By Colin Jun
Last Saturday, students from the Live Music Club performed the annual acoustic music concert “Unplugged.” Live Music Club was created with the goal of bringing good music, good food, and a good groove to Shanghai American School Pudong. The club has already hosted several music concerts, including Hardcore Parkour Concert in April and Cafeteria Show during lunch at SAS.
“Unplugged” primarily features acoustic versions of songs. In other words, there are no electronic instruments used in “Unplugged.” The show invites SAS Pudong performers as well as other talented performers from international schools across Shanghai.
The concert provided a space for international students in Shanghai to enjoy a variety of music from different cultures. Jane and Inyoung, SAS PD students, opened the concert with the American pop songs “Attention” and “That’s What I Like.” Following the mood set by Jane and Inyoung, Irene and Sam performed “Lucky,” and Eli Plonka performed “Liability” and “Perfect.” These American pop song performances invited the audience into the world of live music.
The concert introduced SAS PD students to music they may not have experienced before. Neal Lim performed a Japanese song “Yumekui Shoujo ( 沙上の夢喰い少女 )” by Yonezu Kenshi, a famous Japanese solo singer. Prego and Josh performed a Korean Song “Love Letter (러브레터).” Both songs were performed in their original languages.
Although many students couldn’t understand the lyrics, the performance provided an indirect experience to Korean and Japanese culture and their branches of music. The concert revealed how passionate the musicians at SAS PD and other international schools are.
The artistic passion of Xiaokun Dong, the leader of Live Music Club, was particularly noteworthy. He accompanied most of the performances; successfully collaborating with other school students with a short preparation time while also performing his song in the concert. Reflecting his passion (and of course, the passion of every member of the club), Live Music Club successfully hosted their annual “Unplugged 2017” concert.
For more information about Live Music Club, their musical passion and their future concerts, you can visit their Facebook page:
For the lineup of “Unplugged 2017,” check