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ACOUSTIC KINGS: How Boyce Avenue Captures The Filipino’s Hearts With Their Music


Songs for and from the heart: Boyce Avenue alongside December Avenue and I Belong To The Zoo serenaded the Filipinos for a brimming post-Valentine’s Day show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February 16, 2020. This also marks the end of their very successful Asian Tour. Earlier in the week, they have performed in Pangasinan, Cebu, and Davao to the delight of their fans from different regions.



Songs from the heart last night. Photo credit: April Ann De Guzman


I Belong to the Zoo opened the night with their melancholic hits Balang Araw, Patawad Paalam and Sana. Vocalist Argee Guererro admits that most of their songs are sad, some are even from past experiences making the crowd relate to the songs’ sincerity even more.




Parang tangang kausap ang tala at buwan
Naghihintay ng meron sa gitna ng kawalan
Natutong lumipad kahit pagod at sugatan
Pag-ahon ko sa lupa'y iiwanan na naman
- Balang Araw, I Belong To The Zoo

Following Zoo’s lead is December Avenue who’s main vocalist Zel Baustista even lamented, “Kung di ka masasaktan, hindi mo malalaman kung hanggang saan ang kaya mo.” (If there’s no pain, you won’t know your capabilities.”) Pain is necessary. Then comes the healing.




Lovers and spectators alike sang along to Kahit Di Mo Alam, Dahan-Dahan and Huling Sandali. The band dedicated Ears and Rhymes to all the lovers and reminded the crowd that even though 2019 is full of hurt and people leaving, 2020 is about moving forward and should be spent more on loving ourselves.

December Avenue finished their set with performances of the crowd favorites Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw and Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-Ibig.

Boyce Avenue then takes the centerstage by hyping the crowd up with their original song called Hear Me Now. Armed not only with covers but originals as well, brothers Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano then did what they do best: performing acoustic performances that tug strings to the heart.






Singling out “Broken Angel”, a song written by lead singer Alejandro is about a friend who had a broken relationship with her father. The singer sang about moving on, reasoning how people deserve better than to be treated a certain way.

According to the group, they have been performing for the past few years in the Philippines that it almost feels like a tradition to have a show in the country come Valentines’ season and still,  they are being overwhelmed by the support of the Filipinos; the unwavering love for acoustic music never grows old.

As if charming the crowd with their vocals isn’t enough, the Florida natives proceeded to perform Oasis’ Wonderwall while uplugging all of their instruments, increasing the acoustic energy even more, something that they don’t normally do given a huge venue and crowd. Their sound was amplified by the crowd loudly singing along making this performance a hands down highlight of the night.

Another highlight of the show is the mini-collab stages with the vocalists Argee (I Belong To The Zoo) and Zel (December Avenue) as they performed covers of Say You Won’t Let Go and A Thousand Years respectively.

The boys ended the night with Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris.

THE SET LIST
Hear Me Now
Wake Me Up
Cinderella
Every Breath You Take
Torn/Castle on the Hill
Queen of Hearts
Imperfect Me
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Broken Angel
Family
Say You Won’t Let Go (with I Belong To The Zoo)
A Thousand Years (with Zel Bautista of December Avenue)
Fast Car
Ride the Wave
A Sky Full of Stars
Story of my Life
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Perfect
Anchor

ENCORE
On My Way
Wonderwall (Unplugged)
Iris


The Boyce Avenue Philippine Tour is presented by Wilbros Live.

Words by April Ann De Guzman
Boyce Avenue photos by Mike Yap

A great night with Tiny Moving Parts in Manila

American Midwest emo band Tiny Moving Parts returns in Manila for their Asia Tour. It was held last February 9, 2020 at SM City North EDSA Skydome. This is their second time to perform in the country, after their memorable first show in 2018, the band gave their Filipino fans an intense show.



Their fans sang along with the band's song from their previous album, Pleasant Living up to their latest from Breathe album. Emo phase is at it during the show. You can feel in every song that they performed.






Special thanks to Pulp Live World and Skesh Entertainment for a great show!

Photos by Caloy Encluna for Manila Concert Junkies


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Ebe Dancel returns to PolyEast Records; released new single Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay


Polyeast Records, one of the country’s leading independent labels, welcomes back Ebe Dancel with a recording contract and a new single “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay.”



Polyeast Records also announced during the contract signing happened in Universal Tower, Quezon City that the new deal will release Ebe’s new album “Baliktanaw” where he re-recorded Sugarfree songs in time for the band’s 20th anniversary. 

Ebe said that “Baliktanaw” is inspired by the fact that he’s going back to where everything has started. “It’s like looking back at the same time a reunion with my first label, PolyEast Records. It’s like coming home, really,” he shared.

