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By Shawn Despres
Last month Mark wrote a post about bellydancer Eshe gracing the cover of May’s Groove Korea and starting her own bellydance studio in Hongdae. This weekend Eshe is holding a two-day party at Hodge Podge in Hongdae to celebrate the opening of her Dream Dance Studio.
Eshe and her student troupes Navah and Mahadevi will perform on Friday (June 17) and Saturday (June 18). Both bashes will see the stunning sirens sharing completely different dance routines and tunes.
Each night will include some very cool special guest performers as well. Friday will have urban freestyle dancer Thomaz C and live percussion from former Orgeltanz djembe player Gwangil Bae. Starry-Eyed, 9 and the Numbers, and Sunkyeol drummer Duck will do a DJ set. Kingston Rudieska vocalist Sukyuel will DJ, too. Duck is currently recording with indie rock bands Starry-Eyed and Sunkyeol and he’ll play at July’s Rainbow Festival with 9 and the Numbers. Ska act Kingston Rudieska are also scheduled to appear at Rainbow Festival and they’ll play at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival and the Busan International Rock Festival this summer.
The lineup for Saturday is equally strong. Gwangil Bae will be jamming with bouzouki player Yannis. Aly Kate Mewse will bellydance. J-Path, DJ Jun, and Apollo 18 bassist Jellyboy will all take turns spinning tracks. J-Path has opened for the likes of Goldie and Roni Size and has performed at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, the World DJ Festival, and Global Gathering. DJ Jun has appeared at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, and the World DJ Festival, too. Post-hardcore act Apollo 18 will release a new album this July through highly regarded Tokyo indie label Zankyo Record. Next month they’ll also play at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival and Japan’s famed Fuji Rock Festival.
Tickets for each night are 10,000 won with one free drink. Friday’s show begins at 8:45 pm and things get started at 7:45 pm on Saturday.
Hodge Podge is located on the same street at FF and Club Ta. The closest subway station is Sangsu Station. Go out exit 1 and walk towards Hongik University. Turn left at 7-11. Hodge Podge is in the first building on the right. It’s on the third floor, above Club Evans.