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No Ordinary Summer with Franco, Urbandub and Queso [Update!]

B-Side By April 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Along with the new logo (awesome logo by the way), is the new venue and new poster for Cross Fade Productions‘ No Ordinary Summer gig with full-set performances from FrancoUrbandubQueso with Salamin and Dhruva Tara.

The venue has been moved to the B-Side courtyard, with the same ticket price. All previous ticket holders can use the same ticket.

Here is the Facebook event page:

For more information, contact/connect through the following:

Contact number:  +63.916.312.2483

To get to the venue:

The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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Lookin Forward to January 2013

B-Side, Freedom Bar, Music, Travel Factor By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

These are some of the gigs I would be seen at in the next two weeks, feel free to come join. 😉

January 11, 2013
Open by 7:00pm
Gate: p150



The Chongkeys
Top Junk

2nd floor Anonas Commercial Complex
# 3 Anonas Road Project 3, Q.C.

for reservations and inquiries call or text 0917.9037124 / 0919.8144885

It is the first gig for 2013 for these bands and because I have a deep love for The Chongkeys, as we were together for three straight days in January 2012 for their Bicol Express tour, that is enough reason for me to go. I have missed them and I’m looking forward to a fun night!

Wilabaliw played at a bar I owned in July 2011 but I did not really get to meet any of them, except for their roadies Jean Paul and Lemon, at that time. I was up to my ears with work and other concerns at that time to actually hang out with them.

And I am a fan of Top Junk‘s music even before any of them became my friends. (As a side note, hey, I have four Session Road and Top Junk shirts but I have yet to get my Chongkeys shirt! You better have my size now Andrei!)

I am definitely shooting on this night.

But best of all, a friend of mine from grad school whom I have not seen in years is coming too to hang out. She is a big Wilabaliw fan. I hope I do not get too happy puffy (read: drunk) on this night though as the much-awaited….


Travel Factor New Year Party is happening on the next night, with performances from our beloved bands:

Coffeebreak Island
The Discoball
Paranoid City

Travel Factor will be giving away prizes from Victory LinerPara’Kito Philippines,OtterBoxThe HeadWare and of course, awesome trips!.

Tickets are available at the door for P250, comes with 1 free beer and a raffle stub.

The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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And the week after, another much-awaited event is happening at the same venue! It is my good friends Your Imaginary Friends album launch!

in association with Shoplifters United

Your Imaginary Friends
EP launching party

January 19 at B-side.
9pm, 150 bucks with one free beer.

with performances by:
Taken by Cars
Techy Romantics
Ang Bandang Shirley

Facebook event page is here.

As one of the ArtisteConnect pledgers, I am looking forward to getting my CD, t-shirt (second one, yehey!) and sticker. And seeing my name on the insert. 😛

Though drummer Eric Po and I are batchmates at the same city, him in the all-boys school and me in the all-girls one, we never really met until that one night at B-Side, after we finalized the plans of their having a homecoming gig at my bar in December 2011.

Brothers Ahmad and Khalid Tanji are also from Bicol and Ahmad had one of the best bands during its time in Legazpi, called The Pepsi Paloma Experiment, and actually went to Ateneo de Naga University, but we have also never met before sometime mid-2011.

They now have Emerald Aquino on bass, taking over Tanya Singh’s duties, and all is good! I met Tanya Singh though before I met any of YIF’s members, she plays bass for Tetas and the Twat, another band of drummer Che Santos, whom I met through Flush and the Toilets, a band composed of then-housemates John Villareal and Repists Roma Regala and Amrei Dizon. Now, Roma and Amrei, we go way back to 2000, when our lives and Kiko Machine’s, The Discoball’s and Matilda‘s lives were more intertwined. Oh, the past is so sweet. Tetas and the Twat, Flush and the Toilets, The Discoball all played at my bar in 2011, while Kiko Machine and Stonefree played way earlier, back when I was still not a part of the bar.

See you guys!!!


Raise to 1M Drive Fundraising Gigs – Dec. 11 at B-Side, Makati

B-Side, Music By November 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Here’s another reason why we should support Original Pinoy Music (OPM) and our local musicians and artists – because they are always willing to lend a hand and support causes.

My friend Ryan Mostar, whom I have been close friends with since we were thirteen is giving his kidney to his sister Kanji, who has been diagnosed in 2006 with IgA nephropathy, also called Berger’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections settles in the kidneys causing scarring and inflammation and eventually progresses into kidney failure.

