Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Laowo Music Festival
Throughout this weekend Laowo Bar will host a three-day music festival featuring more than 20 bands and DJs. Music starts at 3:30 pm daily and entry is 30 yuan at the door. For more information about who will be playing which days, check out this post. In addition to offering a great opportunity to sample the Yunnan music scene for a reasonable cover charge, there will also be a small flea market.
Friday: Latin night at Cacao Mexican Restaurant
Friday night is Latin night at Cacao Mexican Restaurant with live music and all margarita flavors – mango, lemon, orange, grape, melon and cherry – on special for 25 yuan/glass.
Friday: Ladies night at Shelter Bar
Friday night is Ladies night at Shelter Bar, with all ladies receiving a complimentary gin and tonic upon their arrival beginning at 9. Music for the free party will be provided by DJs Fat Cat and Lai Ke.
Friday: Temple of the Nomad at The Mask
The Mask will host traveling musicians Jack & Ed Friday night for their show "Temple of the Nomad". The flute/guitar duo's CD will be on sale – buy one and get a free drink. The free show starts at 10.
Saturday: International night at Cacao
Saturday night is International night at Cacao Mexican Restaurant, with live music plus Cuba libres, gin and tonics and vodka tonics on special for 20 yuan.
Saturday: Folk music at TCG Nordica
TCG Nordica will host a night of late summer folk music Saturday night beginning at 8. Tickets are 30 yuan and can be bought in advance at Wheatfield Bookstore or Sanlou Bar.
Saturday: Welcome back party at Moondog
Moondog will celebrate the return of holidaygoers and the arrival of new Kunmingers with a party Saturday night. Joost will provide live tunes beginning at 9 and everyone gets a free shot of baijiu. Free entry.
Saturday: Hiphop party at Shelter Bar
Shelter Bar will hold a hiphop party Saturday night featuring live performances by local B-boys and B-girls. The dance floor will be cleared out and hiphop will play until late. The free party begins at 9.
Saturday: John Nevada unplugged and DJ tryouts at The Mask
Senior statesman of the Kunming rock scene John Nevada will play an all-acoustic set beginning at 9:30 at The Mask followed by The Mask DJ tryouts in which the bar's sound system will be at the disposal of any aspiring DJs who think they have what it takes to keep the night going. Each DJ gets 30 minutes to prove their mettle. Entry is free.
Saturday: Live reggae and DJ at Camel Bar
Seraima & Lao Han will play reggae and minority music at Camel Bar Saturday night beginning at 10:30, with DD DJ afterward. Entry is free.
Sunday: Michael Jackson party at Shelter Bar
This Monday would have been the late King of Pop's 53rd birthday, and Shelter Bar will be ringing in said occasion with nonstop Michael Jackson hits, white gloves, an MJ impersonator and lots of dancing. The free party starts at 9.
Sunday: Jack & Ed at Summer Lotus
Jack & Ed will take the stage at 9 at Summer Lotus on Wenlin Jie Sunday night, covering a range of musical influences from Arabic to Celtic to Indian. No charge at the door, but attendees are required to spend at least 30 yuan.