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Last show tonight at Mao Livehouse

SHANGHAI'S live music venues are getting ready to put on lively shows during the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities.

Although 021 Bar closed last month because of the expired lease, Mao Livehouse will move and expand, Yuyintang is undergoing renovation and Melting Pot remains the same.

One of the most influential venues for indie music, Mao Livehouse will stage its last performance in the Huaihai Road venue tonight before moving to 308 Chongqing Road near Jianguo Road M. It will remain open through Monday, the end of the month.

The grand reopening of the Mao Livehouse is expected sometime in March.

Another important live house, Yuyintang, has been undergoing renovation and will reopen with a concert on February 14, the Valentine's Day, followed by a series of live shows.

At the Melting Pot on Taikang Road, Wang Hao will continue his show every Wednesday and Saturday.

Mao Livehouse

Tonight's concert at Mao will feature the gritty and funny rock and folk band, Top Floor Circus, sometimes called Shanghai's "dirty underpants."

Also in the lineup: the easygoing upbeat band Little Nature, plus Boys Climbing Ropes, Chaos Mind, Pink Berry, Da Bei (Great Sorrow) and one of Shanghai's few girl bands, Momo.

The 10-year-old Top Floor Circus sings about everyday life in Shanghai, often in local dialect. The five-man band will perform old favorites and also songs from the new album, "13 Shanghai Classic Pop Rock Hits."

The three-man band Little Nature, considered an up-and-coming group, plays pop and punk. They like "the simplest and happiest things" and plan to get back to basics in tonight's concert.

They will play favorites such as "Sorry, I Love You," "Colorful," "Meeting You," "My Father" and "Different World."

The four-girl band Momo has been together for six years and is one of the city's oldest female bands. They will perform cute, upbeat favorites such as "Little Monster," "Sunny Dolls," "My Momo" and "Don't Tell Mom and Dad That I Broke Up."

Mao Livehouse has been the venue for many important local indie bands and touring bands make it a crucial stop on their China tour. Mao has recently collaborated with the music company Bad News form Japan and the local company Soma to strengthen its position in the local music scene.

"It is our grand and ultimate goal to support Chinese band culture," says Li Dalong, owner of Mao Livehouse.

Mao is moving to make way for urban construction. The new venue will be the same size, accommodating around 1,000 people, but it will have two stages, one large and the other small.

The main stage will be larger than the current one and more comfortable for performers. "The original style of the live house will be maintained, featuring fusion and freedom," says Li.

The smaller stage in the bar area will be designed like a salon for professional musicians. Other art events, beside music, will also be held there.


This live house on Kaixuan Road is undergoing the first renovation since it moved from its first location on Longcao Road in late 2007.

"We hope to bring a new face to our audience," says owner Zhang Haisheng.

The Valentine's Day concert will feature the famous folk rock band Yu Guo (Fruits with Feathers).

On February 18, the Lantern Festival (last day of the Lunar New Year celebration), a rock concert by local bands by Little Nature, Monkey Shine and Candy Shop will be presented.

"For bands like us, live houses like Mao and Yuyintang provide important opportunities to improve our musical skills, stage experience and understanding of music," says vocalist Zhao Qintao with Little Nature.

Melting Pot

At the Taikang Road fixture, also known as Bar 288, noted local rocker Wang Hao and his friends will stage as usual to celebrate throughout the Spring Festival holiday.

Wang has just completed a seven-concert tour over two weeks, titled "Play With Music," at the Lyceum theater.

He has been a resident bar singer for more than 17 years and finally realized his concert dream. His return as Melting Pot regular is highly anticipated.

? Mao's last show

Date: Today, 8pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Rd W.

Admission: 50 yuan

? Yuguo Valentine Day Concert

Date: February 14, 9pm

Venue: Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Rd

Admission: 50 yuan

? Wang Hao live show

Date: Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10pm

Venue: Melting Pot, 288 Taikang Rd

Admission: Free


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