Monday, April 20, 2015

Rooftop Concert Series

It started with my 40th birthday party.  The hubby planned a truly magnificent celebration up on our roof complete with an amazing band, The Bollands, and many other birthday surprises.

The night was one of the best I've had.  Great friends came to share the evening, the weather was perfect and the entertainment was well, entertaining! I couldn't have asked for a better beginning to my 40th year.  I feel like such a lucky girl.

Live music has always been something that the hubby and I enjoy.  In college, our relationship started at the only bar in town which featured live music, The Hangar.  In fact, the night we finally started dating (after meeting at a house party months earlier and missing each other at various bars in town), my favorite hangout was hosting a live recording of the local ska band The Jungle Dogs.  It was an audience participation kind of night and well, let's say the hubby played this to his advantage and sang me a little tune.

Flash forward twenty odd years and he's still the life of the party as he was at the house party where I met him and we're hosting what we've coined the Rooftop Concerts Series parties at our house here in Hong Kong.  We invited The Bollands back for one last party before their big farewell to Hong Kong back in February.  They're currently on a tour of the US.

The really great thing about hosting them was not only the amazing music we were privileged to hear in such an intimate setting, but also the good times we had with Joyce and Christian Bolland.  They became good friends.  We were a bit nervous about what acts we might invite to follow because we'd had such fun with the first band and they'd left some big shoes to fill.

Enter the Head Clowns.  We'd met them about a year ago when they performed at a post Art Basel party.  Having seen them on a few other occasions we knew that they'd be a good fit for our venue and a completely unique sound, too.

We were thrilled when Zoe and Jo Von Hess agreed to perform and even more thrilled when they, too, hung out with us for another ripping rooftop party.

We've loved all these performances so much that we think we're onto something.  Our venue is an interesting one for small local bands and a great opportunity to hear music in a location separate from a pub or on stage.  It allows people to really interact with the talented musicians in a more meaningful way and mostly it supports local talent.  I love that part the most.  (Not to mention the fun I have in event planning and suggesting style inspiration to fit the performance.  For the Head Clowns, we went with a sort of nomadic, gypsy, Morrocan, traveller theme, is that a thing?)

The Rooftop Concert Series season is special because it can really only be enjoyed in the cooler months Hong Kong has, free from humidity, typhoons and and amber, red and black rainstorms.  We're already planning some fun things for next season, which we're hoping will start sometime in October, weather willing.

To see some of the fun we've had at these first few concerts, hop over to my Instagram (@imanorbyah) and search #nolascosroof.

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