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Parties at live houses this week

A Mongolian party, a multinational band and a farewell party for a local band will heat up the dance floors of two of the city's best live music venues this week.

The Mongolian night party will be held Thursday at Anar Bar on Xingfu Road as a prelude to a music and cultural exchange tour of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region by three local music groups and a DJ. The tour from July 8-11 will feature concerts, TV appearances and workshops for young musicians.

The party on Thursday will feature live performance of traditional Mongolian folk songs by Inner Mongolian students who are studying music in Shanghai.

DJ B.O. (Brian Offenther), also a freelancer for Shanghai Daily's weekly Super Sonic column, will present Mongolia's best music videos, including typical Mongolian hip hop, and other videos.

The three bands Ho-Tom and Franco, Boys Climbing Ropes and Moon Tyrant will perform.

A limited supply of Mongolian milk tea will be provided by Nomads Restaurant, a local Mongolian restaurant managed by Jerry of local bluegrass duo Tom & Jerry.

The nonprofit tour of Inner Mongolia is funded by sponsorships, donations and other fund raising.

On Friday, everyone's fave multi-national Chengdu-based rock four-piece Proximity Butterfly is coming to Yuyintang livehouse. The Maybe Mars-signed group is influenced by Nietzsche, bowls of noodles and many things in between, creating reverb-laden tunes and richly triptastic audio-visual performances.

The night will start off with a surprise opening act, followed by P. Butterfly, and then some bass-heavy reggae vibes from local crew Uprooted Sunshine Soundsystem, going late into the night.

P. Butterfly founded in 2003 consists of Joshua (vocal and guitar), Lenny (guitar), Heather (bass) and Wangyong (drums).

The band is famous for songs such as "The Sex," "Tiptoes of Shiva," "Prophession, "Dance of the Hanged Men of Salahoudin," "St Davide," "I Don't Know II," "Stallions of Stop," "Halo," "Kill the Popstar" and "Phantasmagoria."

This tour also stops in Wuhan of Hubei Province at Vox Bar, Nanjing of Jiangsu Province at 61 Livehouse and tomorrow in Beijing.

On Saturday, a little music festival will be held at Yuyintang. It is a farewell party for the Dudettes. Fifteen live acts and four DJs will join them in a 13-hour adventure for a proper send-off.

It seems all good things must come to an end, and that time has come for the Dudettes, the famous band featured in party pop music.

It all began with a bang two years ago at the Midi Festival. It has been a wild run tearing through the usual Shanghai haunts and a few unsuspecting other cities along the way.

The bands in the upcoming party include Pairs, the Beat Bandits, Upnavala Groove, the Instigation, Hotter than Teppanyaki, Boys Climbing Ropes, Thruoutin and Low Bow.

Since the party is sponsored by Asahi beer, the first 200 guests will get a free bottle of beer.

Inner Mongolian Party

Time: June 30, 9pm

Venue: Anar (129 Xingfu Rd)

Price: Donation

Proximity Butterfly

Time: July 1, 9pm

Venue: Yuyintang (851 Kaixuan Rd, near Yan'an Rd W.) Tickets: 50 yuan/US$7.7 (at door), 40 yuan (students)

Farewell to the Dudettes

Time: July 2, 3pm

Venue: Yuyintang (851 Kaixuan Rd, near Yan'an Rd W.) Tickets: 30 yuan


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