Friday, July 29, 2011

Singing the Beijing Blues

A Beijing bar is hosting a three-day Blues festival starting Friday night featuring a dozen bands and soloists from around the world.

Cafe CD Blues, on the Third Ring Road near the Agricultural Exhibition Center, and at its previous location a few blocks further south, has been home to the city's alternative music scene since the 1980s.

It has been owned for nearly two years year by veteran R&B singer and bass player "Big" John Zhang Ling.

Playing tonight from 7pm are Chinese band Little Inn, the USA's Peter Muchinson Band, Bobo Stump from Japan, Matt Cooper (featuring Swiss Werner Fischer on guitar) and Defy, a Chinese rockabilly group. The night finishes at 1 am.