Gratitude tends to be an under-utilized human emotion, yet it’s the surest way to bring more happiness into your life. When it comes to the entertainment scene, there’s no better way to show your ardor for a favourite artist than with a homage to their repertoire. This week, attend various tributes in club-land and show them your appreciation.
On Friday high-end watch retail chain, The Hour Glass, celebrate their 30th Anniversary with the launch of the new Marc Newson Hourglass by Ikepod. The shindig is by invitation only but bespectacled designer stalkers may want to stake out the venue at 71-77 Stamford Road (former MPH Building) as none other than celebrated product designer, Marc Newson himself, will be present.
Set on uncovering Singapore’s next wave of fashion designers on the same night, Zouk presents their annual Wardrobe Series. Fresh-faced street cast talents will walk the runway in designs by menswear label Bedlamite & Amuse for the ladies. Print this invite link, and arrive by 10pm for entry to watch the show and you can stay on to party at One with Aldrin.
Pushin’On embrace their electronic side this month at Blu Jaz Café on Friday, June 25. The cast of collaborators comprise DJ KoFlow, (who blew everyone away with his ‘live’ set at Hennessey Artistry weeks ago) Masterpiece, who debuts a 60 minute solo ‘live’ set of electric funk, exemplifying the sacred DJ/ MC alliance, Shellsuit & Rapscallion, followed by Chunk, Shellsuit and Masterpiece in the mix.
On Saturday June 26, it marks exactly one year and a day since the world tragically lost the King of Pop. Inimitable a performer as he was, when Hollywood needed ‘Michael Jackson’, they called on American entertainer Edward Moss, probably the most famous MJ impersonator in the world. From the set of Scary Movie 3 and 4, Date Movie and Nip/Tuck, to even standing in on photoshoots and videos, the consummate performer has dedicated his career to being the man in the mirror. You can even catch the inSing interview with him here.
At the Hard Rock Cafe @ Resorts World Sentosa, WynneSandosham & Soul Circle pay tribute to Michael Jackson from 9.30pm. With housepours at only S$6 nett from 9.30pm to 11.30pm, remind yourself to refrain from grabbing the mic and making like Mike (T & V, I’m talking to you).
On Saturday June 26, Redbull Music Academy alumni hit the Home Club floor to show us why they were selected from thousands of applicants from around the world for the prestigious RBMA. Debbie Chia (RBMA Seattle), Vijay Singh, aka ‘Vijay Sweetalker’ (RBMA Melbourne), Cherry Chan (RBMA London), and Wayne Lee, aka Mr X, the Singapore RBMA coordinator – will perform to all present as well as thousands more listening in ‘live’ on RBMA Radio. Bed-ridden, underaged, or simply want to relive the night? Listen to the recorded set via the Redbull Music Academy Radio website.
Readyset Glo turns 3 at Zouk main room on the same day. Growing from a niche to monster night, who better to perform than the freaky boys behind the booty-shaking, dry-humping videos and music of the same variety- Major Laser. Insanely infectious or aneurysm-inducing annoying (you decide) the only thing that’s definite is ‘Pon De Floor’ has become a part of club-speak vocabulary.
The tribute buzz touches closer to home on Sunday June 27, highlighting an indie band that has made an indelible impression on the local scene, the Stoned Revival. A bittersweet performance, the ’20 Years of Independence, Peace & Love’ concert at the Substation is a swansong to founding member, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Esam Salleh, who migrates to Australia in August. From 4pm to 9pm catch performances by the band, as well as newer acts that have been influenced by their sounds and carefree spirit, including Stellarium, Spacedays, Moods, Johnny Shameless, The Great Spy Experiment and American musician David Knight. Genre-bending, funky and ever experimental, join these space cowboys for an unforgettable evening.
Keeping the tribute’s rolling well past the weekend, Bar None resident performers Alia, Patrick, Carla, and Solid Vibe show their appreciation for Pop queen Christina Aguilera’s latest album, ‘Bionic’ by singing her greatest and latest hits on Tuesday, 29th June 2010. Be the first 100 guests to play the Not Myself Tonight ringtone on your mobile phone to gain free entry and receive a complimentary Bionic cocktail. Also, stand to win Christina Aguilera CDs, courtesy of Sony Music Singapore.
And rounding up the week’s listings is the unofficial winner of the scene’s most flogged (albeit stylishly), series of tribute events, the Moet & Chandon Sex and the City 2 parties. The finale soiree takes place at Movida and is a stylish black and white ‘Tuxedo party’. Entry at 9pm depends on your dress code so look sharp.
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose. Her latest project is Camp Pong, a pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music & good times at *Scape, which will be ending in August.