Judge Jules can keep the party
going at Luxy.
Squeeze, at UV Live house, is a
reggae party you can't miss.
The Tavern provides a great
place for sports and socializing.
Fun Around Town
By Scott Moses Translated by Ann Lee
Now that the season of ghouls and goblins has past, we can finally return to the reality of our costume-less lifestyles. Be that as it may, it certainly does not mean the fun is over. There are plenty of other events going on and fun can be found all around town.
For starters, the pub Tone 56 (56, MinQuan E Rd, Sec 3) is currently featuring the band LOADED on Saturday nights. They are a dead-on cover band that gives each of their songs a unique flavor. The band's saxophone player, Adrian, is very talented and gives their songs the extra perk that most cover bands are missing. To find out more about Tone 56's specials and the band LOADED, be sure to check them out on the web or on the Facebook profile "Tone 56 Live bar."
Once again the reggae-fest called "Squeeze" has made its way back to Taipei. On November 22nd, VU Live house (77, WuChang St, Sec 2, B1) will heat up for one of the biggest dance party's of the year. They will feature a number of up-and-coming reggae artists (Sunny Smalls, Pas Junior, Taiwan's own Ice, etc) alongside Black Reign Intl. Sound. The entrance fee is NT$400 and includes two drinks. If you're looking to get in touch with your reggae roots, you may want to stop by.
If Halloween wasn't scary enough for you, then check out these two Swedish Metal bands--The Haunted and Infernal Chaos. The groups are going to unleash their fury at VU Live House (77, WuChang St, Sec 2) on November 15th. If you want to grab a seat in the VIP area, one ticket will cost NT$1,300; you can alternately be positioned in the "rock area" for NT$800. For the metal heads out there, this might be what you were waiting for. If you have any questions, give them a call at 0927-705-783.
On November 7th, a Rock & Roll and Blues Showdown will transpire over at Bliss (148, XinYi Rd, Sec 4). The night will feature The Deadly Vibes and The Rising Hedons. The Deadly Vibes sounds like a fun band that has strong roots in rock, punk, and country. The Rising Hedons seem a bit interesting, as their shows have described by Sandra West from the Daily Chronicles as "unpredictable and unstable!"
If metal isn't your style, then stop by Luxy (201, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec 4, 5F) on November 7th to hear the passionate and catchy tunes of the UK's own Judge Jules. He is currently making his rounds in Asia and stopping for just one night in Taiwan. Judge Jules is considered one of the top 10 DJ's in the world and is literally flying straight from Seoul to make you party all night long. This opportunity is only good for one night--he is flying to Tokyo to play at the Liquid Room the following day. To learn more go to www.luxy-taipei.com/
If you're a sports junkie or just like a large selection of drinks and beer, then check out the sporting events over at the Tavern (415, XinYi Rd, Sec 4). They have just about every televised sporting event known to man available for your entertainment. For more specific information about upcoming sporting events be sure to check out their web page at www.tavern.com.tw/
If you can't decide between staying in and watching a movie or going out, here's a solution for you: Bliss (148, XinYi Rd, Sec 4), has started to host a number of movie nights and TV Tuesdays. For further details have a look at their MySpace profile at myspace.com/blisslivehouse.
For modern art lovers, head to the Salt Peanut Factory (23, Lane 60, TaiShun St, DaAn District) for exhibition entitled "The Exploding Stencil". This collection of stencil-spray paintings is said to incorporate a "bit more wit and a bit more statement." If you wish to see this cultural exhibit, you better hurry up--it ends on November 11th. Check out their web page at http://www.wretch.cc/blog/saltpeanuts