Patience has paid off for fans of David Archuleta in Taiwan. After waiting 8 long years, they are finally going to see the guy they call Sunshine David perform in Taiwan from August 11 – 17, 2016. The tour, at the invitation of the LDS Church, will take him to seven cities around the island in as many days.
Here’s the schedule, according to David Archuleta in Taiwan Facebook page:
10 August 10am Press Conference, Jinhua Street Church in Taipei
11 August 7:30pm Forget Year, Know Music Concert, Taichung Seaport Art Center in Taichung
12 August 7:30pm Love in the Family Concert, Tainan Cultural Center in Tainan
13 August 2pm LDS Community Awards Ceremony and Concert, Jinhua Street Church in Taipei
14 August 2pm Concert of Hymns and Chinese Music, Tzu Chi University Hall 8101 in Hualien
15 August 2pm Appointment with Youth Concert, National Hsinchu Commercial and Vocational High School Stadium in Hsinchu
16 August 7:30pm Hope, Love Public Benefit Concert, Chiayl City Culture Center Music Hall in Chiayi
17 August 7:30pm Concert (Untitled), Kaohslung Labor Affairs Bureau 1st Floor Auditorium in Kaoslung
I googled some of the venues and found that the concert hall in Taichung seats 546 people. It is equipped with a proscenium stage and the building’s white roof is shaped like a bamboo hat. If the title of the concert here sounds a bit strange it’s because it’s a word for word translation of 忘 年 知 音 which I do not know how to translate into English! 忘 = forget, 年 = year or age, 知 = know, 音 = music or sound.
Taichung is in central Taiwan, just over a two-hour drive from Taipei. From Taichung, David will head south to Tainan, about two hours by car. He will perform at the Tainan Cultural Center which has a Performance Hall in a 3-storyed building. The Hall has 1803 seats in a fan-shaped area. The Cultural Center also has what is called “The Native Theater International Hall” which seats 260.
Next, it’s back to Taipei for his performance at the LDS Community Awards at the LDS Temple in Jinhua Street. The temple was the earliest meeting place for Mormons in Taiwan.
After the Awards, David will head to Hualien, two and a half hours by train or 45 minutes by plane from Taipei, on the east coast of Taiwan. David will be singing hymns at this Sunday performance at Tzu Chi University. Tzu Chi U is a private university set up by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and is well-known for its College of Medicine. But I think this performance has nothing to do with the University and they are just using the facilities.
Midway through the tour, David will be in Hsinchu in northwestern Taiwan. Hsinchu, known as the Windy City, is home to six universities and many elementary, middle and high schools. So it’s no wonder the concert here is billed as an “Appointment With Youth”.
After Hsinchu, David moves south again to Chiayi where he will perform at the Music Hall in the Chiayi City Culture Center which also has a museum and a library. The Music Hall has 1113 seats. It’s stage curtains were designed by Chinese master painter, Lin Wu-Shan. They are made of hand-woven silk and satin and have a lotus pond theme.
According to the David Archuleta in Taiwan Facebook page, David will be the only performer in the Chiayi concert. Rumor has it that he will be singing a new song that he is currently recording, at this concert and at the next one in Kaohsiung. David’s performance in Kaohsiung will be the final one of this tour.
Kaohsiung, in the south, is Taiwan’s largest port and second largest city. The Love River which runs through the city is a popular sight-seeing spot. Visitors can take long walks or cycle along the river banks or go water skiing. There are also lots of cafes, bars and restaurants on the river banks.
I hope that despite his busy schedule, David can find time to see some sights and sample some of the delicious cuisine of Taiwan. First on the list – stinky tofu – smelly cubes of deep fried tofu, crispy on the outside and like soft custard on the inside, slathered with a sweet and spicy sauce. I don’t like it but I think David should take a bite just so he can say he’s had a taste of this iconic Taiwanese snack. He’ll just have to hold his nose while eating it.
If stinky tofu is not to his liking he can try some beef noodles, fish balls (not what you think! these are minced fish shaped into balls), braised or roast goose, suncakes or taiyang bing (crispy, crumbly pastries filled with honey or taro paste), oyster omelettes, lurou fan (five-spice braised pork spooned over rice), and san bei ji or three-cup chicken (so-called because the chicken is cooked in a cup each of oil, soy sauce and wine). I could go on and on but you get the drift. There’s lots to eat! Oh and before he goes home, he should buy some pineapple pastry as a food souvenir. These small pastries are made of candied pineapple wrapped in a buttery, crumbly pie crust.
All pictures found on Google Images except lead pic
Finally, if there is just one thing I hope David would do, it would be to sing a song in Mandarin. How about this one – The Moon Represents My Heart (Yuèliàng dàibiǎo wǒ de xīn) – a classic romantic ballad made popular by Teresa Teng, arguably the most famous Mandarin pop singer in the world at the time of her death in 1995.
PS Some useful Mandarin phrases David could say or hear at his concerts.
– Hello: Nǐ hǎo
– Good evening: Wǎnshàng hǎo
– Thank you: Xièxiè
– Thank you for welcoming me to Taiwan: Xièxiè dàjiā huānyíng wǒ dào táiwān
– I love you: Wǒ ài nǐ He might not want to say this but if he hears it he would at least know what they are yelling and he can reply xiexie!
– Sunshine David: 陽光 大衛 Yángguāng Dà wèi. This is the nickname that the Taiwanese have given him.