PolyEast Records, formerly EMI Philippines, was the first home to Sugarfree and have released five albums including the band’s debut “Sa Wakas” in 2003 and hit songs like Hari ng Sablay, Tulog Na, Mariposa, Prom, Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin, Telepono and Burnout.

To celebrate the renewed collaboration, Ebe and PolyEast Records dropped the new single Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay which is now available on Spotify and other streaming services. Ebe wrote on Twitter, “My new single premieres later on Spotify at 12:05 am. Glad to be back with @PolyEastRecords, the label that signed Sugarfree all those years ago.”

Talking about the new track, Ebe originally penned “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay” for Paolo Valenciano’s debut album in 2014 and recalls, “I started writing the song after dinner and I finished it na lalabas na yung araw. Kaya may line dun na ‘hanggang dilim ay lumiwanag…’ so I literally waited for that song to be finished.”

For his much-awaited return with a 10-track album “Baliktanaw”, he re-recorded popular Sugarfree songs and curated to relive the musical journey of Sugarfree ever since the band was formed in 1999. “I’ve always been telling the fans… The band is gone but the songs really live on and this is mostly for them,” he added.

“To re-record the songs with the way I picture it in my head—with strings, with horns and with a lot of elements. It’s also an introduction to the new fans dahil ganon na kabata and mga fans ngayon at di na nila naabutan ang Sugarfree so hopefully, that bridges that gap”



(L-R) Chito Ilagan, A&R Directo;  Jesmon Chua, General Manager of PolyEast Records;
Ebe Dancel; Trici Nicolas, Ebe Dancel's Manager; and Ramon Chuaying, President of PolyEast Records


Having garnered significant accolades for being one of the most successful singers/songwriters in the country, Ebe has streamlined his sound which seamlessly blends with new orchestral arrangements for his first album as a solo artist with PolyEast Records. Produced by Ebe’s good friend, Chino David of Hale, it  includes Sugarfree songs that topped the charts since 2003 in orchestral versions of Burnout, Mariposa, Unang Araw, Kwarto, Cuida, Tulog Na, Dear Kuya, Wag Ka Nang Umiyak, Hangover and Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay.   

The new album also coincides with Ebe’s solo concert and a celebration of Sugarfree’s 20th year titled “Ebe Dancel with The Manila String Machine” happening on February 29, 2020, at the Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig. His first-ever concert will be accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra with Paolo Valenciano as creative director, and Chino David as musical director.

Ebe’s new single Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay is now available on Spotify and other streaming services; and the lyric video is now up on YouTube. The new album “Baliktanaw” is set to be released in physical CD on February 29, 2020 via PolyEast Records. For more info, you may follow PolyEast Records’ social media accounts. Follow the official hashtag #BaliktanawNiEbeDancel


Philippines will always be Pentatonix's home


Philippines will always be Pentatonix's home.

Pentatonix, a five-member a capella singing group composed of Kevin Olusola (beatboxer), Scott Hoying (baritone lead), Mitch Grassi (counter-tenor), Matt Sallee (vocal base lead), and Kirstie Maldonado (mezzo-soprano lead) was astonished at the energy and singing voice Filipino Pentaholics (fandom name) showed them. 

Scott even shared "I'll tell you some places that we go on tour make us feel so welcome and I have to say that the Philippines makes us more welcome than anywhere in the world. You know the energy and everything was so amazing. It was such an unforgettable night and we feel right at home here".


The show started with Pentatonix performing "Daft Funk" medley and was followed by "High Hopes". Pentaholics also swayed their hips in tune to "Havana" and "Señorita".



Rich harmonies filled our ears as we heard the music "Evolution of Pentatonix" throughout the years. But not only that... the evolution also gave the audience treats showcasing Ariana Grande's songs such as "Thank You Next", "One Last Time", and "Break Free" to name a few.

One of the highlights of the night was Kevin's cello beatboxing solo performance.

Pentaholics smoothly blend in with Pentatonix as they sang "I Want It That Way" along with them.

Another highlight occurred when Pentaholics lit up a beautiful white ocean on the songs "Imagine" and "Hallelujah". 



It was truly a night to remember. No doubt that Manila tour was their favorite show they ever done.

Pentatonix Live in Manila 2020 was brought to us by Wilbros Live.

Photos by Caren Gudiaga for Manila Concert Junkies

Full lineup for Rakrakan Festival 2020 announced


After almost a month of band and artist announcements on their official Facebook page,
Rakrakan Festival 2020 finally gets down to their 120th performer who will be gracing us with
solid tunes on February 29, 2020 at the CCP Open Grounds!


