Though we seemingly have less on the cards after the long weekend, this week will play host to a variety in terms of nightlife, new venues, music workshops and local/ international DJ nights a plenty.
Heralding a renewed interest in Orchard Road as a nightlife destination, TAB is the brand new Live Music Venue / Bar / Restaurant situated at #02-29, 442 Orchard Road. Aiming to showcase and develop music talent, and present concerts by international artists on a regular basis, TAB hosts multi-instrumentalist, one-man band, Chris Cope from Tuesday August 10 to Sunday 15.
Another club that has re-opened for a while but is finally celebrating their official launch is La Maison. The first of a series of ‘X’ PARTIES happens this Friday August 13, and features collaborations between the club and masters of mischief in Music, Fashion, Art and Design. La Maison’s Creative Director André Saraiva (Mr. A) and Gildas Loaec (Mr. K) of renowned music and fashion label Kitsuné, will play a 90-minute DJ set. Cosa Nostra warm up for the duo in the VIP loft while Shawn Livewire and Kane Ian play in the Main Arena. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and receive a complimentary glass of Belvedere IX at the door. I thought I’d have to miss this being in Bali this weekend but it turns out there is a mini La Maison ‘X’ party there too on August 11 at Anantara. Yay.
On Friday August 13, make new friends at Stereolab at their brand new networking series, NETWORKING - Shaken, Not Stirred... On this night all guests are entitled to a complimentary welcome Martini on arrival and subsequent Martini's will be available at just S$10++ till midnight. RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=135612603143134&index=1
After all that small talk and witty banter, get down with Terrence Parker (Detroit/USA), the guest DJ for the night. Dubbed the ‘Telephone Man’ because he uses an actual telephone as headphones and ‘answers the call to bring music to feed people’s souls.’
Elsewhere on Friday, catch Sixx, the young six-piece band who missed their opportunity at SINGfest last week due to time limitations. They deliver their sexy urban sound live at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on August 13 from 7.15pm - 8pm, demonstrating strong vocals and raps backed by live instrumentation on horns, drums, guitars and bass.
At Zouk, head honcho of the hugely successful Defected Records label, Simon Dunmore returns. Highly regarded in the music industry for keeping house music alive and relevant for each new generation, this is one guy who knows how to educate and rock a crowd, at the same time.
On Saturday August 14, Hip Hop hits the main room when Zouk hosts Holla! With DJ Craze. If Phuture’s permanently packed status has been cramping your style, take the rare opportunity to bump and grind in mega club comfort. The boys at Trance Republic gleefully turn Phuture from Urban to Uplifting on this night
Velvet Underground celebrates its 16th Anniversary on Saturday August 14 with the party “The Neu Renaissance” featuring Faze Action ‘Live’ (UK), from 10pm onwards.
Made up of brothers and electronic music stalwarts, Simon and Robin Lee, Faze Action’s distinctive orchestration takes modern day disco well into the future. I’m absolutely gutted to miss this, especially since it’s going to be a live show- be there you must!
On Saturday August 14, +65, Singapore’s premiere drum and bass event gets underway at Home Club. The all star local line up features back to back sets from Kiat and Ming, Nez and Twinhed and Dubwise while Vortex, early champion of the Singapore D&B scene goes on solo. Vortex will be celebrating his birthday on this night so get in free by saying his full name at the door. $15 (with one drink) if you don't know the fella.
On Tuesday August 17, world class ukulele virtuoso (no laughing matter) James Hill returns for a solo concert at the DBS Auditorium. One of the world's top composers for the ukulele, he will also conduct a series of workshops during the week of August 18 – 20. Be sure to sign up early to avoid disappointment at http://www.ukulelemovement.com, purchase concert tickets at www.GATECRASH.com.sg
Native Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer, David Choi performs at Timbre @ The Substation for three nights on August 17, 18 and 22 at 8.30pm. Also performing at Baybeats and TAB the week after, the ninth most subscribed musician on YouTube will host a workshop exclusively presented by Timbre Music Academy on August 22 at 6.30pm at Timbre @ The Substation. The 80-minutes Workshop sessions sees David take participants through his musical journey. Early bird tickets are gone but limited seats have been set aside for walk-in participants.
Finally, practice your pelvic swivels on Wednesday August 18 when Rob Collins and his mystery guests pay a definitive tribute to the King, Elvis Presley. Marking the 33rd year of the passing of the King of Rock and Roll, Bellini Room hosts a night of games, fun and song. Entry is free and showtime starts 10.30pm.
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. One of her ongoing projects is Camp Pong, a pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music and good times at *Scape ending on 7 October.