Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, also known as MKTO, recently signed to Columbia Records, offers vibrant mix of pop, hip-hop and R&B, crafted in an undeniably organic way, which makes the music sound as fun to the listener as it was for the two to make. It’s something evident on their upcoming debut album, Role Models, as well as their lead single, “Thank You.”
The Philippines’ Concert King Martin Nievera is celebrating his 30 years in the showbiz industry with a concert billed as 3D (Tatlong Dekada) The Repeat produced by Nolstead, Inc., backed up by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. "This is a great great honor to be with you tonight, the fact that we can show this Nolstead productions for having faith in me. We do it again," opens Martin Nievera in his repeat concert last 22 Nov 2013. Lucky to watched it with my music buddy that night, Tita Meann Cordova. Special thanks to Polyeast Records for making this possible.
American Idol star Jessica Sanchez lends her soaring vocals to the inspiring single, “Lead Me Home,” the first track available from the forthcoming Original Cast Recording, Heartbeat of Home. The full length album will be released under Decca/Universal Music Classics (MCA Music / Universal Music Philippines) in February 2014. Download the single “Lead Me Home” HERE.
Rock icon Bamboo is kicking off the Holiday season with a special benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda billed as “BELIEVE: Christmas @ Home with Bamboo” on 06 Dec 2013 at the Music Museum.
Parokya Ni Edgar’s Bente is a three-disc package which includes 2 audio CDs containing all their singles and a DVD with music videos of their greatest hits, their newest single ‘Ang Parokya’ featuring Gloc-9 and Frank Magalona, their first ever live performance and a short documentary about the history of Parokya ni Edgar as told by the band members themselves.
Sitti will be releasing Bossa Love on 28 Nov 2013, the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2011 release, with a concert moved to 18 Jan 2014 at the Music Museum. Sitti will be performing songs off the album as well as her most famous hits and will be joined by guests MCA Music artist Nyoy Volante and Jett Pangan.
Music Comes Alive for Visayas: A Benefit Show for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda
27 Nov 2013 | Eastwood Central Park | 4pm
Aisaku Yokogawa jams for a cause on his birthday gig at DINE, SING, & HELP the victims of Yolanda on 19 Nov 2013, 8pm at Society Lounge, Makati Avenue. Jammers, diners, listeners, donations are all welcome. Free Entrance and Free Valet Parking! 20% of the total sales that night goes to the Yolanda victims.
Happy birthday Aisaku! ;)
“Hulog Ka Ng Langit" is Regine Velasquez’s much-awaited album, a celebration of motherhood and the joy of love, released under Universal Records. Support the Asia’s Songbird as she wants her fans to celebrate her blessings with a string of special shows in “Hulog Ka Ng Langit” album tour:
16 Nov 2013 - Robinsons Magnolia, 5pm
20 Nov 2013 - Robinsons Manila, 5pm
28 Nov 2013 - SM Marilao, 5pm
01 Dec 2013 - SM Pampanga, 5pm
11 Dec 2013 - SM Sta. Rosa, 5pm
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire original motion picture soundtrack has a powerful, star-studded lineup revealed by Lionsgate and Republic Records featuring established music icons including seven-time Grammy® winning band Coldplay along with some of the hottest Billboard chart-topping artists like Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and MORE. It will be available in stores and online on November 18.
VerJube Photographics: Welcome to Our New Home!
We’ve been wanting a new home on the web and a place to call our own. Sharing you this artwork related to Gloc-9’s wonderful new album entitled Liham at Lihim. It’s the first article on our new website!
Though it’s still a work in progress, we invite you this early to please visit us at www.verjubephotographics.com. Let’s talk about music, take a look at how your favorite artists look like onstage and continue to experience live music.
We won’t be leaving this site because this is our first home, the original photo blog. We promise better coverage and content in the coming days. Hope to share more about our experiences, put it in video sometimes and publish everything that’s interesting to share.
And speaking of videos, you can watch new ones now! Enjoy!
Checkout this article about Gloc-9 in this LINK as we get to know more of the rap icon and talk about his newest outstanding record. May this artwork entice you to listen to his music, all that’s written were his song titles in the album.
We’re inspired by what Gloc-9 has said, "Gaya ng sinabi ni Jett Pangan noong minsan nag-usap kami, ‘everytime you do an album at everytime na gusto mong higitan o pantayan iyong previous one dapat hindi ka ma-pressure dahil kung ang intentions mo sa paggawa ng craft mo ay based sa pagmamahal mo sa trabahong iyan ay bibigyan at bibigyan ka ng puwede mong isulat.’” On that note, we look forward to giving you more relevant happenings as we progress because this is how much we love our craft and our audience.
Also, checkout more photos at his album’s press launch HERE. Support OPM!
Without music, life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Promoting live music gigs for November from your favorite local artists: Prince of Pop Erik Santos, Top Suzara & Jinky Vidal, Jed Madela, Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, Jose Mari Chan, Concert King Martin Nievera, KZ Tandingan, Philippines’ Queen of Bossa Nova Sitti Navarro and Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino. Spectacular music event like MYX Philippines’ Myx Mo 2013 & Greenfield District’s Greenlight Music Festival of the Season will also be held this November along with Elizabeth Ramsay’s concert for a cause and Maxie The Musicale’s month long run pre-holiday treat. C’mon now!
