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'Kimchibilly' rock and rollers to stage

WHAT do you get when you mix Korean ethnic vibe, Seoul pop, 1950s rock and roll and American hillbilly country?

Simple: it's kimchibilly, And The RockTigers, a five-piece South Korean band, will perform kimchibilly at its best next weekend (April 14 and 15) at O'Malley's and Mao Livehouse.

The band formed in 2001 and has toured Japan and the United States. It recently released albums in English, Korean and Japanese. Lead singer Velvet Geena sings and records her songs in her native Korean, as well as English and Japanese.

The RockTigers perform at O'Malley's on Saturday in the opening of Rock-a-Bop Carnival, a series of rock and roll performances.

"It's a big festival and the first in the town all around rockabilly, which is very exciting," says DJ B.O. (Brian Offenther), who is based in Shanghai and was one of the directors of the now-concluded Trash A Go-Go series. He will stage with the band as a supporting performer.

There will be food, bands and vendors. Hundreds of people are expected to attend.

On Sunday, The RockTigers will support Five Dollar Shake ($5hake), Shanghai's original garage rock series, at Mao Livehouse. The concert marks the return of $5hake, featuring Banana Monkey, Boys Climbing Ropes and Battle Cattle, plus The RockTigers.

Five Dollar Shake got started in 2006 as a vehicle for local legends Banana Monkey, Shanghai's first garage rock band.

Lead guitarist Misuzu was a founder of Trash A Go-Go, the garage rock series that succeeded $5hake.

Featuring vocalist Little Punk, who is also on keyboard, and guitarist and vocalist Jordan Small, the band Boys Climbing Ropes has played rousing music at festivals around China and has toured the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Young dance punk band Battle Cattle is in the style of The Jam and Gang of Four. They formed last year.

? Rock-a-Bop Carnival

Date: April 14, noon to late

Venue: O'Malley's, 42 Taojiang Rd (near Wulumuqi Rd)

Tickets: 50 yuan

? $5hake

Date: April 15, 8:30pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse, 308 Chongqing Rd S.

Tickets: 60 yuan


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