It was an intimate night for all the musicians and indie fans alike. On candle-lit tables, one can relax and bare his soul while enjoying the intimate, soulful performances of the line up prepared by Stages Sessions.
The Gig Circuit’s final leg happened at 19 East Bar and Grill in Paranaque. It was my first time going to the South, and it was all worth it. The place was great, the ambiance was great, the food was great, the line up, superb–you can’t ask for more. You know what they say, you save the best for last. And this last installment, indeed, was the best.
6. Gio Levy pumped up the night with his choreographed songs
Gio Levy opened the night in high spirits and high notes with his groovy dance moves. Together with his band, they performed “Let Her Know” and “Struck Out” with choreography that livened up the night. His high notes and energy affected the crowd to dance to the beat.
5. We had Coeli to serenade us
Coeli San Luis gives you a glimpse of heaven with her angelic voice and melodic cello. She performed “Glorify” as her opening song, her acoustic tearjerker, a magical duet with Miguel Guico from Ben&Ben of “Magkaibigan o Magka-ibigan.” As expected, Coeli amused the audience with her set.
4. Keiko welcomed the crowd with her new music
Change is not always bad. In fact, new music opens a whole lot of opportunities for the rising indie artists like Keiko Necesario. She still maintains her sexy, raspy voice, but instead of doing it rock or acoustic, she belts it out to “electro folk.” Check out her upcoming EP featuring new songs like “Highway.”
3. Ethnic instruments + Acoustic guitar = Bullet Dumas’ music
The ethnic instruments kept the night fully alive, as Bullet Dumas sang his hits like “Limguhit” and “Ninuno.” His quirky antics made the crowd even more comfortable, and he made the night all the more enjoyable and intimate.
2. The Apartel’s groovy retro and soul music
A band full of talented musicians, complete with wind instruments (trumpet, trombone and saxophone), comes The Apartel, a new band formed by renowned music icon, Ely Buendia, and bar owner, Jay Ortega. The name was inspired by a band called, The Motels.
The band is relatively new, yet you can’t deny their expertise in music. The Apartel’s songs are like the 80s songs you hear yet with a modern, millennial touch to it. The Apartel is a band to watch out for.
1. Curtismith’s play of words
Lastly, who does not know Curtismith? This talented young lad will bring out the inner swag in you, as he demonstrates his play of words in his rap songs. This rising world-renowned talent will surely make your heart flutter in his rhymes; so much so that you may want to join his growing fanbase.
It’s been a wonderful journey watching the different gigs prepared by Stages Sessions. Surely, I will be on the look-out for future events that showcases young Filipino talents in the indie scene. #SupportOPM #SupportLocalIndieScene
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