While the nights still scream the dead of winter, the afternoons are slowly beginning to shake off the long, overdue frost. Spring feels like it’s just around the corner in Kochi.
The weekend of March 6-7 has the perfect answer to the contrasting days and nights of early Spring–watch plenty of live outdoor music Saturday afternoon, disco dance the cold right out of the night air at Dahlia, followed by more outdoor music Sunday afternoon.
La La La Music Festival 2011
This outdoor music festival (ラ・ラ・ラ春まつり) is generally held in the fall, but this year they are also having an event in the spring in association with the Tosa Okyaku events (土佐のおきゃく2011).
The main stage will be in Central Park, with satellite stages in Obiyamachi Park and at Ohashidori. There will be an opening ceremony followed by a wide variety of local bands–a true mish-mash of sounds. On Saturday evening, a professional group called Urufuru Keisuke and blues/jazz performer, Rikuo, will headline the event.
I’ve listed the times down below, but there is not really an artist list as far as I can tell. Your best bet is to head down to Central Park where you can get some classic festival food from a yatai, and see what’s going on at the main stage. If nothing there suits you, then walk down the cobble stone street to Obiyamachi Park, or further down to Ohashidori to see what’s going on there. I would then head back to Central Park for the main events in the evening.
After dancing the night away at the event below, be sure to head back to the park to check out the second day of festivities.
This festival is a lot of fun and a great way to support local artists!
Sat. March 5 Central Park
11：00 – 16：30 ラ・ラ・ラ春まつり
18：00～19：00 Guest Performances ゲストステージ【ウルフルケイスケ＆リクオ】
Central Park 11：00 – 19：00
Obiyamachi Park、Ohashidori 11：00～17：00
Saturday Night Fever at Dahlia
Dahlia is a fairly new club venue located across from the popular destination determiner, Louis Vuitton. It is a huge space that seems to accentuate more of an East Asian club style (at least for me–black lights at the bar creating glowing drinks, etc.). More importantly, there is an enormous dance floor. It was made in a building that used to be a department store, so there are even left over dressing rooms for those more ‘serious’ conversations.
After you’ve been outside enjoying the sunlight, this should be a good event to hit up once that sunlight fades beyond the horizon. Saturday Night Fever should offer a perfect get away from the cold night air and reality as cheesy 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s tunes fill the air. Forget how cool you think you are! Go dance the night away and imagine you are living a different time! Don’t think there’s a dress code, but could be fun to theme dress…
Dahlia is open most nights, and usually doesn’t have a cover. Some of the DJ’s I’ve heard there have been really solid–usually on the trancy side of things.
Details for Saturday Night Fever
March 5 ,2011
20：00 – 2：00
Soul, Funk, Euro, High Energy, Songs nostalgic of the 70′s-90′s, plus a Show Time (not sure what this is)
1,500円 pre-sale、2,000円 on the day
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