By Trista di Genova
The China Post
Saturday night, Taipei has several hot live music offerings where you can dance all night with all the other freaks, and even a comedy show that will have you howling with laughter.
Public Radio are heading back to the depths of Roxy Vibe again.
“This time we are bringing two other bands,” says lead singer Moshe Foster. “There’s The Unrelentless — a raw, shocking, awesome rock n’ roll trio; and Coach, who you saw funk it up at The Wall; then there’s Taiwan’s own Dr. Funkenstiens; and us, Satan’s pick!” he laughed. “We’re also going to bring in the O’Brothaz Sound System, a DJ crew that plays Reggae and Dancehall music.”
The show is from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m., with a NT$400 cover.
“There’s not only going to be music, thrills, horror and excitement,” Moshe said, “but it’s also going to be (band member) Nathan’s last and final show with Public Radio, as he is moving back to the U.S. 5 days later.”
“This party is going to be quite unique in the sea of drowning raver-electronica that will be most Halloween bashes this year,” he said, adding that there will be a “terrifying costume contest at the stroke of midnight — NT$3000 to the 1st place ghouls!”
Roxy Vibe (99) address: B1, #218 JinShan S. Rd., Sect. 2
But that’s not the only Halloween party in Taipei with live entertainment. Sky Burial, billed as “The Hardest Rocking Band in Taiwan,” comes together for another spine-tingling gig at the Living Room at 10-12 p.m. (3F, #8 Nanjing E. Rd, Sect. 5; Cover: NT$300).
Sky Burial plays in your face, high-powered punk and blues from New York to Detroit.
“We combine tough originals with a few obscure classics, perfect for our Halloween party,” says Jimmy Vulture, lead singer. “And if you wear a costume to the party, Sky Burial says ‘WE DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY!!!’
Last but the best, find your Halloween elixir through laughter at Taiwan’s one and only Comedy Club of Taipei.
“You can go to a pub and get drunk, but we’re offering something different: an amazing lineup of 7 stand-up comedians, from the Great White North (a.k.a. Canada), America, Australia and New Zealand,” said show organizer and comic Kurt Penney. “The show is predominately in English, but of course as always, there will be some poorly spoken Chinese.”
Kurt urged comedy lovers to “Feel free to burn some money, literally not just figuratively.”
This live comedy show has the unusual suspects – Comics Mark Goding, Adrian Maidment, Chris Wong, Matt “The Puppet Guy” Bronsil and Kurt Penney, joined by two newcomers to the scene — Huanger and Trista di Genova (myself, who will be sharing with you, Dear Reader, excerpts from my new masterpiece, “Golden Pearls of Wisdom From The Pig’s Ass”).
Show starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover NT$350 with a drink. Reservations recommended since the last two shows were sold out: (02) 2369 3730; Address: B1, No. 24, Taishun St, Da-an district. More info available at www.comedy.com.tw.
If after all this madness, you still want more quality time with the creatures of the night, head to the free after-hour party at Bliss at 3 a.m., with Panafricana and O’Brothaz Sound System (Before 3 a.m. NT$200 cover. Address: No. 148, Sect. 4, Xinyi Rd.)