LIVE MUSIC AND MORE
By Don Quan Translated
by Annie Liu
Photos by Jimmy Kang
169, JianGuo 3rd Rd, B1, Kaohsiung City
Hours: 4 pm-till night
Kaohsiung's newest music venue is more
than just a place to see performers. Join Us, located
near the train station at 169, JianGuo 3rd Road, offers
a distinguished atmosphere that musicians and music
lovers alike will appreciate.
Join Us was founded by four partners
who all have considerable experience in the music field.
The principle partner, Er Zhong, is quite familiar to
those involved in Kaohsiung's music scene. He was the
original founder of ATT Music, and has been in the business
for more than 10 years, both as a musician and a recording
engineer. He recently parted ways with ATT, and this
is his newest venture.
The premises features a fully-equipped
stage, several practice rooms, a recording studio and
a well-stocked bar. Currently there are live shows every
Saturday night featuring singers, duos, DJs and bands
from all over Taiwan, and the occasional act from abroad.
You can sit and watch the show, or just hang out at
the bar and have a drink. Cover charge for these events
ranges from NT$100-200 The room is also available for
rent to parties which wish to put on their own shows.
The practice rooms are furnished with
drums, amps and microphones that musicians can use for
rehearsal. These rooms are available for rent, starting
at NT$200 per hour. Cheaper rates are available for
long-term rentals. If you are seeking musical instruction,
there is a staff of teachers available for vocal training,
drums, guitar, bass, piano and even sound engineering.
Although it is not an actual retail shop, the venue
does carry a modest line of musical accessories, and
will do custom-orders any instruments or products you
wish to purchase. They also do repairs on instruments
and electronic sound equipment.
For the music community, which is sorely lacking establishments
that feature live entertainment, Join Us is a welcome
Check out their blog at http://join-us-live.blogspot.com/
for more information on upcoming events.