The premiere cake-throwing DJ in the world, Steve Aoki, is finally coming to Vietnam on Dec. 5, and he’s bringing the antics. The floor at the American Club will be crowded well before Aoki’s headlining set — with DJs KimKat, Slim V and Viet Eks, choreographer Tri Minh, Ho Chi Minh City visual experimentalist Crazy Monkey and psychedelic performance artist Khanh Dau creating a festival atmosphere.
The promoters, Southeast, are continuing their gigs nine days later with Autoerotique, indie-edged house DJs, who are also on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. Their show at the Hanoi Cinematheque on Dec. 14 will be free to all holders of a Steve Aoki ticket stub, or as the rest of Hanoi will call you, “ballers”.
Steve Aoki will be in Hanoi on Thursday Dec. 5, 6.30pm at the American Club, 21 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem. Tickets are VND960,000, and are available by calling 0935 093388 or by visiting southeast.vn. The Dec. 14 Autoerotique show at 22A Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem will be free to all holders of an Aoki ticket stub
“When it comes to foot-to-the-floor ballsy rock-and-roll, no one does it better than Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,” observes UK music webzine Drowned in Sound. The the latest major coup from promoters Saigon Sound System and Loud Minority, the Californian folk-revival garage rockers are coming to Q4 on Dec. 6. The veteran musos have been playing decadent live shows on top of solid fundamentals, which have been compared with Brian Jonestown Massacre, Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain. Here they’ll play with October’s funky headliners from Brazil via Macau, Turtle Giant.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is playing at Q4, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4 on Dec. 6. Tickets are VND350,000 in advance from ticketbox.com, Asian Kitchen at 185/22 Pham Ngu Lao, Q1 or McSorley’s at 4 Thao Dien, Q2. Entrance is VND200,000 for students
Jazzing Up Lush
Lush Nightclub is set to host DJ Jazzy Jeff — an icon of 1990s hip hop whose partnership with Will Smith gained massive critical acclaim — on Dec. 19. A force to be reckoned with, DJ Jazzy Jeff gained a massive following through his solo projects, collaborations, mix tapes and live shows. He’s set to be one of Lush’s biggest events and a blast from the past for Saigonites. With support from Budweiser, get your dance on to your favourite beats from the pre-millennial airwaves.
DJ Jazzy Jeff comes to Lush, 2 Ly Tu Trong, Q1, on Thursday Dec. 19 from 9pm until late. Tickets are VND250,000 at the door, but get yours early for a discounted pre-sale price of VND150,000
Poussières de Vie is taking advantage of your giving spirit this time of the year to invite you to their annual Kermesse celebrations on Dec. 8 at the Saigon Zoo — where last year 15,000 people showed up in the name of charity and a good time. This year, the families will again come out for the live music, dance, magic shows, games for all ages, zebra teasing, delicious food, climbing walls, art exhibitions and more. Like all Kermesse celebrations, this is a community event — all of the proceeds of which benefit the less fortunate parts of our community, through schooling, vocational training and personal development.
Poussières de Vie Kermesse 2013 takes place on Dec. 8 from 9am to 4pm at the Saigon Zoo, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Q1. For more info, go to poussieresdevie.org
Although the tickets were supposed to be sold by Nov. 30, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any left for the arrival of French legend, Johnny Hallyday. Playing at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi on Sunday Dec. 15 and then The Equatorial in Saigon on Tuesday Dec. 17, Hallyday is France’s best-known rock-and-roll singer. Compared to Elvis Presley, he is an icon of the French-speaking world and at 70 can still turn on the razzmatazz. Even better, all proceeds from the two shows will go to charity.