Alleyway Taphouse: The new hot spot for music?

Alleyway Taphouse in the South Gate district of Suwon is on its way to becoming a mandatory stop for groups like Korean rock band Walking After U, who headlined April 17 while on tour promoting their new mini album Running Wild. (Photo: Charles Ian Chun)

Alleyway Taphouse in the South Gate district of Suwon is on its way to becoming a mandatory stop for groups like Korean rock band Walking After U, who headlined April 17 while on tour promoting their new mini album Running Wild.
Photo: Charles Ian Chun

Edward Jorgensen, Kangnam University English instructor and owner of The Big Chill, an event bar in the South Gate district of Suwon has added concert promotion to his regular list of duties. When Indie Suwon, a live music venue on the third floor above The Big Chill, shut down last year, Jorgensen saw an opportunity to expand his business.

For nearly the past year and a half, the Alleyway Taphouse has hosted live bands, standup comedians, and open mic nights in an effort to invigorate the live music scene in the area. The effort has attracted noteworthy acts. Local rock favorites The Monday Feeling and The Bump City Band, a popular funk band based in Daejeon, performed there last month and plan to make Alleyway a regular destination. That same show was headlined by recording rocks artists Walking After U, who was in the middle of their Asian tour to promote their new mini album Running Wild.

Alleyway Taphouse is open Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. For regular updates on events, visit their page on Facebook. Open Mic Nights are on the last Saturday of every month. Artists who wish to perform should contact Jorgensen through the page. Walk-ins acts on Open Mic Nights are welcome but on a first-come basis.

Charles Ian Chun

Editor and web designer, The Kangnam Hakbo (English). Instructor, Department of Liberal Arts.

Leave a Reply