Jeremy Monteiro is Singapore's "King of Swing," and he never performs without his token velvet-and-gold crown to make sure everyone knows it. The legend is a Cultural Medallion winner (the highest accolade in Singapore's Arts scene) and has released 28 albums to date, recording with artists like James Moody and Simon & Garfunkel. Jazz fans should be pretty pumped for his Asian tour; he'll be performing with vocalists Melissa Tham, Nancy Kelly and Eileina D'ennis while in town, and his show'll blow your socks off—that's no lie.
Hong Kong's best jazz musicians are front and center for a week every summer, when venues like Backstage, Joyce is Not Here, Peel Music and Gecko host swinging gigs (May 28-Jun 1; call 9683-2312 for program details) in the lead-up to two big performances at the City Hall Theatre. This year's long line-up of performers includes Soul Traders, Bella Elektra, Ginger Kwan Group, Joao Mascarenhas Brazilian Jazz Trio, Allen Youngblood and Jostrio Nu-Jazz—a hot ticket for die-hards and newcomers to jazz.
No, it's not the name of a folky arts-and-crafts store. Cult Icelandic group Múm is joining forces with surf-rock three-piece Wavves to perform at KITEC in their Hong Kong debuts.
Following the success of various hits, including 2011's "Levels," Swedish DJ Avicii has become one of the most talked-about young talents on the scene. Catch the 23-year-old electro house wunderkind perform at KITEC, in an event that kicks off a series of concerts bringing international acts to town. This gig also features Hard Rock Sofa, MAKJ, Iron Kids and DJ Frankie Lam.
Ah, the early 2000s, when Linkin Park ruled the nu-metal world. Shinoda and co. have won two Grammys and sold over 50 million albums to date—and they're still going. Their Hong Kong concert is at AsiaWorld-Arena, and the profits are being partially donated to the Music For Relief charity in aid of disaster recovery. Who ever said that in the end, it didn't even matter?
The US alt rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins are coming to town! Corgan et. al. are set to take to the stage this summer at AsiaWorld-Expo. The Chicagoan four-piece was established in the late 1980s and plays an electic mix of genres ranging from heavy metal to gothic and punk rock. They've just started writing their new album, so you might even get a sneak preview or two.
Great news for teeny boppers: the"Call Me Maybe" hitmaker will perform in Hong Kong in August. After taking part in "Canadian Idol" in 2007, Carly Rae Jepsen burst on to the scene in late 2011 with her catchy hit, which topped charts across the globe. A Justin Bieber protégé, she continues to please fans of bubblegum pop, having collaborated with the likes of Owl City as well as Bieber himself. See her, maybe.
Venue and ticketing details TBA.
Bringing Michael Jackson back to life (not literally) is this performance by Cirque Du Soleil, which showcases more than 30 of his classic hits alongside dance choreography and video projections—including footage of Jackson's stage performances. How very Tupac. One for the Jacko fans.
One of the biggest names in the music industry today, David Guetta has produced countless singles and remixes for artists around the world, while also having sold six million albums worldwide. Catch his live show, which is guaranteed to be a night to remember.