Speakeasy Pursuit of Happiness Release Party

I was recently turned on to Speakeasy, an arts and culture bi-monthly magazine publication featuring fiction, essays, photography, art, poetry, interviews, graffiti and more.

From the pages of the most recent issue, Pursuit of Happiness:

Both here and at our events we hope to bring cultures together and to provide venues for artists and writers that want to reach out. We want to encourage expats to become more deeply involved with and invested in Korean society, and to encourage Koreans to engage with the rich vein of talent that flows through the foreign community.

With the birth of each new issue comes a release party. The Pursuit of Happiness party was held at Club Ta in Hongdae. Performances included DA, Extra Garlic Sauce, JoshRoy, Army and crowd favorite, Space Boys.

Da is a large white man. He rhymes with confidence and bravado, flashing tattoos as he struts between the stage and the crowd, doing his best to keep them engaged, feeling as if they are part of the performance, not just spectators. To me, his style sounds a little Southern fried.

JoshRoy kept us grooving with his reggae vibrations. Towards the end of his set a few friends joined him on stage for some dancehall booty shaken’.

Space Boys are the kind of fun Korea needs right now. Three dudes having having a blast on stage, telling stories of eating 2 breakfasts at a time and living along side super computers. Skilled enough to represent without taking themselves too seriously, setting the perfect party atmosphere with infectious beats and rhymes you can’t shake out of your mind.

Later that night, I met Luke from Space Boys. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy. He noticed my girl and I had enjoyed their performance and wanted to say hi and thanks.

Space Boys will be performing at the Boryeong Mud Festival this Saturday, July 17th at 5pm. After some communication with Luke this week, I have plans sit down with them at the festival to learn more about their story and their music. I can’t wait. Stay tuned for more Space Boys information next week.

The folks I met from Speakeasy were good people. Most everyone else in attendance seemed to be enjoying themselves. And no doubt as time passes and more issues are released, these events will grow in size.

Already looking forward to the next one.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on July 13, 2010.

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