Get ready for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus


The Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus is hitting Taichung and Taipei this Friday and Saturday. This is the third Circus, a semi-annual event, in Taiwan. It is set to continue the tradition of wild and entertaining shows.

The Circus is the brainchild of The Deadly Vibes, a garage rock trio based in Yilan. The band has been playing for four years. It formed after the members of The Daymakers decided to swap instruments. J.D. says The Deadly Vibes music “is from the heart.” They play good time rock ‘n’ roll party music and aim to entertain the crowd. The band has toured several countries in Asia and earlier this year toured six countries in Europe.

I spoke to J.D. of The Deadly Vibes about plans for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus. J.D. said, “There are a lot of festivals and shows in Taiwan, but we want something with a direct involvement with the crowd. We’ll do some giveaways and prizes. We want to give crowds something different to see.”

“We invite bands that we think are rock ‘n’ roll and entertaining bands. Last year we invited The Drexel, a very 50’s oriented rockabilly band. I don’t think Taiwan had seen anything like it,” J.D. said.

This year’s Circus features The Deadly Vibes from Taiwan and a line up of performers from Japan. The Minnesota Voodoo Men play 60’s style mod rock. Ed Woods is a psychobilly trio. “This year’s psychobilly band is pretty nuts. We played with them in Japan. They put on a wild show complete with a wild and crazy ending.” J.D. said.

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It’s not just about rock and roll either. The Circus also features Japanese burlesque performer Miss Cabaretta. “This event introduced burlesque to Taiwan. This will be our third year with a burlesque team. It gets better each year,” J.D. said.

The Circus also features DJ Harry the Hampstead Heath who is visiting Taiwan for the third time after previously DJing here in 2004 and 2005. DJ Harry will be spinning his vinyl collection of rock ‘n’ roll tunes. I interviewed Harry via e-mail. His advice to the audience is, “All you have gotta do is to just dance. The event is a sort of Christmas shindig. I want you to enjoy yourself.”

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DJ Harry also described some of the other Japanese acts joining the circus. The Minnesota Voodoo Men “are stuck to 50-60’s ‘Golden RnR age’. You can’t sit down!” he said. On the burlesque act, Miss Cabaretta, Harry describes her as “One of the most famous Japanese burlesque dancers. Sexy, fruity, marshmallowy!”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus is sure to be a wild night and there are also prizes to be given away. For anyone looking for a great pre-Christmas party head along to the Circus this weekend.

*The Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus kicks off at 9:30pm on Friday 18 December at 89k in Taichung. On Saturday 19 December the Circus moves to VU Livehouse in Taipei, again with a 9:30pm start. Tickets are NT$400 including one drink. Check the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Facebook page for more details.

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