The Mosaic Music Festival clearly dominates the concert calendar this month with its stellar programming of top international and local acts from 11 to 20 March (Check out the must-see highlights and Pat Rocks’ picks on Mosaic).
Away from the Esplanade venue though, there are many other gigs worth checking out. Here are the picks of the bunch.
MGMT & The Whitest Boy Alive
From the promoters who gave us The Flaming Lips and The Raveonettes show in November, Untitled Entertainment is bringing in MGMT and The Whitest Boy Alive for a double header in Singapore. Psychedelic pop rockers MGMT’s acclaimed debut album, “Oracular Spectacular”, was named NME’s 2008 Album Of The Year and their upcoming self-titled third album is due out this year. The Whitest Boy Alive is a German-Norwegian band that started in 2003 as an electronic dance music project. Fronted by singer/guitarist Erlend Øye, who is also one half of Kings of Convenience, the band has since developed into a “band without any programmed elements”. Their brand of organic funk-inspired dance music needs to be experienced live for maximum enjoyment.
Event:MGMT & The Whitest Boy Alive – Live in Singapore
Date: 24 March 2011
Venue: Suntec Int’l Convention & Exhibition Hall 603
Tickets: $138 from SISTIC
For a taste of the night you’ll be in for, check out MGMT’s massive hit video Time to Pretend below:
It’s a rarity to hold a gig at Speakers’ Corner but that’s exactly what a group of La Salle students are doing on 6 March. Love-In is a free concert to help raise awareness for the anti-domestic violence cause. So bring a picnic mat, food and drinks and be entertained by The Pinholes, King Kong Jane, Etc, Basement In My Loft, Zahidah, TypeWriter, For This Cycle and Sean Harrison from 5pm till 10pm.
Date: 6 March 2011
Venue: Hong Lim Park
The legendary Elvis Costello is returning to these shores for another solo concert, this time at the Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands. The singer-songwriter emerged from the UK punk scene in 1977 with a look resembling 1950s rock ‘n’ roll icon Buddy Holly. He is acclaimed for his clever wordplay, songwriting and ability to fuse different genres into his sound and music. A consummate live performer, Elvis is a must-see if you have not watched him already.
Event:Elvis Costello – A Solo Performance
Date: 7 March 2011
Venue: Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands
Tickets: $90, $110, $140, $170, $210 from SISTIC
Carlos Santana has been thrilling fans and audiences for 40 years with his music and guitar playing. Back in Singapore for a concert in support of his latest CD, “Guitar Heaven… The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time”, which was released in September 2010, fans can expect Santana and his band to perform many classic songs from the album. The multiple Grammy award winner is one of music’s most enduring and prolific musicians. Santana’s concerts have a reputation for being joyous and celebratory and come with loads of blistering guitar solos from the living legend.
Event:Santana – Live in Singapore
Date: 7 March 201
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $100, $150, $230, $300 from SISTIC
About Patrick Chng
Forever young at heart, Patrick Chng loves going to gigs and checking out Singapore bands. He has also been playing in bands since the late 1980s, writing about music and being an important mover and shaker in the Singapore indie music scene. When he's not checking out or playing gigs, he's at home playing with his guitars and updating his Facebook.