays a part in the relative lack of Qingdao local bands. Another factor is that musicians of a certain caliber who want to work and be recognized in their field migrate to Beijing.

Guitarist Ma Xiaodong of Escape Plan is a Qingdao native who followed the path to the capital – his Qingdao band was called Ma Yi. Demerit is one Qingdao band that has made it big in Beijing and toured the US on Vans Warped Tour. Pipedream Princess, Pungent Liquid, Four Lines Pane, and Li Zenghui are names not commonly known.

Online resources for more info: and Rock in China Wiki.

There aren’t a whole lot of gig opportunities for the less accomplished local bands. Band member attrition and turnover also plays a part in the relative lack of Qingdao local bands.

6. What about modern Chinese folk music in Qingdao?

Venues which have hosted acts like Ma Tiao, Chuan Zi, Shan Ren, and more include Freeman Cafe (Jiangxi Lu near ssLPG and Charlie’s Bar), King’s Head Pub (11 Xinyi Lu) and SY Theater (26 Shunxing Lu in Taidong near the pedestrian mall).

Sonospace Books in Creative 100 hosts regular guitar forums with local Qingdao musicans and traveling folk singers/guitarists. Hostels like Kaiyue (Old Church Lounge) and Wheat (Maizi) also have folk shows, e.g. Frederick (Dalian), and Qingdao rockers/punkers sometime show up to play – especially on special dates like Christmas/New Year’s.


7. What about music festivals in Qingdao?

Historically, one of the best music festivals in Qingdao took place in 2004 on the Shilaoren beach. It was called Qingdao Rocks The Beach, organized by Alex Roy and friends, with around 10 bands on 1 day. It opened a lot of eyes and ears though it wasn’t until 2007 that Qingdao saw another large show, MAX 07. The following years have seen MAX continue to bring in great foreign and local talent for Redstar’s Music and Art eXpo.

The first Golden Beach Music Festival took place in Xuejiadao (Huangdao Kaifaqu Zone across the bay) in 2008, growing each year and becoming a summer event known all over China as a great 3 day musical party on the beach. Update: 2011 Golden Beach Fest was held on a square not the beach. Stay tuned for Summer 2012.

8. Are there any classical music concerts?

Qingdao classical music fans can attend concerts by the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra and visiting performers at the Qingdao People’s Hall on Daxue Lu and the modern Qingdao Grand Theatre in Laoshan district. Visiting conductors have included Lior Shambadal and Jan Latham-Koenig as well as Chinese violin prodigy turned conductor Hu Kun.

Another venue for classical music is the Qingdao Concert Hall, a vintage building across from Zhan Qiao pier that has hosted the Qingdao International Violin Competition for many years. The lobby areas of the Concert Hall contain photos and memorabilia from the history of the building, which is on the Qingdao Historical Register.


Relevant Links:
Qingdao Info – Rock in China Wiki Qingdao Bands

by Steven

Yu Lin 5.07

April 19, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Yu Lin (郁林) performs in Qingdao at the Owl Bar (sHooters) on May 7, 2011. The Chinese folk singer began his performance career in Guangzhou in 2003. Listen to Yu Lin on Myspace. Watch a video featuring the music of Yu Lin.

When: May 7, 8 pm
Venue: Owl Bar (sHooters) / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: Door 40 yuan (RMB), Advance and Students 30 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 136.6886.6600

Relevant Links:
Yu Lin on Myspace
Yu Lin Site on Douban

by Steven

Qingdao Jonoon vs. Guangzhou 4.23

April 19, 2011 in Events, Sports by Steven

Qingdao’s Chinese Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) plays at home against Guangzhou Evergrande (广州恒大) on April 23 at historic Tiantai Stadium near Zhongshan Park. Check out more details and stats on the China Super League, Qingdao Jonoon, and Guangzhou. Qingdao Jonoon are holding steady in the middle of the pack of the CSL table with 4 points this season. Guangzhou picked up a point over the weekend to reach 5 total thanks to Brazilian striker Muriqui 2 goals against Beijing Guoan.

Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Guangzhou Evergrande
When: April 23, 3:30 pm Kick Off
Venue: Tiantai Stadium

Relevant Links
Tiantai Stadium on Google Maps
Qingdao Jonoon Official Website
Guangzhou Evergrande Official Site

by Steven

Qingdao Guitar Fans Forum 4.22

April 19, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

The Qingdao Guitar Fans Forum takes place at Sonospace Books (Bu Shi Shu Dian/不是书店) on April 22, 2011. The regular meetings of guitar lovers includes listeners and players who want to talk about and listen to performances of everyone’s favorite 6 string. This is a free event organized by the Fields of Gold Guitar School and held in the smoke free environment of the Sonospace 2F loft at Creative 100 on Nanjing Lu.

