Cairo Weekend Guide: Battle of the Bands, Oktoberfest in Cairo & Lots of Live Music
The second of two back-to-back three-day weekend has arrived and with it comes a spate of events at everywhere from Cairo Jazz Club, to El Sawy Culturewheel. So let us not waster time with a the usual generic intro and let’s dive in.
Things are getting old-school over in Maadi on Thursday, where DJs Ramsi Lehner and Sherif Nakhla are leading a night of old school house at the Tap, while DJ Tamer is taking to the decks at sister venue, the Tap East. Elsewhere, Zigzag kicks off the weekend with House Night and Klady in the hot seat, while Cairo Jazz Club moves onto night two of its Oktoberfest celebrations with Amro & the Big Bang Boogie taking to the stage.
Elsewhere, Michelle Rounds performs at Kempinski Nile Hotel’s Jazz Bar and Salalem return to the After Eight stage, while one of the biggest live music events of the weekend comes in the form of the grand finale of Battle of the Bands. Taking place at the Pyramids’ Sound & Light Theatre, the two arguably most popular bands in Egypt, Cairokee and Sharmoofers, are set to do battle.
Sharmoofers perform in an earlier round of Battle of the Bands
Friday sees Michelle Rounds perform for the second night in a row; this time, the jazz vocalist performs at ROOM Art Space in Garden City. Elsewhere, Basheer performs the first of two gigs this weekend, starting at After Eight, while also in Downtown, Slim Nasr is in charge at Zigzag’s Club Night.
Z-Shark, meanwhile, takes to the stage at the Tap East in New Cairo and Cairo Jazz Club rounds off its three-day Oktoberfest special with DJ Ghandokli playing everything from pop, to r&b, to Arabic house.
Elsewhere, belly-dancer, Nancy, performs at Hakamoro in Heliopolis, while at the other end of the musical scale, El Gomhouria Theatre hosts the traditional Egyptian and sufi music of Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya.
Saturday is a little quieter, but there are some tasty events to get stuck into nonetheless, starting with Basheer, who rounds of the weekend at Cairo Jazz Club with his Nubaian-infused stylings. Elsewhere, live music is on the menu at the Tap Maadi, with Raw Acoustic set to perform, while the Tap East welcomes Fat Sam for a night of hip-hop and r&b.
Elsewhere, Waslet Samaa' performs its unique brand of religious chanting at El Sawy Culturewheel and ROOM Art Space welcomes one and all for its weekly Board Games Night, while Cairo Opera House’s Live from the Met series continues with a live HD screening of Tristan and Isolde from the Metropolitan in New York.