With beach season fading into an abyss of fleeting memories like some kind of prepubescent summer romance, things at Cairo’s bars and clubs are starting to pick up again, with the country’s top performers and DJs once again having to face the stark reality of Cairo. Innate Sunday melancholy aside, there are a handful of must-attend events that you must attend – if not for your own personal enjoyment, then at least to help me validate what it is I do for a living. Help a brother out, yo.
JAZZING BY THE RIVER FT. AHMED HARFOUSH @ RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Apart from being Egypt’s premiere hat-wearer, it seems like Ahmed Harfoush also has the country’s most accctive music libido – the man just doesn’t stop and he’s back at Zamalek’s Riverside this week.
PRIVATE SESSIONS FT. GAWDAT @ THE GARDEN
Over in the west of the city – in the gorgeous area of Korba, to be precise – the Garden welcomes cheeky sibling duo, Gawdat, for this week’s edition of Private Sessions – right now, unquestionably, Cairo nightlife’s most popular weekly event.
THE VOCAL JAM NIGHT: THE DOORS TRIBUTE @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
Often ignored when speaking of truly great front-men, Cairo’s musicians will be paying homage to Jim Morrison and the Doors for the first edition of Cairo Jazz Club’s Vocal Jam Night for quite some time.
SADEK GALLIANI @ RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Maybe I’m getting old, but I’ve come to find joy in the nostalgic, old-money vibe of places like Five Bells and Pub 28 – I think it’s a MILF thing. Whatever the case, Sadek Gallini oozes this very particular, rare quality and will be performing at Riverside.
THE SCHOOL OF BOOGIE FT DJ RAMY @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
Speaking of rare, there are few Cairo DJs that incite as much giddy, foot-tapping joy as the man affectionately known as the Boogie Monster, DJ Ramy. Wednesdays at Cairo Jazz Club just wouldn’t be the same without that glorious moustache looking down at you from the DJ booth.
For more ways to piss money down the drain, to which your brain automatically dismisses in a ‘oh well, I had fun – I think’ kind of way, check out the Cairo Gossip events calendar. You won’t regret it – immediately, at least.