Mixing bellydance with some of the coolest live music Seoul has to offer, the Shake Shop concert series is co-presented each month by Dream Dance Studio and Korea Gig Guide. This Friday night (July 19) marks the six-month anniversary of the event and will see Eshe and the bellydance troupe Navah shimmying and shaking at Hongdae’s Club Freebird while Yamagata Tweakster, Summit Beatbox, and Sato Yukie play.
A one-man party machine, Yamagata Tweakster’s very cool disco-infused electro-pop is nearly impossible not to dance along to. During performances, Yamagata Tweakster usually does a whole lot of grooving and audience members are encouraged to do the same. Adding a bunch of beautiful bellydancers to the mix should increase this tenfold and make Friday night’s gig even more of a blowout.
Yamagata Tweakster shares why he wanted to be a part of July’s Shake Shop.
“Eshe asked me about playing a show together and I checked out her videos online,” he says. “I thought it would be very interesting to perform together. I think my music mixed with bellydancers will be very unusual. This is what attracted me to the idea.”
Yamagata Tweakster recently completed a Japanese tour, his second of the year. He says the trek was a bit challenging because he was battling sickness. But things improved as the concerts progressed. Here’s a live clip of an awesome street show Yamagata Tweakster did in Shimokitazawa back in January during his first round of live dates in Japan.
I first saw Summit Beatbox perform last fall, and he was fantastic which is why I listed him in my 10 favourite performances of 2012. He started off this year by being crowned the champion at the EXP 2013 Korea Beatboxer Grand Match.
Summit Beatbox shares why he wanted to be a part of Shake Shop Vol. 6 and how he plans to adapt his style to better complement the bellydancing.
“I really like collaborations because I like being able to experience other genres,” he says. “Beatboxing is not traditional bellydance music so I’m going to try to mix in other styles of music like dubstep, house, and hip-hop while the girls dance.”
Eshe and Sato Yukie have done gigs together throughout the country. So signing on to do Shake Shop was an easy decision for him.
“I’m always happy to work with Eshe because she loves my music,” says Sato. “And, of course, I always enjoy collaborating with other artists.”
Sato is a cornerstone of the city’s folk, psychedelic, and experimental scenes and no matter what style of music he’s playing always puts on shows that are wonderfully eccentric and highly entertaining. He will be focusing on his rock and folk music at Shake Shop. Like the other performers on the bill, his songs are not the usual fare that people would expect to hear at a bellydance show. But when asked why he thinks it will still work well, he gives an answer that is simple but incredibly true.
“That’s the magic of music.”
The Shake Shop Vol. 6 takes place on Friday, July 19 at Club Freebird. The show starts at 11:00 pm and the cover charge is 10,000 won with one free drink. Eshe and Navah will perform alongside Sato Yukie, Summit Beatbox, and Yamagata Tweakster. For more information about The Shake Shop Vol. 6, check out the show’s Facebook event page here. Set times for The Shake Shop Vol. 6 are as follows:
11:00 Sato Yukie
11:45 Summit Beatbox
12:15 Summit Beatbox
12:30 Yamagata Tweakster