SHOWS YOU CAN’T MISS

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Article by Tim King

MonDAY September 11th
Buyi   – DaHua 1935

Ningxia, Yinchuan’s Buyi has been a band for more than 20 years, and over that time they’ve covered a lot of sonic ground. From rollicking overdriven stadium crashers, to languid slow dances, to laid-back islander ditties, this is one of those bands that takes influence from everywhere (including traditional Chinese music) and fires it back out, scattershot, into accessible, digestible earworms. If you’re worried that this’ll be more uninspired Chinese pop/rock, worry not. The worst you could say about these guys is that their songs are a lot like the weather from my native New England: if you don’t like it, wait a minute; it’ll change. The relatively affordable ticket price also makes this a great opportunity to check out a genre of music you’re not necessarily into, and you’ll likely leave having a song or two trapped in your head.

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FriDAY September 15th       
Los Crasher   – Midi Livehouse

If you get yourself immediately hooked on trumpet virtuoso Theo Croker’s soulful, jazzy compositions, that’s not an accident. He’s been attracting attention for his entire career with his indefatigable energy and willingness to explore and expand his craft, including a seven-year stay in Shanghai that saw him becoming the first artist-in-residence at a number of the city’s jazzy hotspots. I don’t think I have a lot to add to the conversation about this incredible musician taking the jazz world by storm, so it’d probably be better to just end with something a more qualified person (Trumpeter and Grammy-winning composer Donald Byrd) had to say about him: “There are good, great and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo. I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.”

SaturDAY
September 23rd       
Theo Croker
Xi’an Concert Hall

If you get yourself immediately hooked on trumpet virtuoso Theo Croker’s soulful, jazzy compositions, that’s not an accident. He’s been attracting attention for his entire career with his indefatigable energy and willingness to explore and expand his craft, including a seven-year stay in Shanghai that saw him becoming the first artist-in-residence at a number of the city’s jazzy hotspots. I don’t think I have a lot to add to the conversation about this incredible musician taking the jazz world by storm, so it’d probably be better to just end with something a more qualified person (Trumpeter and Grammy-winning composer Donald Byrd) had to say about him: “There are good, great and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo. I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.”

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All information is subject to change. Check Xianease or Venue WeChat accounts for up-to-date info

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