Indian summer Central club Dragon-i will be swaying to the sultry sounds of salsa this Saturday as Puerto Rican diva La India drops by to perform live. The 37-year-old singer, who was christened 'the Princess of Salsa' by Latin performers Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, is known for the powerful, soulful vocals that have won her respect in Latin music circles and beyond. La India (below), whose real name is Linda Viera Caballero, may be known to house fans from her collaborations with Masters at Work. However, it's her solo work that has been most lauded, garnering La India three Grammy Award nominations. The show is scheduled to start at 11.45pm, and entry is HK$250 on the door. Unplugged and undiscovered Tom Lee Music is giving amateur bands a chance to get on stage and get noticed during the next two months, courtesy of the chain's eighth annual SoundBase Festival Acoustic Band Competition. The event, which was won last year by Narrow Road, aims to foster local acoustic talent and is open to anyone who doesn't need to be plugged in to rock out. The preliminary heats will be held on Saturday, August 4, at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre, with the final taking place at the same venue on the evening of September 14. There's no entry fee for acts wanting to take part, and enrolments are through the Tom Lee Music website (tomleemusic.com). The deadline for entries is this Sunday, so budding acoustic superstars should put down the plectrum and sign up this weekend. Mixing it up DJ Steve Aoki, aka Kid Millionaire, brings a heady dose of musical diversity to Central hotspot Volar on Friday, July 27. The Los Angeles-based DJ and head honcho of respected indie label Dim Mak (home to, among others, Bloc Party, the Rakes, Moving Units and the Kills) will be spinning a mixture of indie, hip hop, hipster rock and pretty much anything else he feels like. Aoki's weekly residencies in the US - including those at LA's Cinespace and LAX, and Marquee in New York - are known for showcasing the hottest up-and-coming bands, with the likes of the Bravery, Jimmy Eat World and Lady Sovereign among those who performed before they hit the big time. Offering support will be resident DJs Anthony, Morett's, Yeodie and Daryll. Entry is free for members, and HK$200 for non-members (includes one drink). For reservations and guest list, e-mail email@example.com or call 2810 1276.