The Korean rock scene of the 1960s and ’70s was just incredible, bursting with creativity and great music. Which is why I am so excited about the 360 Stadium show this Friday at Club Mansion in Hongdae — it features one of the great performers from that era in Kim Myung-gil, one of the great retro bands of today in Funkafric & BoostDah, and one of Korea’s best deejays (and unofficial archivist of that era) in DJ Soulscape.
Kim Myung-gil was the lead singer of the Devils, one of the biggest rock bands in Korea in the 1970s. The Devils, like so many bands back then, started playing for the US 8th Army, before moving on to the Myeongdong club scene and mainstream success. After the big crackdown of 1975 that saw most performers blackballed or transitioning into trot, the Devils were one of the last rock bands to hold out.
DJ Soulscape’s love of classic rock and soul music from Korea’s past is well documented, thanks in part to his brilliant tribute to the era, More Sound of Seoul (which I talked about a bit here). I thought I had managed to hunt down a lot of Korean music from the ’60s and ’70s, but I doubt I have 1 percent the collection of Soulscape. He really is doing some special work documenting and reintroducing so much great music.
Funkafric & BoostDah are one of my favorite groups in Korea. They really have that Seventies vibe down, and they put on a great rocking show.
In addition to those great acts, the 360 Stadium show will feature performances by the Mimi Sisters (the sunglasses-clad duo who used to back Chang Kiha & Faces) and Seoul Electric Band, and later on a bunch of hiphop performers from 360 Sounds.
Tickets cost 35,000 won at the door, and the doors open at 8pm at Mansion in Hongdae. It really is a rare opportunity and it should be an amazing show.