Hae Bang Chon Fes­ti­val re­turns for fall edi­tion

The Korea Times - - FOREIGN COMMUNITY - By Jon Dun­bar jdun­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Hae Bang Chon (HBC) Fes­ti­val re­turns this Fri­day and Satur­day, pre­sent­ing 58 in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances at nine venues through­out the neigh­bor­hood, known for its high for­eign pop­u­la­tion.

One per­former to look out for this year is Jonathan Hunt, an acous­tic coun­try/folk-rock per­former from Canada. He will be play­ing at Li­nus BBQ at 5 p.m. on Satur­day. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing him on harp will be John Pa­trick Star­ling.

“I think I’ve played HBC fest ever since 2015,” he told The Korea Times. “Twice a year since then in­clud­ing every HBC South.”

HBC South is the fes­ti­val’s spinoff event held out­side the gate at Camp Humphreys in Pyeong­taek, Gyeonggi Prov­ince, where much of the U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel who used to pop­u­late Itae­won area have been re­de­ployed.

“I like play­ing the fes­ti­val as it al­lows me to work on my live per­for­mance and get to see other mu­si­cians per­form,” Hunt said. “De­velop friend­ships as well.”

He is mid­way through a project to re­lease a new sin­gle every cou­ple months. His last was “Ho­tel Tele­phone Lines,” and the re­lease of his next, ti­tled “I Will Find You,” is im­mi­nent for later this month.

He says work­ing on one song at a time al­lows him and his pro­ducer Brad Wheeler to fo­cus all their at­ten­tion on each song fully. It also al­lows for more col­lab­o­ra­tion with artists to de­sign al­bum cov­ers.

“Be­cause songs are dig­i­tal now, peo­ple can make their own playlists re­sult­ing in a world driven by sin­gles,” he said.

But he hasn’t to­tally out­grown the full al­bum con­ceit, as he plans to gather up the songs for re­lease on a more tra­di­tional al­bum.

“I wanted to cre­ate an al­bum at the end be­cause I feel all th­ese songs work well to­gether and should be in an al­bum,” he said. “I came from a world of al­bums.”

Hunt has al­ready re­leased two al­bums, both which have a more folk-rock sound than his lat­est sin­gle.

“Although I’m al­ways learn­ing the singing process, in the first two al­bums I was try­ing to find a unique way of singing that is com­fort­able to me — although not con­sciously do­ing so,” he said. “It seems that I have been mov­ing in a di­rec­tion of Amer­i­cana. Things can change in the fu­ture but that’s where it is head­ing in this al­bum.”

Although Hunt lives across the river in Jam­sil area, he comes up to HBC reg­u­larly to meet his live mu­sic needs.

For many of the per­form­ers at HBC Fes­ti­val, which in­clude for­eign res­i­dents and lo­cals, HBC isn’t their home but where they go to be part of a mu­sic scene.

Held twice a year, HBC Fes­ti­val marks its 14th year this year. The pre­vi­ous in­stall­ment was in June.

Live bands are set to per­form in well-in­su­lated venues like Phillies Pub base­ment, Ca­ma­rata Mu­sic, Pet Sounds and jazz venue Boo­gie Woo­gie, while acous­tic shows are held at Hair of the Dog, Li­nus BBQ, Repub­lic, Phillies Pub up­stairs and Dead Poets.

The per­for­mances are count­less, but some of the other acts worth check­ing out in­clude the fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer’s act Lance Ree­gan-Diehl Band, roots mu­si­cian Seth Moun­tain, Bea­tles trib­ute act the Bea­gles and Tim Gil­mour, who re­turned to Korea from his South­east Asia walk­a­bout just for the fes­ti­val. Also worth catch­ing the rock band Magna Fall, which is hav­ing its fi­nal show be­fore its front­man Kevin leaves the coun­try.

En­try at all lo­ca­tions is free. Visit hbcfest.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Korea Times photo by Jon Dun­bar

Lance Ree­gan-Diehl, cen­ter, or­ga­nizer of HBC Fest, per­forms at the spring edi­tion of the fes­ti­val held in June.

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