For the past six years, Kanji Mostar has been undergoing medication but her kidneys are now only functioning at 12% and a kidney transplant is needed. This November 2012, Kanji will be taking a series of tests, together with her brother, in preparation for the kidney transplant operation. The cost of the transplant operation is far beyond what the family can handle alone and is asking for support in the Raise to 1M Drive. Our involvement, may it be financial, medical, spiritual, will certainly help improve the struggle Kanji is fighting, not just to survive, but live.

I went to my friends and asked them how we could help – and this is how we are trying.

We are organizing a series of fundraising gigs in the hope that it will be able to help in the Raise to 1M Drive. There will be one at Amos Cafe, Anonas QC on Dec 7, as well as on Dec 11 at B-Side, The Collective, Makati. Do support by spreading the word and by coming to the gigs.

Here is the Kidney for Kanji Facebook page for more info: The Official Page of the 1M Drive for Kanji’s Kidney Transplant.

Watch a gig for a cause. Come to B-Side on December 11 and help raise 1M for Kanji’s kidney transplant.

Click here for more info regarding the beneficiary:

With performances by Gaijin, Fuseboxx, Your Imaginary Friends, Paranoid City and Flying Ipis.

Happening on December 11, 2012 at B-Side, The Collective. Tickets are Php 150, inclusive of one drink. Gates open 9pm.

Facebook event page is here. Please share and invite your friends.

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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Special thanks to our friends at Fortstream Entertainment,, B-Side Makati, and for organizing and spearheading this event. It would not be possible without your support.



The Chongkeys at the Gala Magazine Launch at B-Side Makati

B-Side, Music By September 23, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I was at Balay Tubay* one Friday night when I heard the band play a cover of The ChongkeysDiksyonaryo, and I thought, “Oh wow, I miss the band! I should come see them in one of their gigs when I come back.”

I flew in to Manila from Puerto Princesa on September 13th, and that night, I was at B-Side. Already! Looking really tan and shiny too!

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati


Gigs around the Metro – Aug 22-31, 2012

70s Bistro, B-Side, Music By August 19, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

70’s BISTRO – AUGUST 22, 2012

Return to innocence with the precise care of your beloved musical sponsors:


Have a banana.

Facebook event page is here:

Detailed blog post is HERE.

B-SIDE – AUGUST 22, 2012

Visit the Chronic Wheeze Facebook page here for updates and more details ->


Gigs this Week All Around the Metro – Aug 15-18

Amos Cafe, B-Side, Black King's Bar, Blackbird Makati, Music, Route 196, Saguijo By August 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments


PINOYTUNER LIVE, Rock Ed Philippines, and Dakila present:


A benefit show for flood victims

With performances by:











Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Show starts at 9PM sharp!

SaGuijo Cafe, 7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City

P150 entrance

All proceeds will go to the victims of the recent floods brought about by the monsoon rains. Donations in kind will also be accepted.


THE POP SHOPPE! @ Route 196 Barwith
The Camerawalls
The Gentle Isolation
Your Imaginary FriendsHappening this Wednesday, August 15 (9PM) at ROUTE 196
Entrance is P150 + 1 drink

presents “Rock For Rights”
August 15, 2012 @ AMOS Bar, Kamias, QC.

Jejaview (OFFICIAL)
Electric Princess
Escape to Nevada
The Shocking Details


Hope you can all join ZALORA’s Fashion Fights the Flood Fundraiser this August 15, 2012 at Skye Lounge. KC Concepcion will be selling some of her clothes. ALL proceeds will go to charity. If you can’t make it, No problem! Anyone can support by donating through Zalora’s site from the links – P1000 DonationP250 DonationP500 Donation.

The event will feature local bands such as Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, Out of Body Special, Maude, Sleepwalk Circus and Cara Manglapus and The Executives, all of which who have generously agreed to donate their time and talent in support of the relief effort.

If you will be unable to attend, you can still submit electronic donations on the ZALORA website.

An event page is here:


Ichiban Festival 2012 at B-Side – August 11

B-Side, Music By July 22, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments
***AUGUST 11***
NAGISA MUSIC FESTIVAL (Japan) & B-SIDE Proudly Present ICHIBAN FESTIVAL 2012 !!!Special Guest: TOYO-STAR straight from JAPAN (The Star Festival, Japan)DJs:





Chronic Wheeze at B-Side, July 26

B-Side, Music By July 19, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

For more info on Chronic Wheeze, visit their Facebook page, click here.


Info on B-Side Makati:

Check out B-Side’s Facebook page here:

Or listen to B-SIDE RADIO at

They also have a website at

B-Side is located inside The Collective, located at Malugay St., parallel to Buendia or Sen. Gil Puyat. The Collective is at the other end of Malugay St., near Cash & Carry and Osmena Highway.