Just like last year, Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be having SIX main stages, namely: AKLAS MOVE
STAGE, LAKAS MOSH STAGE, TM CENTER STAGE, SLAM STAGE, PEACE STAGE, and introducing one that’s never been on the lineup before, LAHI STAGE.

Starting off with the AKLAS MOVE STAGE, we have MAYONNAISE, GLOC-9, KJWAN,
SPONGECOLA, TYPECAST, ROCKSTEDDY, HAPPY THREE FRIENDS, RAZORBACK, WRITTEN BY THE STARS, WOOPIS, BRWN, MARYZARK, JOIN THE CLUB, TANYA MARKOVA, SOAPDISH, and THE RED HORSE PAMBANSANG MUZIKLABAN AKLAS FINALISTS!

Moving on to the LAKAS MOSH STAGE, we have SLAPSHOCK, WILABALIW, GREYHOUNDZ, CHICOSCI, TEETH, COLN, EVEN, SAYDIE, PHILIA, VALLEY OF CHROME, LILITH, SKYCHURCH, ARCADIA, BADBURN, and THE RED HORSE PAMBANSANG MUZIKLABAN LAKAS FINALISTS!

On the TM CENTER STAGE, we will be having RON HENLEY, KIYO & ALISSON SHORE, SHANTI DOPE, UP DHARMA DOWN, BECAUSE, IV OF SPADES, JUAN KARLOS, CLR, AL JAMES, ALLMO$T MUSIC, SILENT SANCTUARY, I BELONG TO THE ZOO, CALLALILY, KJAH & RYE, MOJOFLY, MIKE SWIFT, PRICETAGG, ST. WOLF, and SANDIWA!

Heading over to the SLAM STAGE, get your heads banging to SUBKULTURE, REPUBLIKATS,
REBORD, MR. BONES & THE BONEYARD CIRCUS, JEJAVIEW, FAINTLIGHT, ULTIMATE UBE,SHOTGUN COMBO, POWERSPOONZ, GINILING FESTIVAL, THE CHONGKEYS, VJOSH TRIBE, and TALATA!

Chill out on the PEACE STAGE with fine tunesfrom GRACENOTE, IMAGO, 6CYCLEMIND, ORANGE & LEMONS, FRANCO, SUD, CHOCOLATE FACTORY, UNIQUE, PEDICAB, BANDA NI KLEGGY, WE GOT, THE VOWELS THEY ORBIT, BETTER DAYS, BRISOM, MUSIC HERO, ENGKANTO, LION & THE SCOUTS, and MAGNUS HAVEN!

Lastly, vibe with everyone at the LAHI STAGE! We have DONG ABAY, MUNIMUNI, GRIN
DEPARTMENT, THE WUDS, PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS, PAWIKAN, KUREI, BAYANG BARRIOS, SAGIP ADIK FOUNDATION, SYD HARTHA, BARBIE ALMALBIS, THE BLOOMFIELDS, KADANGYAN, MAYOR TV, BITA AND THE BOTFLIES, and COLOR IT RED!*

Have you scored your tickets already? If not, better run to your nearest SM Ticket outlets and
grab ‘em before they’re gone! 

Ticket prices are as follows:
REGULAR PRE-SALE: P500
REGULAR DOOR: P600VIP PRE-SALE: P1500
VIP DOOR: P2000

Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music” is presented by Rakista Radio and Red Horse
Beer Muziklaban; co-presented by Macbeth Philippines and TM; with Official Venue Partner, The
Cultural Center of the Philippines. Visit www.rakrakanfestival.com for more details.
*Please take note that the stage assignment of the bands and artists are still subject to change.
Head over to Rakrakan Festival 2020’s official Facebook page to tune in for updates.

A1's Mark Read sells items for the benefit of Taal Volcano relief efforts


Celebrities went all out when Taal Volcano erupted last January 12. Local artists pulled resources, donations, and prepared delicious meals for the evacuees while international stars expressed prayers and support to their fans affected by this calamity.

A1 boyband member Mark Read, who is very much close to his Filipino fans for the past 20 years, put an effort to sell some of his personal items used during his tours to raise funds for the victims.

These pre-loved and well-preserved jackets and some A1 signed merchandise are currently under charity auction on his Ebay account.

He posted on his Twitter, “All proceeds for these items will go straight to the Taal Volcano eruption relief efforts in the Philippines.”


                                           



More items will be up for fans interested to grab these collectibles.

                                                  



Taal Volcano is now down on alert level 3 as of the moment. Batangueños who are recovering from this calamity need more help and continuous support.