FILIPINO fans of two-time Grammy-winning American a cappella group Pentatonix welcomed the news of its concert on Sept. 24 at Smart Araneta Coliseum by snapping up tickets upon their release. Initial sales reports are encouraging at P4 million, says the concert’s promoter, Joed Serrano.
Formed in 2011, Pentatonix—composed of Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Mitch Grassi—gained fame for its peculiar rearrangement of pop hits, tight vocal harmonies, riffing, basslines, percussion and beatboxing.
After winning $200,000 and a recording contract in a US singing competition, Pentatonix was unexpectedly dropped from its record label. But the group’s YouTube channel drew attention (currently with 10.5 million subscribers and more than 1.54 billion total views), and its albums found an independent distributor.
Pentatonix is by far the only a cappella group to have won the Grammy Award for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella twice—first in 2015 for “Daft Punk,” and then again in 2016 for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” at the 57th and 58th Grammy Awards, respectively.
Some 27 music artists have volunteered to perform for free in a fundraising gig, “In the Nick of Time,” on July 6 at Strumm’s Makati, whose beneficiary is Nick Puzon—an avid supporter of the local music community who has recently been stricken ill.
The performers, in alphabetical order, are Arthur Manuntag, Angelo Garcia, Colby dela Calzada, Ding Mercado, Elhmir Saison, Emcy Corteza, Eugene Villaluz, Henry Katindig, Isay Alvarez, Jacqui Magno, Jeannie Tiongco, Kiss the Bride, Maritoni Falconi, Megan Herrera, Noli Aurillo, Otep Concepcion, Pat Castillo, Rannie Raymundo, RayAn Fuentes, Rey Infante, Robert Seña, Sitti, Skarlet, Tonet Lipana, The Band Called Zion, Tillie Moreno and Working Stiff.
The gig is organized by Dudee Alfonso and Skarlet with the Heart of Music foundation.
Tickets at P500; show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Strumm’s is at 110 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati; tel. 8954636.
Donna’s powerful voice
Primos Cuisine & Lounge in Mandaluyong is a nice place to have some drinks while listening to good bands—such as Joey’s Mailbox which, incidentally, has a new female lead singer, Donna Moreno.
Moreno is gifted with a powerful voice that soars without being irritating.
The night we visited, she delivered a stunning version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.”
But Joey San Andres, the band’s leader and also the club’s owner, says Moreno is so in-demand with solo shows that she would, time and again, miss her gigs with Joey’s Mailbox at Primos.
In any case, catch the band on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Primos Cuisine & Lounge is at Mayflower St., The Hub Greenfield District (formerly Edsa Central near Shaw Blvd.), Mandaluyong City; tel. 5842908.