a1, An intimate show to relive our youth

The boys of a1 were 6689 miles away from home when they took the stage at Kia Theater on Sunday night during a stop on their Asia leg of the “Here We Come…Back!’ tour. But that distance in measures didn’t stop them from making everyone feel right at home. A1 are a British-Norwegian pop group…

The Long Run, Experience the Eagles…

Although, there’s a select group of music aficionados who scoff at the idea of a tribute band, it’s generally the real deal or no deal at all. Well, if that was your mindset for last Saturdays concert at the Theater at Soliare then you were missing out. Granted, many tribute bands may include artists that…

Gracenote, multi-talented with emotion…

Multi instrumentalists never cease to impress me, and Eunice Jorge, the lead vocalist of Gracenote, did just that. Performing with gusto on lead vocals but also throwing in on keyboards, guitar and violin. The band was fronting for Against the Current, who I had photographed before, but not so with these guys. This is the…

Pentatonix, skilled performance and enthusiastic crowd…

This concert combined joyous shrieks, music with no instruments, and a skilfully executed stage-show. Pentatonix may not be a household name for many, but don’t tell that to the nearly sold out crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. This five member, a cappella group consists of Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, Kevin…

Against the Current, third times a charm.

This is the third visit to Manila for the alternative pop rock band out of Poughkeepsie, New York with the three core members consisting of Chrissy Costanza on lead vocals, Dan Gow on guitar and Will Ferri on drums. Relative newcomers to the music scene, they initially made their claim to fame about five years…

Sponge Cola, EP release party

There’s an animated series my kids and I are fond of, called “Phineas and Ferb”, it’s basically about two young boys and their antics battling their boredom during summer vacation. They have a teenaged sister, named Candace, constantly attempting to squeal on them to Mom about their daily crazy mischief. Candace is often concerned with…

Engelbert Humperdinck, he’s still got it

Growing up in a middle income suburb, my siblings and I had everything growing kids would need. Like so many households in America, the front living room of your house was off limits for children, that’s where our parents kept the good stuff. Only allowed to enter for special events or if we had some special…

Sam Tsui & Kurt Hugo Schneider…

Sam Tsui was up next, accompanied by Kurt Hugo Schneider on the piano for most of the set. Kurt also accompanied Tiffany for one song but took center stage when Sam took a break. His stripped-down version of Kina Grannis’ “Where You Are” was impressive – just him and a guitar, highlighting his vocal talents. Sam also has an elaborately animated…