Here is a glimpse of local concerts worth watching happened at the first half of the year and documented from our most favorite live music venues, MusicMuseum and Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan. We’ve waited for these artists to take the stage again.
Ver and I had the usual conversations about the upcoming events and casual random scenes at work. What would they play? How would they sound in collaboration with other artists? Would we get some glances of their music and magic? Would there be an up close and personal moments happening after the show? Or would I like this artist eventually after watching them live?
If you noticed, we’re not posting much about comprehensive live music events recently. In exchange, we introduced to you our #VJPMusicRoll to provide us more music news and access to music. Nonetheless, even if live music photos and info have receded a bit, we promised you a moving forward music trend. You can always check our Facebook fan page, Twitter and Instagram for more of the music happenings.
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Here are our emerging top 10 great local concerts worth watching in no particular order:
Title: Our Love Songs: OPM Greatest Hits Live
Artists: Joey Albert and The CompanY
Concert Date: February 13, 2015
Joey Albert and The CompanY performed a sold out all-OPM Valentine concert at the MusicMuseum held last February 13, 2015. They are reunited to perform original, timeless and beautiful love songs that are indeed our very own. Seeing them live is nostalgic as I experienced their music in real time, lucky to watch them live in an occasional moment just like this.
Some of the songs they performed include “Dinggin,” “Beginning Today,” “Baka Ikaw,” “Pakisabi Na Lang,” “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” “Kung Kailan Pa,” “Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy,” “Million Miles Away,” “Ikaw Lang,” “Yakapin Mo,” “Iisa Pa Lamang,” “Sa Iyo Lamang,” and “Tell Me.”
Title: Zsa Zsa: Beginnings
Artists: Zsa Zsa Padilla
Concert Date: February 14, 2015
“Zsa Zsa: Beginnings,” also the title of her recently released album under Polyeast Records, is one of this year’s Valentines concert offerings held at the Music Museum. Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla returns to the concert stage as she shares her new life beginnings. She shared the stage with Piolo Pascual and singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid. Also spotted at the venue is her boyfriend, Conrad Onglao.
Some of the unforgettable songs she performed are 70s Woman Power Medley: “We’re All Alone,” “Through The Years,” Don’t Give Up;” OPM Love Songs: Don’t Know What to Do,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” “Hanggang,” “Forevermore;” Bacharach Medley: “Look of Love,” “Do You Know the Way to San Francisco,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk On By,” “Close To You,” and “What the World Needs Now.”
Of course, we couldn’t miss Zsa Zsa’s popular songs namely “Mambobola,” “Mula Sa Puso,” “Maybe This Time,” “MinsanPa,” and “Kahit Na.” She also gave tribute to the late Comedy King Dolphy as she remembered her long-time partner.
In Photos>> Zsazsa Padilla: Beginnings
Title: Dharma Lights: The Illumination of Up Dharma Down’s Music
Artists: Up Dharma Down
Concert Date: March 21, 2015
Up Dharma Down is one of the Philippines’ most popular and well-loved indie rock groups having a natural flair for experimental, pop, and electronic rock. Dharma Lights: The Illumination of Up Dharma Down’s Music has been the much-awaited first major solo concert of the band. It is a sold out concert celebration of Up Dharma Down’s 11 years of great music journey together, Dharmalites has never failed to support them all throughout. As compared to most bands, Up Dharma Down fans are obsessed, they’re almost religious.
“It’s the best eargasmic OPM concert experience,” as they say. Well, I agree! Not only eargasmic but also an ultimate visual feast. Everyone’s all-time favorite songs “Oo” and “Tadhana” were performed among others, official set list is accessible HERE.
In Photos>> Dharma Lights: The Illumination of Up Dharma Down’s Music
Artists: KZ Tandingan
Concert Date: April 17, 2015
The X Factor of the Philippines winner KZ Tandingan presented a striking spirit of inspiration and flashes of brilliance as she performed unparalleled vocal theatrics and some hauntingly entertaining production numbers in her first solo concert at the MusicMuseum. I believed in her talent since the first time I listened to her sing at X Factor Ph. Emotions pouring into my veins that after seeing her on a full length concert, she really deserves all the success after the reality TV music competition.
She displays a mastery of singing jazz, acoustic, ballads even a Visayan folk song; executes some rapid raps; delivers a great blend of reggae sound; amazes with her beat box skills; and manages an effortless sample of live looping music.
KZ’s all-original songs like “Scared to Death,” “Unlove You,” “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako,” and “Puro Laro” were performed. “KZ-fied” songs include Daniel Padilla’s “Nasayo Na Ang Lahat,” Erik Santos’ “Pagbigyan Muli,” Ebe Dancel’s Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” and Carol Banawa’s “Stay With Me.” She also shared the stage with rap icon Gloc-9, Ebe Dancel, Abra, Richard Poon, and her “X Factor” mentor Charice. Covers include Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Peggy Lee’s “Fever” with guest Richard Poon and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.”
Title: Wow Kokoy!
Artists: AMP Band and Mitch Valdez
Concert Date: June 16, 2015
Wow Kokoy!, a benefit concert for the late Rafael “Kokoy” Jimenez, held last June 16 at the MusicMuseum.
Kokoy was a TV/stage/movie director who began his career working on films such as “Oro, Plata, Mata” and “City after Dark.” He is best known as the director of Batibot, the iconic children’s educational TV program, which was the Asian Sesame Street. Kokoy was a disciplined and exacting professional who demanded the same from the many talents he worked with like Lea Salonga, Pops Fernandez, Tessie Tomas and Sarah Geronimo.