When: April 22, 7:30 pm
Venue: Sonospace Bookstore / 不是书店
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Info: 8080.9565

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Guitar Blog
Sonospace Photos on Douban

Image Credit @ SassyAngelic_22

by Steven

Qingdao Panto Participation: Simon Fox

April 18, 2011 in Arts by Steven

Simon Fox answers some questions about the Qingdao Panto for QINGDAO(nese). Simon (pictured above on the left) has been a regular participant in the Qingdao Panto since 2008 and is well remembered for his cross dressing role in Cinderella. Find out more about Qingdao Panto, including how to help sponsor this community effort and the Qingdao Expat charity.

How did you become involved with Qingdao Panto?

I was in the audience of the 1st Qingdao Panto “Rumpelstiltskin” in 2007. My daughter [Lianne] took part in 2008′s production “Aladdin” and through ferrying her to and from rehearsals I got to know Tamara the director and other members of the cast and crew. When audition calls for “Robinson Crusoe” came up in late 2008 I could resist no longer!

What roles have you played and do you have a favorite?

My 1st role was “Swash”, half of the comic duo “Swash & Buckle”, a rather half witted Cornish pirate (disguised as a sailor) in Robinson Crusoe. Then last year I played ugly sister “Salmonella Hardup” opposite Tamara Studniski as “Listeria Hardup”. Both these roles were great fun, it’s very rewarding to be part of a double act. I think my favourite was “Salmonella”, it took me a while to get into character.. but once I was there I had trouble getting out again!

We have a great live band, very cool choreography, plenty of action, bizarre plot twists, multiple realities, corny jokes and suspect humour, bad guys, good guys and just plain silly guys… oh and a few surprises too.

Can anyone participate in the Panto as actor or crew member?

Absolutely, everybody is welcome at the auditions, whether you want to help behind the scenes or tread the boards yourself. There is a limit on the size of cast and crew required, so attending auditions doesn’t guarantee a part or position… it’s a meritocracy. We try to have a broad range of ages and nationalities, but obviously for acting roles good spoken English is very helpful.

Simon Qingdao Panto Cinderella

Are Qingdao Panto actors paid for performing?

Good heavens NO! Taking on a part is a serious commitment and will completely take over your life for a few months, especially in the last 3 weeks before the performance. We all put a lot in and get a lot out, but we’re not in it for the money luvvies!

What has been the biggest challenge/satisfaction you’ve personally felt while working on the Qingdao Panto?

The biggest challenge is juggling my workaday life with the demanding rehearsal schedule. I also don’t have a natural aptitude for choreographed dancing, it takes me much longer to learn the moves than the younger performers. It’s a great feeling to be part of a big team bringing the show together and, hopefully, inspiring other cast members to push themselves to do their very best. During and after every show I’ve attended or performed in the audience have shown genuine joy and appreciation. It’s wonderful to know that you’ve been part of something that has brought laughter and joy to people’s day. Last, but by no means least, knowing that the money raised will improve, enrich and possibly even save the lives of children less fortunate in and around Qingdao.. that’s the icing on the cake!

Simon Qingdao Panto Robinson Crusoe

Are you interested in directing in the future? Will you be acting indefinitely?

I do have an interest in directing but I can’t see it being possible while I’m still in fulltime work. Well, I have been known to declare that I won’t act next year… but that probably means next year! I don’t seem to need much encouragement to turn up at the auditions.

Early traditional panto productions were held outside – how does this year’s venue compare?

From an audience perspective, this year’s venue is by far the plushest, most luxurious and comfortable in the history of Qingdao Panto! In terms of performance it presents a few challenges.. there is no curtain or fly system and the stage isn’t as deep as would be ideal. But we have been truly blessed by the generosity of the Intercontinental Hotel Qingdao who have made their auditorium available free of charge and have bent over backwards to accommodate our rehearsal schedule and technical requirements. Director – Brandon Zerr-Smith has used the restrictions of the performance space to create a more stripped back, but still spectacular, show concentrating on stagecraft and using multiple simultaneously active roles in several scenes.

Knowing that the money raised will improve, enrich and possibly even save the lives of children less fortunate in and around Qingdao.. that’s the icing on the cake!

