The last time I was at Freedom Bar was in 2008, when we went there on a Monday night for jazz night. I have not found the opportunity to be there since. When I told H I was going to Cynthia Alexander’s gig at 70s Bistro on this night, he said, “Can we also go to Freedom Bar after? One of my favorite bands is playing, as well as a band of my officemates.”
The plan was to go there after Cynthia’s gig, but since he could not get inside Bistro, I was tired from standing so long, not to mention hungry and thirsty, we decided to hop to Freedom Bar before and for the first part of Cynthia’s gig.
Outer Limits + Cross Fade Productions presents this June 22 “Dhruva Tara’s 2nd Anniversary + Zel (December Avenue), Jeibi (Electric Princess) & Moki (Dhruva Tara) Birthday gig” at Freedom Bar with performances by:
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Electric Princess was playing when we arrived.
Jeibi Joves on guitars/backing vocals
RA Capili on drums/percussion
Flos Bassman on bass
Mark Mijares on mouth and guitars
The place was also packed! There were a lot of people inside, at the lobby outside, and even downstairs hanging out. I thought, “Wow, why are so many people out on this night?” because I knew too that there were other events at BKB (Mr Bones & the Boneyard Circus, Giniling Festival, Reklamo, Tetas and the Twat, Flying Ipis), Route 196 (Katipunan Magazine Launch with Up Dharma Down), Saquijo (Karl Roy Have a Piece of This Album Launch Bar Tour), PapaJeks (General Luna with The Chongkeys) and Blackbird (Borrachos and Indio I). It’s great though, to know that the music scene is alive and kicking! I hope there will be a lot of support for our local artists and I hope more people would come out to enjoy the music.
It was actually my first time to see these bands play…
For the meantime, here’s a link to that song:
Tell your goodnight to the light and close your eyes
There’s a better place for you than to stay awake
You’ll get closer to a paradise of dreamers in love
You’ll get better like heaven has done something
So lay now
Hear me all through the night/I’ll take over the night
There’s no teardrop, You can count on me tonight
Or i’ll stay up with you
Baby it’s alright
I’ll be right by your side
No need to cry out loud
Nothing to cry about
Baby it’s alright
I’ll be just by your side
I’ll keep you on my sight
I’ll never leave ’til you sleep tonight
Cover you with my arms and hold you tight
I’ll be listening to your wonderful and calm little voice
I’ll keep watching ’til my eyes burn down
I’ll never sleep, I’ll never leave, Im gonna chase this dream tonight
– December Avenue
Zel Bautista – Vocals | Guitars
Jem Manuel – Guitars
Don Gregorio – Bass
Jet Danao – Drums | B. Vocals
Freedom Bar reminds me so much of Wharf Galley in Naga City, it has the same vibe and almost the same crowd.
While I was there, I got to eat, drink and relax a little. I was so thirsty I gulped down two glasses of iced tea, among others things.
The menu is limited. I wanted an Antonov but they didn’t have it, so I settled for a margarita and a zombie. The prices are reasonable and the food is ok. It really felt like being at Wharf…
I stayed to watch three bands play, before going back to Bistro for Cynthia’s last songs. I took this photo of Jeibi, guitarist of Electric Princess, who was celebrating his birthday, with H and their other officemates.
After Cynthia’s gig was over, I went back to Freedom Bar, just in time to catch the last band play about four songs, and stayed there til 4am. Over all, it was a great night for music and friends. I hope everyone else had a beautiful Friday night!