Whether you’re looking for local bands, high-calibre singers or some rarely-seen artists performing from 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 its 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 of my own creation with just a little help. Thanks to my editor, Jovelyn Javier, for contributing us the story about Ang Bandang Shirley.
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.”
Dirty Old Musical plays another successful 8 shows
We love seeing incredible talents and catchy hooks. It’s a local showcase to witness a successful rerun of “Dirty Old Musical” that first premiered last September 2016 at the Music Museum. Play dates are January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28, 2017.
It scored keen theatrical triumphs performed by award-winning theater actors such as John Arcilla, Nonie Buencamino, Bo Cerrudo, Robert Seña and equally-acclaimed stage veteran Carlo Orosa (substituting Michael Williams’ character). They sang and danced along OPM favorites. Proudly arranged by Myke Salomon with the libretto of Rody Vera and directed by Dexter M. Santos.
OPM hits include “Tunay Kang Kaibigan,” “Paano,” “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika,” “Kaibigang Tapat,” “Nakapagtataka,” “Mag-Exercise Tayo Tuwing Umaga,” “Saludo,” “Kastilyong Buhangin,” “Kung Liligaya Ka, “Ayoko Na Sa’Yo,” “Pag Tumatagal Lalong Tumitibay,” “Himig Natin,” “Sana,” “Nais Ko,” and “Farewell.”
Rounding up the stellar cast are powerhouse theater performers Ima Castro, Kitkat and Fred Lo, with an ensemble comprised of Shalee Vicencio, Gabriela Pangilinan and Irra Cenina.
Produced by Spotlight Artists Centre, the January rerun offers a more seamless story that unfolds the riot and other complicating subplots.
What I like most is that it’s family oriented, their songs are still viral and wholesome fun.
IN PHOTOS: Dirty Old Musical (Rerun)
More about the previous #dirtyoldmusical post in this LINK.
The Camerawalls performs milestone concert, ‘Above the Weather’
Indie pop alternative rock band the Camerawalls namely Clem Castro (vocals/guitarist), Law Santiago (bassist), Bach Rudica (drummer), and Venj Gatmaitan (guitarist) held a reunion concert at the Music Museum entitled “Above the Weather.”
This concert is truly one of the solid performances by the Camerawalls as they’re being backed up by the 16-piece string orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO). It’s one of the best quality indie rock concerts you can find in today’s live music scene.
“This concert is called ‘Above the Weather’ because tonight is about overcoming challenges, fulfilling dreams…” says Clem in his opening spiel after the song “Above the Weather Overture.”
It has been almost four (4) years since the Camerawalls performed as a band. Some of the songs they have performed are “Markers of Beautiful Memories” (from the debut album “Pocket Guide to the Other World”), “I Love You Natalie,” “Ignore My Weakness, Don’t Ignore Me,” “Solitary North Star,” “Sight of Love,” “My Life’s Arithmetic Means,” “Bread and Circuses,” and “Clinically Dead for 16 Hours.”
There’s an interesting note to their song “Canto De Maria Clara” that was written by Clem, because it’s a song inspired by Jose Rizal. They also sang “Birthday Wishes,” the grand prize winner of the John Lennon 71st Birthday Songwriting Contest, as well as the powerful song, “The Emperor, the Concubine & the Commoner.” It’s also been great to hear their wonderful rendition of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”
Acclaimed singer-songwriter from Sydney Bryan Estepa and former Sugar Hiccup vocalist and classical crossover soprano and violinist, Jing Reyna-Jorge also collaborated and sang with the band while singer-songwriter from Dumaguete Meagan Trees opened the concert for them. “Sea Change” video below by Rome George.
IN PHOTOS: The Camerawalls: Above the Weather
Ang Bandang Shirley’s new album ‘Favorite’: Confident, mature, teary and refined
Ardent fans of Ang Bandang Shirley braved the heat of the afternoon sun to support the launch of the band’s third studio album from Wide Eyed Records, aptly called “Favorite.” The launch was held at the Blue Bay Walk Garden, Metro Park, Pasay.
The album is the follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed sophomore album, the soulfully introspective, “Tama Na Ang Drama” (2013). It already debut to no. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart.
Atmospheric, personal, intimate
It’s four years in the waiting before Favorite came along, that contains 14 tracks including the previously-released singles – the crowd favorites “Umaapaw” and “Siberia” that went on to lead on Spotify Ph’s Viral Charts, as well as “Maningning,” “Karamay,” “Makahiya,” “Alam Mo Ba? (Ang Gulo),” “Maginhawa,” “Relihiyoso,” “Favorite,” “Actually,” “Ilang Ilang,” “Ono,” “Palindrome,” and “Karagatan.”
“Siberia” official music video below by AngBandangShirley.
The band composed of Owel Alvero (founding band member/chief songwriter, lead vocal), Ean Aguila (founding band member/ guitarist-songwriter-lead vocal), Zig Rabara (drums), Selena Salang-Davis (lead vocal), Kathy Gener (semi vocals/resident band manager), Joe Fontanilla (guitarist), and Enzo Zulueta (bassist), initially greeted the fans with a meet-and-greet and album signing.
“Wow! Ang dami ninyo. Grabe. Salamat sa inyong pagmamahal at sa pag-gusto ninyo ng musika namin,” greets Selena Salang-Davis to the crowd before she started the show.
Shirley fans were indulged in a euphoric set of 23 songs, including those from the band’s first two albums – from old favorites “Nakauwi Na,” “Di Na Babalik” and “Patintero,” which was the last song and a special one from Davis, especially that the launch is her last performance with the group.
Making everyday life poetic
“Minsan depende sa feelings. Yung album, parang range of songs na hindi lahat magugustuhan mo at the same time, pero magkakaroon ng chance na magustuhan mo rin sila eventually,” describes Alvero about the album.
The album’s primary themes are that of happiness, loss, love, and living life, combined with their trademark rhythmic melodies and heart-rending lyrics. But for the first time though, the album is a collective effort from the members who all penned a song or two, as well as collaborations with various producers.
In an interview, the band wants the listeners to have that sort of connection like how movies do. Alvero adds, “The connection is like, you know how some movies grow on you. I hope people like the album at the start, but I hope they’ll find something more about themselves the more they listen to it.”
Ang Bandang Shirley has been in the industry for over a decade now, that started with an inspiration from Eraserheads when the band was disbanding. Other than E-heads, the members also refer to Rivermaya, Sugarfree, Rico Blanco, Raymund Marasigan, and Sandwich as among their strong influences. The band’s name came from the E-heads’ song “Shirley” from the “Natin 99” album as a way of honoring the king of Pinoy rock.