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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

Imagine Dragons bounce into Shanghai this week
A Drake mixtape-featuring rapper, a local jazz/electronic album release, and the guys who do 'Radioactive' are all on the live music menu this week in Shanghai. Read on for all of our gig highlights for the coming days and remember that you can find even more live music shows in Shanghai right here.

Daily until Sunday 21

Ulysses Owens Jr Quartet with Alicia Olatuja

Critics' pick

Another quality jazz combo at Shanghai's Lincoln Centre outpost as a singer once praised as possessing 'a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage' by the New York Times joins a multi-Grammy Award winning percussionist and his quartet.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai , 4/F, 139 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu( 南京东路139号4楼, 近江西中路) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 16-21 Jan Buy tickets

Friday 19

Ttechmak Album Release Party

Critics' pick

Australian-born trumpeter Toby Mak's electronic-meets-jazz project returns with a new record featuring a who's who of Shanghai jazz, plus artists from the electronic side of things such as DJ Wordy. Appearing on the night alongside Mr Mak will be Lawrence Ku, Nicholas McBride, Alec Haavik, Damien Banzigou, Byron Hill and VJ Pandalee

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JZ Club , 158 Julu Lu 19 Jan Buy tickets

Saturday 20


Critics' pick

Coco Zhao's golden age jazz alter-ego Cocolicious takes to the stage at Heyday for a night of sultry vintage jazz tunes. His appearances as the swinging '20s/'30s femme fatale tend to sell out quickly, so book early for this one.

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Heyday , 50 Taian Lu 20 Jan

Jimmy Prime

Toronto rapper Jimmy Prime – aka JimmyFromThe6 and supposedly the man who coined 'The 6' as a term – is perhaps best known to date for his work on Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late mixtape. His mix of hazy vocals and pinpoint raps is building him a following in his own right however

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 20 Jan

Shunza & Red Groove Project

Golden Melody Award-winning Chinese American singer Shunza is known for a penchant for ballads, such as arguably her most famous song 'Hui Jia'. Here, she's joined by the Red Groove Project, a collection of Shanghai-based musicians including Alec Haavik, Lawrence Ku and Nicholas McBride who'll inject a little live funk into proceedings.

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Shanghai Majestic Theatre , 66 Jiangning Lu 20 Jan Buy tickets

Wasted Laika

Beijing punks Wasted Laika bring their uproarious art-rock to Harley's for a free show backed by Shanghai-based acts Never Passenger ('rock-inspired dreamy anthems') and Galēən (acoustic prog-rock).

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Harley's Underground , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 20 Jan Free

Sunday 21


Japanese hip hop producer Nomak, known for his melodious, jazz-based approach, returns to Shanghai for a live show.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 21 Jan

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John Legend

Critics' pick

Renowned RnB man brings his Darkness and Light tour to Shanghai

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu (世博大道1200号, 近上南路) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 08 Mar Buy tickets

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