June 22 was one epic night. I knew a lot of people and friends who wanted to go to the send-off gig at Bistro on that night but tickets were sold out. I only managed to snag one because a group of my friends had a number of tickets reserved and I got one out of that. Many of my friends were not so lucky and had to go home…

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

I arrived at 70s Bistro at nine in the evening, and there was a crowd of people swarmed around the ticket booth by the entrance. The people manning the ticket booth were holding a list of reservations and a wait list. When I got in, the place was already packed with about a hundred people. I inched my way into my favorite spot at Bistro, right behind the balustrade in between the tech booth and the stage, which I liked because it afforded the best view for taking photos and videos, a place to sit my things on, like a bottle of beer or my bag, and easy access to going to the bar or the door if I needed to get out.

Nityalila promptly opened the night at 9:45PM, with guest band mates Miko Aguilar on bass, Reli de Vera on drums, and featuring Taiwanese pipa player and collaborator Chung Yufeng.

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Nityalila Saulo is the daughter of owner and proprietor of Khumbmela & Yadu bags, Edwin “Yadu” Saulo. She was born and raised in a family of Yoga practitioners and vegetarians. She first picked up her dad’s guitar at the early age of seven. At fourteen, she started exploring her writing abilities and by sixteen, she had written her first original composition.

Her lyrics are highly influenced by the Vedic and the Filipino culture that speaks about her heritage, essence, function, and position in life. Her music is rooted in folk infused with rock and world music.

Nityalila (using her first name as her band’s name) is an independent group of Filipino musicians advocating Filipino Pride, Human Rights, and Environmental Issues through Music and the Arts. It was formed in 2003 by singer-songwriter and music producer Nityalila Saulo. Joining her on stage are members Miko Aguilar on bass, Sandy Baliong on drums, Tim Cada on guitars, Vaishnava on percussions, and sometimes joined by other independent musicians all over the world for collaborations… (Read more…)

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Catch Nityalila’s OM SHANTI SHOAL TOUR with full details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/328101130602545/

Know more about her
on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nityalila/10782704253
and on her
Official Website: http://www.nityalila.com

Also, catch her at the 6th Backdoor Ventures ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL Day 2, Saturday, July 14, 2012

After Nityalila, Peryodiko was supposed to come onstage, but when Vin Dancel came on, he said he had guest bandmates with him and introduced them one by one: Mark Escueta of Rivermaya on percs, Karel Honasan of Yosha on bass, Kwachi Vergara of Lampano Alley/Color It Red on lead, and Alden Abaca of Malay on drums.

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Vin was joking about not having practiced for this and it was actually fun to watch Karel’s facial expressions. The band nevertheless did a wonderful job.

Find Peryodiko
on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peryodiko/77830181344
on Wiki: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Peryodiko
on BandCastpel: http://band.castpel.com/peryodiko
and here: http://www.filipinomusica.com/peryodiko.html

I spotted some of my friends amongst the crowd and H was outside the venue texting me, telling me he could not get in, and that the venue was so packed that not even Cynthia could get in. She was hanging out (or hiding) at the street corner. H said, “Okay na ako kahit di makapasok. May picture na ako with Cynthia!” He said he was heading over to Freedom Bar instead, where some of his friends were playing too. I told him I was coming with him. I had photos with and of my friends taken as I was on my way out.

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

And finally, I see Cynthia indeed at the other end of the street and politely asked her if I could have a picture with her, and she was very gracious about it. Thanks Cynthia!

Cynthia Alexander Send Off Gig at 70s Bistro

I went off to Freedom Bar for a bit and came back to catch Cynthia play about 10 more songs. Photos and videos on the Part 2 of this blog.

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