Maxie The Musical Shares a Different Kind of Experience
The long wait is finally over! It is exactly 10 days before Maxie The Musicale opens its doors in a month long run pre-holiday treat for everyone as they give a new life to the critically-acclaimed film Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros into a musical play led by Jayvhot Galang as Maxie and Jojo Riguerra as Victor Pere.
"This has been a two-year journey for us, many of my friends here will know that this has been a dream project for us to do and everyday has been spent living a dream. As the days passed, it becomes even more exciting for us to see the show come together and to see all of the people who supported the show appeared and express all their excitement for the show," says Bit by Bit Company executive producer Atty. Darwin Mariano as he opens the stage and thank everyone present in the launch the most delightful way. He also shared some inspiring bits of stories as to how this journey started for them and eventually for the film to become a musical adaptation.
Bit by Bit Company, in cooperation with the PETA Theater Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, proudly brings a beautiful love story between a 12 year-old gay lad who falls in love with a young, handsome police officer. It’s about the coming-of-age musical about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family.
Based on Michiko Yamamoto’s screenplay “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (ufo Pictures, 2005), “MAXIE THE MUSICALE: ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS” features book and lyrics by Nicolas B. Pichay, music by William Elvin Manzano, JJ Pimpinio, and Janine Santos, and direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos.
The screenplay of “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” was made into a film directed by Auraeus Solito and produced by ufo Pictures in 2005. It was the Philippines’ official entry to the 2007 Academy Awards and has won numerous other awards, including: 2005 Best Film from the Asian Festival of First Films, 2005 Best Picture from the Toronto Imagine Native Film Festival, 2005 Golden Zenith Award for Best Picture from the Montreal World Film Festival, 2006 Best Picture from the Gawad Urian, 2006 Teddy Award and Glass Bear Special Mention from the Berlin International Film Festival, and the 2007 Independent Spirit Award from the IFC Spirit Awards.
Press launch was held at Bed Manila and we’re presented with some production numbers from the cast singing featured songs that will be performed in the musical, an all OPM repertoire. Checkout photos HERE.
"It’s the movie but it’s not the movie. We added some other stuff which is not in the movie. But if you look at it, it really looks like the movie. Kung ano ‘yung nagustuhan natin sa Maxi, nand’un pa rin s’ya pero syempre if you let artists, writers, choreographers and musicians work on an adaptation, they will naturally put additional insights," says playwright and poet Nicolas Pichay.
"Through theater, it’s more exciting as it is translated into a dance or production number. I think one of the most important things is that it’s very conscious for everybody that we have to use the power of theater. We have to use a different kind of experience that it’s a live. And since it’s gonna be a musical, there will be a lot of dancing and a lot of songs. Kung ano iyong minahal n’yo sa Maxi, ‘yung kurot ng puso and’un pa rin. Everybody likes it because it has a homosexual feel to it and we believed that it’s just an icing on a cake," says director & choreographer Dexter Santos as he answered on how theater can be an effective medium to translate thoughts and feelings like what the film has shown.
We were asked by Mr. Pichay if the songs presented to us made it look like the movie? Honestly, I’m one of those who answered no. Not because of the songs because it sounded very good, contemporary and OPM but maybe because on how it was presented to us from a small stage like the Bed Manila. It’s not effective seeing the casts overflowing in the stage while singing grandiosely. May be my imagination failed me. Or that’s what we all wanted to find out in the musical, right?
Mr. Pichay was right, we should come to Maxie because of the songs, the musical arrangements and because it is live music. Since we’re promoting live music, Maxie is a live music performance so it must be good!
Watching the movie Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros again was my first task after the press launch and I believed the songs performed to us made justice to the scenes acted in the movie, it becomes more colorful and more interesting. They had a great job coming up such sound reminiscent of a community that built the film as reflected Maxie’s journey. Great job to the arrangers, musicians and songwriters who put it all up. See the musical, you’ll be surprise!
Bit by Bit Company’s “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” officially opens on November 9 and will run until December 8 at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila. For inquiries, you may contact Nick Guila (09151916394) or Marvin Olaes (09175336267), Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit their website, ticketworld.com.ph.
Schedule of Shows:
Check out this video and be able to listen to the tunes of Maxie, video by Rain De Ocampo.
Matchbox Twenty is an American rock band with members namely Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale who popularlized smash hits such as “Push”, “Bent,” “Unwell”, “If You’re Gone” and “Smooth” will be performing at Mall of Asia Arena on 08 Nov 2013 with nothing but their greatest and most unforgettable hits.
Sarah Geronimo: Perfect 10 is the Popstar Princess’ 10th year anniversary concert. Come and celebrate with Sarah Geronimo on 15 Nov 2013 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, 30 Nov 2013 at the MOA Arena and 07 Dec 2013 at Waterfront Hotel, Lahug Cebu City.