The beer hunters
By BRENDAN DELFINO
TEN of Hong Kong's top bands will be strutting their stuff at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium tomorrow night as they compete in the finals of the annual Carlsberg Pop Music Festival.
Competition is expected to be tough this weekend as the bands, whose styles range from soft-pop to hard-core thrash metal, strive to win a ticket to the international Music Quest 93 in Japan to represent the territory at the grand final. The action starts at 8pm.
Tonight: Legendary blues singer, Jimmy Witherspoon, will be at the Jazz Club until Sunday and again next Tuesday to Saturday, singing his soulful brand of blues, from 10pm; Soulfood at Wan Chai's new It restaurant is helped down with Motown and blues band Just Say Mo, kicking off at about 9.30, through to 2am. Those veteran hippies AWOL will be rockin' and rollin' at the Amoeba from 10pm so, wear your floral flares.
Reggae ragers Captain Mabullah are supplying tropical fun at The Wanch from 10pm; Dave Colquhoun will be at Mad Dogs Central for the ''Sol'' Promotion, unplugged rock and blues from 9pm; Rhythm and blues and new country with Andy Stewart at the Fringe Club, from 9.30pm.
Tomorrow: Double Whammie night at The Wanch with the Rattlesnakin' Daddies playing unplugged blues during happy hour at 7pm, followed by Splash It About and their classic covers at 10pm. They're back, the one and only Soul Commotion will be at Mad Dogs Central for an evening of soul and rhythm and blues from 10pm, free admission.
You can take in Allen Youngblood and his jazz piano from 8.45pm at the Fringe Club; DJ Mickey Smith's latest jazz gig is called Land Of The Hipster and can be heard at the Jazz Club tomorrow night and the first Saturday of every month. It all starts at 1am with happy hour drinks all night, admission $50. There's hard rock and heavy metal at the Amoeba with the Rock Gang from 10pm.
Monday: The Musical Mystery Tour at the Jazz Club from 9pm.
Wednesday: Music Of This Century with Shanghainese composer Zhao Xiao Sheng, from 6.30pm at the Fringe Club; Bambi and The Bambinos at The Wanch playing classic rock from 9pm; Jazz trio, Han Shan, at Amoeba; Dave Colquhoun and his ''Sol'' Promotion at Mad Dogs Central from 9pm.
Thursday: Radio Free Hong Kong at Westworld will feature the underground sounds of Siva, Scripture II, Minimal and the Shadowboxers, from 10pm, $30 at the door with happy hour drinks all night; Available Space at Joe Bananas from 9pm.
Organising a show? Please send information to Live Music, Features Desk, PO Box 47, or fax 8111048.
Plus: The Wanch's resident guitar man, Sultan Sammy, takes to the stage on Sunday through Wednesday from 9pm with his mix of rock, folk and country.
Soul Liberation - formerly known as Blue Wail - play their brand of soul, blues and rock every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hot Shot, in Kingston Street, Causeway Bay (opposite Vogue Alley). Look for the pink '53 rag-top Pontiac! Playing rhythm and blues is Music Lights at the Cyrano Bar, Island Shangri-La, from 9pm. Playing barfly favourites is Benjamin Jacinto at the Island Shangri-La Lobby Lounge from 7pm from Monday to Saturday. Edwin Gutierrez keeps the stool warm on Sunday.Helping diners digestion will be singer Remedios and Samson on keyboard performing popular tunes at the Island Shangri-La Lobster Bar from 7pm.