The plane had just landed when I got a text from my friend and Potter’s Place co-teacher Eric asking me if I wanted to go to the Coffeebreak Island gig Friday night. I said, “Sure.” I haven’t seen Eric since his last visit at our old apartment in Bonn St. the year before.

I like Coffeebreak Island. The first time I got to watch them perform was at this random night out H and I had, after watching a play in CCP, in the old Xaymaca back in 2008. We liked them enough to buy their album and we liked them even more after watching them perform at the very first Bagasbas Surf Camp in May 2008. (Click here to see the photos from that event.)

I have been to Merci Bar only once before. It was for a Flush and the Toilets gig. I was very much surprised to see a packed Merci Bar, nothing like I have seen before. The place was teeming with people and energy! I had especially liked watching two toddlers dancing with their parents by the tables. Maybe some day I’ll bring my own daughter too. Someday. I’ll have to go home early though if I did!

Anyway, Coffee Break Island came onstage early – about ten thirty!

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

There were a lot of people and I made sure I was not too close to the stage. There was a lot of dancing and singing along. A friend of Eric’s came to us after some time, and asked us if we wanted to sit at their table. It was already empty so we came around. It was from this table that I opted to take the videos (which I will upload soon), because it was safe enough, away from the rowdy crowd, though quite far, and my view was obstructed by dancing people, other photographers, other people taking videos, half the time. Eric took this photo of us. (Thanks Eric!)

CBI Album Launch at Merci Bar & Resto

After watching more performances (Dong Abay amazed me much), I decided to go home. It was still early, at about one in the morning. I took the time to buy a copy of their “No Hero” cd and to my amazement, the band members were gracious enough to autograph it themselves, without my asking them. Paul was quite drunk by then, and he actually said to me, “Don’t mind what I wrote. I can’t understand it myself!” That was really funny. I like their new album by the way. I think I actually like it better than the first one. I hope to catch one of their live performances again sometime. It’s always lovely to be a part, or even just witness, that kind of vibrating energy.

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