Sid and I arrived early at Route 196 – sometime at nine in the evening and the place was already full! A pleasant surprise since it was a Friday night of a long weekend and we expected people to be either out of town, vacationing, or over at the SM Mall of Asia grounds for the epic Tanduay Rhum Rock Fest.
It was nice to see Route 196 filled with a crowd of new, fresh, and yes, quite young, faces.
First up for the night was “Wake Up Call” – a newly-formed band from UST. Since they were new, they mostly did covers. And the night was off to a great start!
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.