2017 is about to pass and you probably watched one or any of the great foreign artists who dropped by the country to this death-defying year of awesome concerts. This year, we were treated to the music of Bryan Adams, Goo Goo Dolls, Shawn Mendez, The Moffatts, Coldplay, James Taylor, David Guetta, Village People, Liam Gallagher, In the Mix, Dream Theater, Michael Learns to Rock and Britney Spears to name a few.
Celebrated concert organizers like Ovation Productions, Wilbros Live, Midas Promotions and MMI Live among others are continuously striving to get the best roster of music artists on stage as this industry thrives well.
VJP Music Roll is fortunate enough to give you this three-part list. Manila is booming the whole year round with highly anticipated tours. We are grateful to Ms. Grace Foronda for keeping us posted on all her events. We want to make sure you know all about it so you won’t miss any of it.
I love going to concerts, be it local or foreign acts, as long as I have the means expect me to be there. There is something extremely thrilling and magical about seeing a singer or a band – especially if it’s your favorite one – owning and rocking the stage by singing songs that can evoke different emotions, remind you of someone or a memory, takes you to another place and time, or speak the words you can’t say.
There are no words to describe the experience of finding a good spot in the sea of people trooping to watch a rock show – screaming and jumping with fist in the air — or making your way to the reserved seat and seeing that you have a good view of the artist, singing along, anticipating the next song, clapping at the first few notes because that’s your favorite song being played right there.
At the start of 2015, I told myself that I am going to watch as many concerts as I could. It helps that my job allows me to watch concerts for free through invites but there are times when I do not mind shelling out my own money just to see an artist sing live, alongside, is the hope that a favorite song will be included in the set list.
I’ve heard so many Filipino acoustic acts already, may it be folk or pop, but what captivates me is when the artist delivers his own sound in a manner of showing the style possessing him/her to stand out among the rest.
Kito Romualdez is one of the youngest voices in this genre. His music was inspired by his very own music heroes such as John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Ed Sheeran. “I met my most current inspiration. Ed Sheeran when he opened Snow Patrol’s Toronto concert. Met him backstage, super nice guy, super relax, and wears only a sweater and a simple shirt. I am more about the music than the appearance, that’s what I like and get inspired from,” tells Kito as he admits his admiration to Ed Sheeran.