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Musicians perform for a cause in “Resbak Para Kay Gab”: Ebe Dancel, The Itchyworms, Rivermaya, Kamikazee, and more

Some of the biggest artists in local music are performing in “Resbak Para Kay Gab,” happening on 4 March 2023 at 123 Block, Mandala Park.

The show is for the benefit of their fellow musician and friend, Gab Chee Kee (of Parokya Ni Edgar fame) who has been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2022.

“As of last week, his bill is already at PHP 8 million and counting (which) is no joke. He was just released from the ICU after more than a month, and is now in rehab to help his mobility after more than a month in bed,” shares Ebe Dancel who will be performing at the said event.

Joining Dancel in the lineup are bands Riverymaya, The Itchyworms, Kamikazee, 6CycleMind, and Gracenote. Fans can look forward to long sets from all the music artists who will be performing that night. Everyone included in the lineup will also be performing for free.

“Gab is well-loved because he cares about everyone. He will always be the first person there for you when you need help. We’re simply repaying him for his love and generosity throughout the years,” Dancel adds. “His battle has just begun, so every centavo counts. We’ll see you on March 4 and we promise to make it worth your time.”

Tickets are available at PHP 1,500 via Backspacer Records. Monetary help is also welcome and can be sent via the QR codes below:

For more information about Gab Chee Kee and his condition, parties interested in helping may contact Kha Santia at 0917 5580838.

Filipino folk-pop band The Ransom Collective to stage reunion concert next month

The Ransom Collective return to the live stage after years of remote collaborations and pursuing individual projects.

Aptly titled Hello Again: The Ransom Collective Reunion Show, the outdoor concert marks the first time that they will be performing together as a band in three years. The event is set to take place at 123 Block in Mandala Park on February 4, 2022 (Saturday), from 6 p.m. onwards.

Aside from headlining the concert, the six-piece act is also set to perform a long set, featuring some of their most notable songs, as well as new ones in their repertoire.

They’re also dishing some rearranged numbers with guest sessionists to further elevate the attendees’ concert-going experience.

“It’s been over two years since we’ve all been in the same room together,” the indie folk outfit shares in a statement. “Life has taken each of us in all sorts of different directions. After countless Zoom meetings and remote collaboration, we are so excited to finally have the chance to create and perform live together once again.”

The reunion show is also the band’s way of expressing gratitude to their fans, who have continued to support and inspire them through their journey as musicians. Sharing the stage are some of their peers and contemporaries in the music industry, including Cheats, syd hartha, and Gabba. Special merch will be available at the venue, and there will be booths and activities curated especially for the attendees.

“We’ll only be complete for about a month, so we want to make the most of it,” the Traces act explains. “We’ll be squeezing in as much time as we can jam and experiment with new material while we practice and prepare for our reunion show on February 4th. We’re planning to play a long set, maybe even our longest ever. We’ve got some special guests lined up and a few surprises planned for the evening.”

Hello Again: The Ransom Collective Reunion Show is presented by GNN Entertainment Productions and The Ransom Collective.

Tickets to the show are available for purchase starting January 5 (Thursday) at 6pm via bit.ly/helloagaintrc.

Ebe Dancel marks 20th anniversary of Sugarfree’s Sa Wakas with campus-themed music fair

Filipino alternative rock icon Ebe Dancel celebrates the enduring legacy of Sugarfree’s Sa Wakas with an experiential treat that brings to mind the colorful vibe of UP Fair and the intimacy of a packed, outdoor event.
SA WAKAS: 20th Anniversary Celebration marks another milestone for the multi-awarded singer-songwriter as he brings to life the classic anthems that define an entire generation.

The highly anticipated show will take place at 123 Block, Mandala Park on January 28, 2022 (Saturday), from 4:30pm onwards, and feature a full-length, all-Sugafree set by Ebe Dancel, with special participation of Mitch Singson, as well as guest performances by Cheats, Johnoy Danao, The Itchyworms and more.

To make the celebration more special and personal, important personalities who were part of making Sa Wakas will also be gracing the event, either as performers or as special guests.
Not only will there be live music, but Mandala Park will also be turned into an amusement venue with carnival games and rides, arts and crafts booths, record and book stores, food stands, and other immersive activities.