Headed by Mitch Valdes and the AMP Band, other performers were Celeste Legaspi, Boboy Garovillo, Robert & Isay Seña, Pops Fernandez, Ogie Alcasid and Jett Pangan.
Title: 3V 1J: 3 Voices 1 Journey
Artists: Jinky Vidal, Top Suzara and Joey Generoso
Concert Date: February 14, 2015
3 Voices 1 Journey is an ultimate throwback concert by Jinky Vidal, Top Suzara and Joey G as they performed their greatest hits. Their music influence are as iconic as they are: Top Suzara performs “Different Seasons” by Johnny Hates, Jinky Vidal sings “Giving You the Best That I’ve Got” by Anita Baker and Joey G croons “What Might Have Been” by Lou Pardini.
Song Duet Highlights:
- Top & Joey: Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes”
- Top & Jinky: Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill’s “Perfect Combination”
- Joey & Jinky: Sergio Mendez’s “What Do We Mean”
Another incredible and beautiful performance is their throwback segment with songs including “Endless Summer Nights,” “Snow on the Sahara,” and “Give A Little More This Time.”
These icon’s most popular songs are their most remarkable musical achievements: Freestyle’s “Before I Let You Go,” “So Slow,” ‘Till I Found You,” and “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang;” Side A’s “Tell Me,” “Set You Free” and “Forevermore,” are songs so moving to so many people that night including me. I’m so grateful I got to witness this live.
Title: Juan Karlos: A Birthday Show
Artists: JK Labajo
Concert Date: February 20, 2015
Also known as JK, The Voice Kids finalist geared up for his first ever birthday concert held last February 20 at the Teatrino. Originally scheduled on February 5, there’s no stopping JK supporters for them to listen to the young crooner live as the show opened with his version of the song “Feeling Good.”
We were all under his spell as he pleases his screaming crowd with more spanking performances with songs “Runaway Baby,” “Stay With Me,” “Take Me To Church,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Grow Old With You,” “Stay,” “Sway,” “On And On,” “Everything,” “Say Something,” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” all in his own style.
Great renditions with OPM most favorite medley of APO Hiking Society songs namely “Yakap Sa Dilim” and “Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota Ng Iba.” The show did not go quietly with contemporaries “Pompeii” by Bastille, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor and “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5.
In Photos>> Juan Karlos: A Birthday Show
Title: Juris: Forevermore
Concert Date: March 25, 2015
Juris supporters celebrates an intimate concert night with a shared sense that something special is about to happen. Juris announced her pregnancy during the show and now a mommy to a healthy baby boy named “Giddy.” Besides being glamorous, Juris was emotional that night. “When I sing, it’s not only singing. Somebody else is singing, inside me. I’m just happy to share to you. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been praying for us,” the singer and songwriter tells us.
She offered a jazz, acoustic to rock performances: “Change the World,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Lost Stars,” and “I Won’t Give Up.” Juris seemed far more connected to the audience while singing the hits of Rey Valera: “Pangako,” Kung Kailangan Mo Ako,” and “Maging Sino Ka Man.”
“’Di Lang Ikaw” is one of our recent favorite songs of Juris, a song she co-wrote with Aiza Seguerra. I’m very pleased with their duet performance of this song, I can’t help but to close my eyes and feel moved in the moment. Aiza sings her version of “Titanium” and Eraserhead’s “Huling El Bimbo” while playing her guitar.
Showing her versatility as a singer is her version of Side A’s “Forevermore,” a theme song of ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida teleserye starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano with the same title.
The Beatles songs we listened to during the concert were “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Yesterday,” and “Let It Be.” She ended the concert with upbeat songs “The Best of My Love,” “September,” and “Rock With You.”
Title: Marion Aunor: Take A Chance
Artists: Marion Aunor
Concert Date: April 10, 2015
“Marion Aunor: Take A Chance” is singer-songwriter Marion Aunor’s first concert held at Teatrino on April 10, 2015 as she celebrates her birthday. Her special guests include Edgar Allan Guzman, Michael Pangilinan, Edward Benosa, and her sister Ashley Aunor.
With a glimpse of the set list she performed that night, I think it’s one of her best performances proving her vocal prowess, talent and musical style. It’s impressive how she became a performer who’s confident in developing her own musical style.
She debuted her own original songs namely “If You Ever Change Your Mind,” Oo Nga Pala, Hindi Na Tayo” and “Fallen,” showcased her pop music influence. Great love songs from her music influence were performed with piano: Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why,” Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” Regina Spektor’s “Samson” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”
Title: #PalakasinAngOPM with Cynthia Alexander
Artists: Cynthia Alexander
Concert Date: April 24, 2015
Multi-talented artist, composer and performer Cynthia Alexander left the country to pursue a music career in Seattle back in 2012. She played selected homecoming gigs recently, one of those happened at Teatrino, which I’ve fortunately witnessed first time. Billed as #PalakasinAngOPM sessions with Cynthia Alexander, we all listened to ambient, chill out, folk and world music as we let ourselves transported into vast dimensions and new realms.
Set List (in no particular order):
- Om Shanti
- U & I
- No Umbrella
- Knowing There is Only Now
- Weather Report
- Daisy Chain
- I Don’t Mind
- Frost and Glass
- Comfort in your Strangeness
- Walk Down the Road
- Case of You
- Comet’s Tail
- Owner of the Sky
- Dumaan Ako
- Hello Baby
Some of the artists are new to me and haven’t listened to before, even songs I’ve never heard but this is one for the books. It’s great to discover Cynthia Alexander’s music.