Catch Johnoy Danao onstage, today, May 4, as he goes south once again for another session at the Cul de Sac of Westgate in Alabang.
Japs was having a little chitchat on stage with the hosts while Bogs was busily setting up all his effects gadgets. He was asked when their last gig was, he just smiled and said he cannot even remember when their last gig was.
Red Horse Muziklaban again held one of the biggest gathering of the country’s best rock bands last February 2, 2013.
So many bands performed in this event that I have to cut this post part by part.
First up are none other than the guitarists that rocked the night.
Paolo Peralta of Turbo Goth
Paolo Peralta performed alongside Ely Buendia and his band Pupil. Even with Ely’s presence, it was not hard to be awed by his performance and his flying guitar.
Tirso Ripoll of Razorback
I am not exactly sure what was going on when I took this photo. But hey, its Tirso Ripoll and for anyone who has been a fan of Razorback surely knows how they strut their stuff.
Ocho Toleran of Queso
Paolo Toleran, most known as Eight or Ocho performed with Queso (formerly Cheese). He also became part of the supergroup Franco, which surprisingly had recently fallen out.
Francis Brew Reyes of Peso Movement; RHB’s main event host
Francis Reyes, formerly of NU 107’s In the Raw, former guitarist of The Dawn, current guitarist for Peso Movement is one of the best guitarists there is in the Philippines. I am not just saying that because I am a fan, but I really do have high respects for this man.
Manuel Legarda of Razorback
Manuel Legarda is also from Razorback and of course Wolfgang. Aside from his mestizo good looks, his rapid guitar riffs has earned him the “Guitarist of the Year” award from NU 107 rock awards.
Pepe Smith performed with Juan Dela Cruz (well, not really the original line up). He is recognized as Philippine’s Rock Living Legend. Even in his age, he can still strut out the tunes, “Gusto ko mag-swimming sa balong malalim”.
Ely Buendia of Pupil
Frontman and guitarist of Pupil, Ely Buendia is another rock legend. He may not be the best guitarist there is but his very presence on stage sends out an aura of confidence and intimidation.
This was not a typical gig night for us. We were in an art studio, spacious enough to appreciate works of art, layout some paint canvass, drink booze and homey enough to just sit in a comfy sofa or a rocking chair if you like, and appreciate good (loud!) music.
Armi Millare (vocals/keyboards), Paul Yap (bassist), Ean Mayor (drummer), Carlos Tanada (guitarist)
Capacities is the latest album to be released by Up Dharma Down after 4 long years. Previously released tracks – Indak and Tadhana are included in this long-awaited album along with danceable, electro-poppish title track, Turn It Well.