2, Alley 3, DongYuan Lane, B1, Longjing Township, Taichung
Hours: Thu-Sat 8:30 pm-Midnight.
Credit cards not accepted.
Cover charge Thu (open mic night) NT$50, Fri & Sat
from NT$150-NT$300 (depending on band)
Gamaa Records: www.gamaamusic.com
By Courtney Donovan Smith
Translated by Ann Lee
Lovers of live, original music and the
hot, sweaty experience of human creativity channelled
through instruments and blasted through loud speakers
really have only two dedicated homes here in Taichung.
Downtown, Grooveyard dishes up a wide range of bands
both local and foreign, and across many styles. The
other home is Nuno's in the Tunghai Bieshu area, with
less foreigners but more local talent, especially in
the rock and punk genres.
Great acts from all around the island
come to play Nuno's, including all the well-known alternative
acts. On my first visit I caught two well-known Taipei
acts, the playful and talented Freckles and up-and-coming
punk powerhouse B.B. Bomb. The NT$150 cover charge (includes
one beer) was well worth it.
The crowd at Nuno's is largely students
and friends and fans of the bands. The youth of the
crowd makes drinking at Nuno's a great deal--the prices
are closer to tea house than pub standards. Taiwan Beer
sets punters back a paltry NT$50 and most other drinks
run NT$100 to NT$150 for large beers, imported beers
The decor is exactly what I had expected--a classic
underground music venue with a dark basement with plenty
of soundproofing, a smallish stage, a DJ booth, album
covers on the walls and a small bar area.
Owner Nuno is also the man behind Gamaa
Music, producer of CDs by bands like ciacia, LTK, and
Children Sucker. Upstairs from Nuno's Live House is
a combo shoe store and record store featuring Gamaa's
collection. Curiously, while most record stores don't
carry Gamaa's music, Eslite Bookstores do.
Not many know the scene as well as
Nuno, so I asked him about the state of Taiwan's music
scene. Encouragingly, he stated that Taichung's scene
is improving, but the bad news is that in general he
feels the overall Taiwan scene is losing its local flavour
and too many songs are now written in English.
If you have any interest in music, Nuno's is a must-visit.
If not, come for the cheap beer!