By Shawn Despres
Hongdae bar Guitar Men & Hippie Girls will be closing up shop at the end of this month. Wanting to end things on a high note, the intimate venue will be hosting three goodbye gigs this weekend.
Tonight (August 26), Starry-Eyed, Humpbacks, and Romantica will perform. Romantica is a new instrumental rock act that features former members of Oriental Lucy. Bellydancer Eshe will be joining the band for a pair of cuts. Doors open at 9 pm and the cover charge is 5,000 won with one free drink.
Saturday night will feature 3rd Line Butterfly and an acoustic set from Apollo 18. Doors open at 8 pm and the cover charge is 5,000 won with one free drink. Apollo 18 held an unplugged concert at Guitar Men & Hippie Girls back in March just prior to departing for their USA tour. Below is a clip from that night of the group doing a playful version of “High Stepper” with Dong Hoon from National Pigeon Unity serving as guest vocalist.
Guitar Men & Hippie Girls’ farewell bash will finish on Sunday with a dub and ska party. Kingston Rudieska vocalist Suk Yuel, Re-ska’s Hong Gi, and Woodakahi (ex-Funkafric & BoostDah) will all take turns spinning tunes. Doors will open at 7 and there’s no cover charge.
Directions to Guitar Men & Hippie Girls: From Hongik Station go out exit 8 and turn right. Walk up the street and turn left at the convenience store on the corner. Stay on the right hand side of the street (you’ll pass a bunch of BBQ restaurants) and turn right at the first proper road (not one of the small alleyways). Walk up the left side of the road. Guitar Men & Hippie Girls is about half-way up the street (across from Beetlejuice, on the same side as Club Bbang and Gopchangjeongol). For more info, call 010-2088-4642 (Korean and English).