Dzian! (a little too late) / Borrowed Beams (also late)

February 20th, 2010 · 4 Comments · By

So I totally meant to blog about this, but then got ambushed by hectic work crap and completely forgot about it. (Apparently my four other Nailgun co-contributors felt similarly, so the result is that we never told you about this show before it happened. Sorry folks!)

Anyway, the band Dzian!, a local surf-rock band with international influences, played a show at — believe it or not — Fashion Square Mall earlier this afternoon, along with a Dance troupe (whom, I understand, are a variety of women recruited from excellent local restaurants doing Taiwanese Burlesque (?!)), in an event presented by the Chinese student association, to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. I haven’t seen them with the dancers, but Dzian! are a really fun band; I know most-if-not-all of them from their far artier / more academic musical pursuits, but it’s really fun to see them get together and have fun and play goofy surf-rock songs in a variety of languages and on a variety of instruments. I can’t even imagine what seeing them in Fashion Sqaure might have been like… anybody got a review? some anecdotes? amusing photos or video? I’m stuck at work at the moment, but I sure would have like to have been there or at least helped promote it beforehand if I had remembered it earlier (i.e. if I wasn’t a big jerk).

UPDATE: just remembered another thing I forgot which was happening this afternoon: Borrowed Beams of Light were live-in-the-studio guests on WTJU’s “Garage Sale” this afternoon. Borrowed Beams is the solo project of Invisible Hand / Nice Jenkins drummer Adam Brock… he’s had an EP out under that name for a year now (much beloved by WTJU DJs), but has only played a show or two in that form thus far… there’s another one coming up soon, which will also feature the Extraordinaires AND a farewell performance by the Raquellos, so you can all start getting excited about that one… (I’ll put the date on the sidebar calendar when I know it.)

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 (the other) Sarah // Feb 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    It was so utterly surreal and fantastic! By the time we got there, it seemed like maybe we’d missed most of the other performers unfortunately (dragon dance!) but we still caught a couple flautists and some long-sleeved dancers who were all amazing. There were also little booths set up with calligraphy and origami, plus a tea tasting, and the turnout was impressive, with lots of charming little kids (the clear favorite being the little boy dressed up in a power rangers costume with a pharaoh headdress and red cowboy boots). Dzian! and their dancers performed a great set and the crowd seemed to like it a lot. [As a side note, it was quite strange to be in Fashion Square again after all these years – there’s a moonbounce store (!!!) of sorts that you can apparently just go play in or rent out for parties (ahem… someone… pleeeeeeease).]

  • 2 Patrick A. Reed // Feb 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Whoa. That sounds AMAZING.

  • 3 wendy // Feb 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I think this picture sums all much of the fun we had at the Fashion Square Mall yesterday : )

  • 4 Jesse Raquello // Feb 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I’m sorry to have missed Dzian! Looks like it was awesome.

    W/r/t the update about Borrowed Beams and Raquellos–thanks very much for mentioning us. However, speaking for the Raquellos, we are planning a final farewell show for sometime in late April. So while Extraordinaires/Borrowed Beams/Raquellos might very well be the best rock and roll show ever, it won’t be the last you’ll hear of us.