What can the audience expect in this year’s performance of Robin Hood?

Each Qingdao Panto is different to the last, by it’s very nature it’s influence and structure are both organic and transient. We yet again find ourselves with a lot of new talent, both on and off stage, which brings a vibrancy to the show. We have a great live band, very cool choreography, plenty of action, bizarre plot twists, multiple realities, corny jokes and suspect humour, bad guys, good guys and just plain silly guys… oh and a few surprises too. All in all it should be a lot of fun and a great way to support the Expat Charity.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Panto Official Website
Qingdao Expat
More 2011 Qingdao Panto Info

by Steven

Qingdao Symphony Orchestra 4.24

April 18, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performs at the Qingdao People’s Hall on April 24, 2011. The program consists of works by renowned composer Sergei Prokofiev, including the world famous Peter and the Wolf and Dance of the Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Conductor Peng Fei and soloist Lu Zhang are featured on a night of recognition for one of Russia’s greatest composers. The Qingdao People’s Hall is on the corner of Taiping Lu and Daxue Lu near Xiao Qingdao and Zhan Qiao.

When: April 24, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Hall / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289-7211

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Symphony Orchestra Official Website

Image Credit @ Richard Martin

by Steven

Xing Weidong & You Liangcheng 4.19-5.05

April 17, 2011 in Arts, Events by Steven

The works of Qingdao artists Xing Weidong (邢维东) and You Liangcheng (尤良诚) will be on exhibition in Qingdao from April 19 to May 5, 2011. The show is sponsored by the Qingdao Contemporary Art Center and 138 Art Warehouse at 138 Xianggang Dong Lu (Hong Kong East Road) at the corner of Hailong Lu.

When: April 19 – May 5, 2011
Venue: 138 Art Warehouse / 138艺术仓库
Address: 138 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路138号

Meet the artists at the opening at 2 pm on April 19. Themes of the show include the significance (or lack thereof) of this or any day in Qingdao history, with an eye to the development of the city and art’s place in it. The exhibition aims to present 2 artists who look forward to the future, back to the past, and stand temporarily temporally in the present on this date.

Xing Weidong You Liangcheng Art Qingdao Poster

Relevant Links:
Previous exhibition of You Liangcheng in Qingdao
138 Art Warehouse Location on Google Maps

by Admin

A Gong Guan 5.08

April 17, 2011 in Events, Music by Admin

A Gong Guan/A公馆 performs at the Owl Bar (sHooters) in Qingdao on May 8, 2011. The 4 piece Chinese rock band also known as Residence A wants you to Please In My Garden Dance at one of Qingdao’s top music venues. Listen to A Gong Guan on Douban (scroll down for player). Watch a video of the band performing live with interviews of band members interspersed.

When: May 8, 8.30 pm
Venue: Owl Bar (sHooters) / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: Door 40 yuan (RMB), Advance and Students 30 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 136.6886.6600

Relevant Links:
A Gong Guan on Myspace
A Gong Guan Site on Douban

by Steven

Qingdao Rock at Qunzhong 4.16

April 16, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Qingdao’s version of a Spring rock fest takes shape over at the Qunzhong Art Center in Fushan Hou area on April 16. This event is in commemoration the past decade of Qingdao live performers and recording artists. The venue is near Shanxing Park at 715 Tong An Lu (同安路715号) behind Lotus. Redstar reports “at least 13 bands from Qingdao’s underground rock scene …. featuring Han (汉乐团), Bojue (伯爵乐队), Zhunu Wanyan, The Dama Llamas (大妈辣妈乐队), Mr. Cat and more.”

Tickets are 30 yuan (RMB); more info by calling Liang Dong 139.6986.2520. Organized by a collective of Qingdao musicians, music related companies, and music schools including Calvin Modern Music School in Taidong, Coldplay Instruments in Huangdao,, Qingdao City Guitar Society, Tianyuan Recording Studios.

Chinese address:
青岛 市北区 群众艺术馆东部分馆 (浮山后易初莲花后)

Relevant Links:
Qunzhong Art Center

by Admin

Ma Yingjun 4.16

April 15, 2011 in Events, Music by Admin

Ma Yingjun performs on yangqin (扬琴) with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on April 16, 2011. The yangqin is a hammered dulcimer that is played in many traditional Chinese music groups, such as the Twelve Girls Band. A native of Qingdao, Ma began playing the yangqin at age 10 and now studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

When: April 16, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 40 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
Central Conservatory of Music