“At the core of Sa Wakas is nostalgia shaped by bittersweet memories and adolescent discoveries,” says Ian Urrutia, PR and Marketing Director of GNN Entertainment Productions. “We want to honor the impact of Sugarfree’s debut album by reliving the simple joys of going to college or university fairs with friends, family, and loved ones. Looking back doesn’t have to be getting stuck in the past. Sometimes, it’s okay to experience the old times with fondness and a different perspective as it gives new meaning to these memories. We’re finding means not to reimagine Sa Wakas, but to celebrate it: a record that feels like a tight embrace at the end of the dark days.”

Backspacer Records, one of the co-presenters of the show, also shared their excitement in mounting a celebration of this caliber. “It has always been our aim at Backspacer Records to help channel music from the past into the present through our vinyl record releases. In the past year, we have successfully produced and released Ebe Dancel’s Bawat Daan and Habangbuhay albums on vinyl. And now, for the first time, we get to bring you a live music experience with the Sa Wakas 20th Anniversary show. As Ebe Dancel’s fans since his Sugarfree days, this is such a treat for us: to mark this important milestone with a throwback celebration, complete with a fun and laid-back college fair vibe. This night will definitely be a nostalgia trip, full of reminiscing while singing along to songs that have become the soundtracks of our youth.”

Special merch will be sold exclusively at the venue, and select Ebe Dancel albums and other important local/foreign records will be available via Backspacer Records.

SA WAKAS: 20th Anniversary Celebration is presented by GNN Entertainment Productions and Backspacer Records, in partnership with 123 Block and Balcony Entertainment.

Tickets to SA WAKAS: 20th Anniversary Celebration are available for purchase starting January 3 (Tuesday) at 6pm via bit.ly/sawakas20.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Regular: ₱1,300.00
VIP with M&G and signed poster: ₱1,800.00
VIP with vinyl bundle and M&G (limited): available at Backspacer Records’ official website

Pamungkas, Ben&Ben, Munimuni, and more to perform at GNN Presents: Gimme Shelter

After holding hybrid and online events during the height of the pandemic, GNN Entertainment returns with Gimme Shelter, an outdoor music show happening on August 6, 2022, Saturday at the 123 Block, Mandala Park in Mandaluyong City.

“Named after The Rolling Stones’ classic 1969 single, Gimme Shelter recognizes the impact of live music as home to a lot of people, and in many aspects, serves as a reprieve from the agonizing uncertainty that defined the early years of the pandemic,” says GNN Entertainment producer Milley Habito in a statement. “Somehow, we’re bringing back the homey and comforting vibe of attending live shows, where patrons are excited to experience a music gig in a venue filled with strangers and familiar faces.”

Indonesia’s most-streamed artist of 2021, Pamungkas is set to headline the serialized event, and will mark his first time to perform in the Philippines.

The Jakarta-based singer-songwriter continues to make waves in the region with the hit single “To The Bone” peaking at no. 1 on Spotify Indonesia’s Top 50 charts and no. 5 on Spotify Philippines’ Top 50 charts for multiple weeks. Earlier this year, he was also recently nominated for Best Solo Asian Act at the BandLab NME Awards 2022—thanks to the massive popularity and critical acclaim of his 2021 album, Solipsism 0.2.

Pamungkas is gearing up for a Southeast Asian tour to promote his fourth studio album, Birdy with stops in major cities across Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Ahead of their North American tour and an upcoming major concert, Ben&Ben is returning to the live stage with a highly anticipated performance at this year’s Gimme Shelter. The nine-piece collective will also join Pamungkas as one of the headliners, along with some of the biggest names in the Philippine indie music scene: Munimuni, She’s Only Sixteen, and Cheats.

Firmly rooted in the culture of fostering community and inclusivity through live music, Gimme Shelter is the first in a series of shows (produced by GNN Entertainment) this year inspired by song titles of classic pop/rock tunes. “This is our way of taking the sour parts of the distant past and making a sweet batch of lemonade: served fresh for people who want to experience a ‘home’ away from home—a shelter, so to speak,” shares GNN Entertainment’s Milley Habito.

Pre-selling tickets are available for purchase, with a price of P950 for a limited time only! Get it here.