Live Music Selections: Dirty Old Musical (Rerun), The Camerawalls and Ang Bandang Shirley

Whether you’re looking for local bands, high-calibre singers or some rarely-seen artists performing at your favorite venues, you can find a plenty of them around the city. Either you can scoop out new artists from not so popular settings or veterans playing from the biggest scenes, all of the industry’s best is right here in the Philippines.

It has always been a challenge as I ask myself of the quickest way to write and share about the local scenes that I’m seeing, but chances are quite rare when work gets in the way of blogging.

Today though, I’ll be sharing a few remarkable concerts I’ve seen at work recently, not to mention the exceptional opportunity to see these great music.

I maintain a website and it’s social media network to help spread the word about the venue and also its events. It’s just an all-around thing to me! Nevertheless, it’s actually more of a reward to watch these wonderful musical performances.

And for anyone who wants a healthy dose of spectacle of live music and events from today’s hottest live acts, the easiest way to check the list of new acts, or dazzling new performances and a variety of new shows to entertain you — visit official ticket outlets like www.ticketworld.com.ph and www.ticketnet.com.ph.

The VJP Music Roll Reissue

It’s been awhile since I published a new Music Roll but this time is sort of special since this month’s music roll is my own creation with just a little help. Thanks to my editor, Jovelyn Javier, for contributing us the story about Ang Bandang Shirley.

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Getting on with it, I’m sharing with everyone some momentous live performances I’ve come across from the first few months of the year — the impressive theatrical re-run of “Dirty Old Musical,” the exquisitely presented combination of alternative rock and string orchestra in Camerawall’s reunion gig and an album launch tinged with an emotional closing at Blue Bay Walk by Ang Bandang Shirley with a new album that could easily be anyone’s “favorite.”

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Music in the Form of Celebration, Memories and Bittersweet Farewells

Music comes in diverse forms, and this month’s local music scene round-up via Music Roll further illustrates the versatility of music.

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We start with PhilPop 2016’s big bash celebration of Filipino musicality; the celebrated dream collaborations between Ely Buendia and Itchyworms in “Pariwara”; the indie music taking charge of this year’s first ever Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino; to memories worth recalling in Clara Benin’s songs while we wait for her return; in the never-ending cycle of love, denial, separation and finding new hope all together in new singles of Rico Blanco and Arnold Reyes; and for the ability to create free music in Josephine’s story and The Benchboys’ reunion for one last time.

Let’s always celebrate music in all its forms, with the old and new, with the happy and sad, with beginnings and farewells, but most of all for all its good and enduring memories.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in the legacy and evolution of music

This Mother’s Day, let us honor our mothers, grandmothers, mother-figures and the like, as the world celebrates the toughest job in the world – being a mother, with no less than the company and inspiration of music.  

To children whose mothers are watching them from above, remember and relive the memories you’ve shared with her and keep her legacy alive just like how music icon Prince will continue to live on.

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And because it’s every mother’s special day, take her to see authentic Filipino classical talents in action at the “Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World” at the RCBC Plaza this May 7th or let her be in control just like Julie Anne San Jose’s “In Control” anniversary concert at the KIA Theatre.  And if you’re young mom needs some moving forward inspiration, let her take some cues from Sam Concepcion’s fresh and new vibe in his third album “Bago.”

You could also dance and sing the night away as you experience and discover the evolution of music in MTV Music Evolution with some of the best contemporary international and local artists. But you can also simply have fun at home with your mom’s favorite music by female artists or from the new favourites from Myx Music Awards.

Whatever’s your way of celebrating, we’ll sure your mothers will treasure the moments.

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Honouring Love, Faith and Modern Women in OPM Music

March is a month that merits no less but a big celebration well-deserved for the many wonders of women in the world. Modern women of today are not only beautiful from the outside but are beautiful from the mind and spirit.

From their many influential contributions in politics, technology, philanthropy, business, music and theatre, entertainment and media and a lot more, women have definitely proven they can be as powerful as they want to be.

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This month’s Music Roll, in highlight of the celebration of International Women’s Day this past March 8th, we recognize the beauty and grace of talent in acclaimed and versatile Filipino women in OPM and musical theatre such as Rachelle Ann Go’s must-watch performance as the iconic Fantine in the newest West End edition of “Les Miserables,” blissful singing comeback in Donna Cruz and Jolina Magdangal’s new albums, taking new directions and challenges in Karylle’s newest effort, and of women composers and well-known performers in the latest finalists of Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs.

And behind all these excellent showcase of talent in modern Filipino women are love and faith, which are also evident in the message of Noel Cabangon’s recent release titled “Sa’Yo Lamang: Papuri at Inspirasyon.”

Cheers to all the women, of love and faith in music!

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