Rubber Seoul 2009

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Rubber Seoul is an annual fundraiser for Hillcrest AIDS center in South Africa, helping people with AIDS. You could come out for the ‘feel-good’ element of donating money to a good cause – or because you could get into three Hongdae clubs for one low, 10,000 won price. Either way, 100% of the cover charge went to the organization.

Bridget and the Puppycats – we arrived to Janes Groove fashionably late, and missed Sotto Gamba. One of the Puppycats played the first accordian I’ve seen on a Hongdae stage.

Rubber Seoul is an annual fundraiser for Hillcrest AIDS center in South Africa, helping people with AIDS. You could come out for the ‘feel-good’ element of donating money to a good cause – or because you could get into three Hongdae clubs for one low, 10,000 won price. Either way, 100% of the cover charge went to the organization.

Bridget and the Puppycats – we arrived to Janes Groove fashionably late, and missed Sotto Gamba. One of the Puppycats played the first accordian I’ve seen on a Hongdae stage.

When he wasn’t playing the accordian, he also got the microphone close to a tiny little piano for its distinctive sound.
Most of the crowd seemed to be waiting for the next band to come on, however:

You know them better as the EV Boyz – the same group with the ‘Kickin’ it in Geumcheon’ video from earlier this year. They’ve come out with a few new songs since then – ‘We Want Taco Bell’ featured quite a few inside jokes that only English teachers in Korea would get. Once they were three, but one has returned home…

Striking a pose.
One of their guest EV Boyz for the night during “The 12 days of Korea”. Still as funny as ever the second or third time around.

The winner of the ‘be an EV Boy for a day’ contest on the left. He performed their trademark song with the original members and definitely rocked it like they did. Unsurprisingly there were calls for encore; “We don’t have any more songs!”, came the reply. Better get writing guys.

Morning Glory began to rock it after a short break.
And that’s when my camera died… Well, not technically died, but stopped working the way it was supposed to. Although there’s no pictures, we headed over to DGBD for the ROCK TIGERS – an excellent rockabilly band highly worth seeing on their own. Their energy led some to try swing dancing, stage diving, a fairly rowdy-looking mosh pit, and even a conga line at one point.
That it’s money going to a good cause is genuinely wonderful. That it buys you something more than a warm feeling in your heart is always nice as well. Great job to the volunteers and staff helping to put the event on.
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