The Bitan Music Festival was a series of free concerts held on the bank of the Xindian River in Bitan. The festival began on 10 January with performances every weekend. I only attended a few days of musical performances, but I saw some fantastic performances.
Yerboli Ahmethan (葉爾波利) is a Kazakh musician from Xinjiang, China. He plays a two-stringed instrument called a dombra. David Chen wrote a great article about Yerboli in the Taipei Times. He played on 7 & 8 March.
Dana Wylie Band, with Dana and Jez, supported Yerboli on 7 March.
On 15 March I caught the final set of Thai band Blue Sky featuring MJ Klein on guitar. They will be playing a show for the Thai New Year (Songkran) at the Taoyuan Stadium on 12 April.
David Chen & the Muddy Basin Ramblers played the finale of the festival on Sunday 29 March. Although it was a rainy afternoon quite a crowd gathered to hear them play. The band are no strangers to Bitan as they sometimes use the riverside as a rehearsal venue. They played a lively set that extended over two hours.
*More photos in the Bitan Music Festival set at flickr.