In going there, best route would be:
2. Turn RIGHT after you cross the TRAIN TRACKS (takes you along South Super / Osmena)
3. Take an immediate RIGHT on MALUGAY street
4. The COLLECTIVE is on the left side… next to THE LINEAR (under construction). Follow the music!

Don’t get lost!

Map is here.

Tingnan ang Mas Malaking Mapa



The Pinoy Dub Rockers Compilation vol.2 – July 20 at B-Side

B-Side, Music By July 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Ruffer than Ruff, Tuffer than Tuff! The Pinoy Dub Rockers Compilation vol.2 launch!


Junior Kilat
Dreadknot Used
Flat Circo
Dubration I
Royal South Soundsystem
Little Echo
Science Project
Red I
Lady I

Live Performances by:

Dreadknot Used/Flact Circo x Dubration I/Little Echo(Solo Set)/Red I/ and Reunion Gig of the ORIGINAL Members of Goodleaf! ! !

Enter the gates of Echo Chamber by 9pm. July 20,2012 (Friday)
No Door Charge, Just Dubwise! only at B-SIDE!

Check out the event page here:


The Discoball at the Fete dela Musique 2012 Rock Stage B-Side

B-Side, Music, Photography By June 27, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I arrived at The Collective at nine thirty in the evening, and the streets were crowded with cars as people spilled from the venue into the streets. The place was absolutely jampacked! It was not hard for me to find Dax Carnay though, as he was onstage right that moment, hosting while Mei Bastes took a little break.

The Discoball - Fete de la Musique 2012 Rock Stage

I arrived two bands before The Discoball played and that gave us the chance to hang out first, get some drinks, do a bit of small talk, and observe the different kinds of people in the crowd. The crowd was awesome! You could see the musicians, artists, yuppies, “little black men”, rastas, Filipinos, foreigners clustered together here and there.

I was so tempted to walk around and take photos of this very very interesting mix of people but I was running out of batteries.

The Discoball - Fete de la Musique 2012 Rock Stage

The Discoball - Fete de la Musique 2012 Rock Stage

Check out the people in the background! What a great crowd.

Soon enough, I heard The Discoball doing sound check in the background and I rushed off towards the stage to take photos. They had a guest percussionist, Rio Domingo.

The Discoball - Fete de la Musique 2012 Rock Stage


GigPh 2nd Anniversary Special at B-Side – June 30, 2012

B-Side, Music By June 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

About GIG.PH

GIG.PH is the best online source for today’s hottest gigs in the Philippines. For inquiries, please e-mail us at and for bands Get listed –> Follow us!

GIG.PH was formed by four individuals who share the same passion for music in July 23, 2010. Realizing the need for one place that would serve as an all-in-one package when it comes to providing all the information on the latest gigs, concerts, bands, local productions and the best bars for hosting events, they conceptualized

The website aims to advertise local productions and their gigs while helping artists promote their music and talent. In line with this, would like to showcase the bars around the metro that are considered the best when looking for a place to host an event, as well as the small-time bars that seem to be a perfect fit for hosting gigs.

Most importantly, GIG.PH aims to build friendship and camaraderie within the industry through one advocacy: Filipino Music.

LIKE GIG.PH on Facebook here:

Official website at:


Chronic Wheeze 24 at B-Side Makati – June 26, 2012

B-Side, Music By June 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

 Collie Herb, Lokal Graphics and Chronic Wheeze will be launching their shirts.

Collie Herb

8 pcs. Fresh, Musically Inclined Men
1 cup Superb Rendition of Cover Songs
250 ml. Original Composition
1/2 cup Foreign Influences 
Dice of Grooves Chops of Positive Vibration Hardwork Discipline Passion Syrup Slices of Island Reggae Music Slices of Dancehall Reggae Music Peace Love Truly Pinoy Adaptation Mix together 8 musically inclined men and stir-fry with discipline, hardwork and passion to Reggae Music until red yellow green. Add chops positive vibration, dice of groove, foreign influences and slices of Island & Dancehall Music. Remove from heat, serve on a platter of Truly Pinoy Adaptation and glaze with Sexy and Mesmerizing Original Compositions. Serve with dreadlock on the side, sprinkle with Peace and top with Love! Serve HOT! Best Serve with Good Vibration! 

Facebook page at
Official website at


MARTIN ALVAREZ – vocals/perx
WILSON VALLE – bass/back up vocals
KIM CASTILLO – keyboards/back up vocals
BUBOY HADLOCON – perx/back up vocals
JR IBAÑEZ – trumpet/back up vocals
EMER SULIT – trombone/back up vocals
JONG MANUEL – Lead Guitars
VRYAN MANUEL – Rhythm Guitars