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"A Night of The Blue Dolphins IV"
Seoul Charity Performance Rocks On
By Matthew Love
Associate Editor & Writer

This month, “ A Night of Blue Dolphins IV” enters its fourth installment, 9:30p.m till 3:00a.m at Olde Stompers Bar, Itaewon in Seoul next Saturday, April 17, 2010. The ever growing campaign to raise awareness and funds to support the plight of dolphins in Japan through live entertainment has been gaining great momentum over the last three events.

Last month’s ‘Dolphin Friendly’ event at Roofers Bar in Itaewon, attracted a large cross section of both local and foreign audiences. The evening was hosted with a special screening of dolphin documentary ‘The Cove’ (US/2009), a film that highlights the brutality of the annual culling of dolphins and baby whales in the small town of Taiji, Japan.

Filmmakers for "The Cove," get the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary at last month's Oscars. The film gained massive support in Seoul at charity fundraiser 'Dolphin Friendly' in Itaewon.

The film, which follows activists and former American TV show “Flipper” star, Ric O’Barry, to secretly film the annual killing and confront the Japanese authorities with their findings, also won an Oscar for Best Documentary Film at last month’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The screening was also presented with a talk by environmentalist, Boram Bae, from Green Korea.

The evening followed on with live music, comedy, poetry and theatrical antics on the bill from an assorted ensemble with a variety of diverse performances. Actors and activists alike consumed a healthy helping of homemade cookies and wet their whistles on fresh fruit smoothies for a modest fee. All the proceeds raised go to support charities in aid of the Japanese dolphins.

Blue Dolphins IV on April 17, 2010

“We raised nearly 300’000 KRW, on the sale of cookies and smoothies tonight” said event organizer, Jenny Jang. “On top of that it’s been a great evening for both the crowds and performers. Everyone has really enjoyed themselves, not only was the film informative on the issue of the dolphins, but we also had a fun time too, I think the dolphins would appreciate that.”

Living a life of freedom and playful happiness through live music and entertainment is the underlying philosophy of the Blue Dolphin events. Over the last few months, the evening has been manifesting into something of a new movement in showcasing local talent from around the city’s young and vibrant scene.

This month, A Night of Blue Dolphins IV, live showcase will return to their favorite rock spot at Olde Stompers, Itaewon. The bill opens with brand new acts, introducing; “The Rance”, who will attempt to fuse acoustic jangling with punk rock; “Sour Mash” a country eastern outfit; rockers, “The Playboys” and newcomers, “Ska Sucks” will bop and bounce, with their own brand of ska.

"Party Street" at 'Blue Dolphins II' at The Hive in Itaewon.

In all, 30 musicians collectively will play10 sets throughout the night, ranging from funk, punk, progressive metal, jazz, rock, folk and even latin beats. Admission, as always, is free!

For the benefit of the dolphins there will be a house raffle, with half the jackpot being split 50-50 between one lucky winner and the designated dolphin charity.

This summer, the Blue Dolphins VI in June, will also be a special 2 day weekend long festival. The Seoul Times will release details of dates, venues and line-up nearer the time.

This month's (April 17th, 2010) band line-up:

Emily Henry - Folk
The Rance - Acoustic & Punk
Sour Mash - Country
The Playboys - Rock
Mo Junk Station - Funk rock
Add4 - Jazz rock
The Willman Band - Latin
Ska Sucks - Ska
Wesly Waye with Fred Bourdon and Charles Kim - Rock
Rabihem - Progressive metal

For details or inquiries on the event, contact

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Matthew Love serves as an Associate Editor & Writer of The Seoul Times. He specializes in European film as well as other cultural and social areas. He earned his BA degree with honors in Media Production with English Literature at the University of Luton, England, and MA degree in International Cinema at the University of Bedfordshire. He is the director of Kool4katz.Tv based in Bulgaria.






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