Sandwich Flash Gig

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Oishi OWow and RockEd Philippines had a flash gig in Glorietta Food Choices last September 26. I’ve learned about the flash gig in Twitter. Just like the Flash Mob, the flash gig is supposed to be surprised and no one except for the people involved should know about it. Anyway, I guess it must be hard to execute a flash gig because it would be hard to hide a drum set.

Take a look at the picture below. This is how they hid the drum set.

The people who have probably seen the guitars at the back must have suspected something already. 😀

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Thanks to RockEd Philippines and Oishi OWow for putting up something like this. I hope to see more flash gigs soon. 🙂 Check out more photos from the flash gig here.

Act of Congress: Fine Country/Bluegrass music

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Last Wednesday, I got a chance to go to a CCP Master Class with Act of Congress. Before Act of Congress went to Manila for the CCP master classes and a series of public performances, they went to Thailand. They taught Bluegrass (a sub-genre of country music according to Wikipedia) to Bangkok students. Check out their videos from their Thailand tour here.

Diwa de Leon at the Act of Congress Master Class
Diwa de Leon and his group

In the recently concluded CCP master class, local artists performed and one of them is Diwa de Leon. Diwa de Leon used a hegalong. Hegalong is an authentic T’boli (a tribe from Mindanao) guitar. It was not my first time to see one since I’ve acquired one for myself. But it was my first time to see a hegalong that you can plug to an amplifier. It was amazing to see them live since they got to perform Diwa de Leon’s song that was just composed on the same morning of the master class. The song was called “Act of Progress“.


Time by Act of Congress

After the local artists have performed, Act of Congress followed. In the above video, they performed “Time”. It was from their recent album “Worth Fighting For”. You can get it in iTunes, Amazon Music or from their website. Act of Congress is just one of the artists that is part of the “American Music Abroad” program. This program aims to promote international cultural exchange by introducing various American musical genres in more than 40 countries in 2012 and on 2013. This program is brought to you by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Association of American Voices.

Act of Congress is Adam Wright (guitar/mandolin/vocals), Chris Griffin (guitar), Tim Carroll (bass), and Bethany Borg (fiddle). They’re from Alabama, USA. Please do catch the scheduled public performances of Act of Congress in Manila.

Act of Congress Scheduled Public Performances in Manila
September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Marilao, Bulacan
September 15 at 6:00 p.m. at The Podium
September 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Concert at the Park at Rizal Park

They will also have a jamming session at the 70s Bistro with Bayang Barrios and Kalayo at the 70s Bistro right after their gig in The Podium. 🙂

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Ely Buendia’s Greatest Hits

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Last August 3, 2012, Ely Buendia had a concert at Hard Rock Cafe, Makati. It’s a benefit concert for the building of A. Mabini Youth Center. Hard Rock Cafe was packed with people and I’m happy to be there because I was not only able to see Ely Buendia perform one of my favorite songs but because of my small contribution to the A. Mabini Youth Center.

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Ely Buendia performed songs from The Eraserheads, from his solo album “Wanted Bedspacer”, and some songs from “In Love and War” (Ely Buendia’s collaboration with the late Francis Magalona).

One of my favorite songs that were performed is “Tikman” (from the Bananatype EP). “Tikman” was also once used as a commercial jingle for Burger Machine.

Do check out my other photos of Ely Buendia’s Greatest Hits here.

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After Ely Buendia’s Greatest Hits Concert, the Ely Buendia Live show was held last August 17 at the Activity Center of Glorietta in Makati. Tomorrow, Ely Buendia will have another show at the Activity Center of TriNoMa at 7pm (August 24). Will there be a next Ely Buendia show? Perhaps in Cebu or Davao? 🙂

Silent Sanctuary’s Paalam: Coming Soon!

I received a message from Chino David, Silent Sanctuary’s violinist that they will be releasing a new single soon! I just played the pre-release copy of the single entitled “Paalam”. 🙂

“Paalam” is a song on saying on goodbye to a relationship. The lyrics are simple and straightforward with a very clear message that strikes you especially if you’re mending a broken heart. The message of the song also suggests some resentment of someone who possibly have done something wrong on why they had to say goodbye to their relationship.

Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics of “Paalam”

Paalam na sa mga yakap at halik
sa tamis at pait
Bakit hinayaan
Sinayang ko lang ang iyong wagas na pag-ibig

“Paalam” will hit the airwaves soon. Music and lyrics by Sarkie Sarangay. 🙂

Finally, Death Cab for Cutie!

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Audience shows some love for Death Cab for Cutie

I’m actually way behind in posting this. 😀

I have missed a lot of bands in my foreign acts to see bucket list but I would definitely not miss seeing Death Cab for Cutie live. I was not able get the best spot however, thanks to my trusty point-and-shoot super zoom camera! I was able to record some videos and took some photos during the concert. Continue reading “Finally, Death Cab for Cutie!”

Rocked Philippines’ Gig for Warm Iligan and H2O for CDO

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Dong Abay

It’s always a pleasure for me to go to gigs organized by Rocked Philippines because we’re not only there for the music, we’re also there to support a cause. It was held at Route 196 (along Katipunan Ave). The highlight for me that night was when Dong Abay performed. Continue reading “Rocked Philippines’ Gig for Warm Iligan and H2O for CDO”

Rico Blanco and Amber Davis Mashup

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Rico Blanco and Amber Davis are both solo artists but, their music belongs to two different genres which can result into an interesting mash-up. The songs that Rico Blanco and Amber Davis mashed up were “Neon Lights” (by Rico Blanco) and “Manila” (by Amber Davis).

I think that Amber Davis is very lucky to work with Rico Blanco since Rico Blanco has a lot of experience and is one of the country‚Äôs top composers/songwriters. Continue reading “Rico Blanco and Amber Davis Mashup”

Mobbstarr and Somedaydream at Coke Music Studio

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It’s the first time I’ve heard of Somedaydream while Mobbstarr has been around in the music scene for a long time. Have you heard the song “Itsumo”? Yes, they are the hip-hop group behind that song.

Somedaydream and Mobbstarr will be mashing up the songs ‚ÄúDelivery Boys‚Äù (by Somedaydream) and ‚ÄúEargasmic‚Äù (by Mobbstarr). Having heard both of the songs in YouTube, I think that they won‚Äôt have much a hard time doing the mash-up. The song ‚ÄúEargasmic‚Äù is like a combination of hip-hop, electronica, R&B while the song ‚ÄúDelivery Boys‚Äù is electro-pop. However, the tempo of the both songs are way different, so I guess that part could be challenging for the both of them. Continue reading “Mobbstarr and Somedaydream at Coke Music Studio”

A Week in Metro Manila: Up Dharma Down

A Week in Metro Manila: Up Dharma Down is a documentary by Tony Rago. Finally, the documentary film by Rago will be first shown in Manila at November 12 at Capones, A. Venue. Aside from the film screening, Up Dharma Down will also perform and as well as The Charmes. 😀 The event shall start at 9pm. Entrance fee is 200 pesos. Continue reading “A Week in Metro Manila: Up Dharma Down”