'N ROLL DOWN SOUTH:
KAOHSIUNG'S LIVE MUSIC SCENE
By Don Quan Translated by Annie Liu
Spring Scream is over, and the May Jam
had another successful run. So now everyone can forget
about seeing any bands or performances for the rest
of the year, right? Not true. While southern Taiwan's
live music scene only seems to draw attention during
the spring, you should know that there are shows happening
all the time.
The current trend is to go see a DJ,
but for those who still prefer live music, this issue
of FYI South sees the beginning of a monthly feature
highlighting the rock 'n roll culture. Unbeknownst to
most, there is a vibrant music scene in south Taiwan,
and we'll keep you informed about the best bands in
the south, and the best places to sate your desire for
rock 'n roll. Live shows featuring original music occur
at least once a month, and there is no shortage of original
artists that cover musical styles from punk/hardcore
(Naff Off, Fire Extinguisher) to folk (Glory) to indie-pop
(We Save Strawberries, We Will Love Each Other Forever)
to ska (Shy Kick Apple). Quite often, local performances
are either at a free open-air concert, or at a live
venue with a very cheap cover charge (around NT$150).
This month, we are pleased to inform
you of a brand new venue that will showcase live bands
monthly! The WombBloc Art Space at La Strada Coffee
House (67, JhongJheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung). There will
be five acts altogether, featuring Taiwanese folk singer
Glory (probably the closest thing to Joni Mitchell Taiwan
has ever seen), and several other indie-rock/pop bands.
Admission is a paltry NT$200, and includes free drinks.
Come out and support the local music scene!