■ Shows run from 9:45pm to 12:30am
■ Entrance fee (includes two drinks) ranges from NT$600 to NT$850, depending on the performer
Guitar duo Blurrs Bros perform American songbook tunes tonight at Italian restaurant Capone’s. On Fridays, Taipei Swing holds dance socials with live music from electric blues band Bopomofo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ). On Saturday, drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta leads a band playing music from his hometown of New Orleans. Iris sings “romantic chansons” Sunday nights and on Wednesdays, it’s Latin music from guitarist Roberto Zayas.
■ 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號), tel: (02) 2773-3782
■ Live music from 9pm to 11:30pm on Fridays, 8pm to 11:30pm on Saturdays
■ On Fridays, minimum charge of one drink. On Saturdays, minimum charge is NT$300
On Saturday, Bobwundaye, a small neighborhood pub on Taipei’s Heping East Road (和平東路), hosts Japanese blues guitarist Shun Kikuta, formerly a member of blues legend Koko Taylor’s band. The venue holds an open mic every Wednesday.
■ 77, Heping E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號)
■ Shows start at 9:30pm
■ NT$300 on Saturday with a NT$50 drink discount
The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, hosts live music every Saturday. This week’s lineup is comprised of acoustic folk-rock performer John Lo (羅崇漢) and folk duo Weekendpie (周末派).
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Zuoying Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市左營區立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617. On the Net: visit mercurybar.blogspot.com
■ Starts at 9pm
■ Entrance is NT$250, which includes one drink
The Wall (這牆) programs regular live rock shows at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). Indie rock band Slimo (黏菌) celebrates the release of its latest EP tomorrow night with the 19th Port (十九號港口). Singer LaLa Hsu (徐佳瑩) performs Saturday. Sunday’s roster is Soft Lipa and Jabberloop.
■ 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號). On the Net: pier-2.khcc.gov.tw, www.thewall.com.tw
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Entrance tomorrow and Saturday is NT$500 and NT$800 on Sunday