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Forthcoming James Taylor concert excites musicians

By: - Desk Editor
/ 06:30 AM November 13, 2016


Sharon Inductivo, manager of South Border, wants to block off Feb. 25, 2017, from the band’s gig schedule to let members watch the James Taylor concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.

“That’s one concert not to be missed,” said South Border co-founding member, chief songwriter and bandleader Jay Durias, who pointed out that “JT” will be backed by some of the world’s best session musicians, hence the “all-star” tag: Andrea Elizabeth Zonn, Arnold Rufus McCuller, David Eldon Lasley, Jimmy Johnson, Catherine Judith “Kate” Markowitz, Larry Goldings, Michael Landau, Walt Fowler and Steve Gadd.


The show is expected to draw a lot of Filipino musicians in the audience, which is why Inductivo is treating South Border’s members to free tickets.

Durias, incidentally, started his music career in the 1980s as a kid playing ’60s and ’70s covers with his father Edgar “Bong” Durias, a well-known musician in Davao. Their repertoire naturally included James Taylor classics.


At South Border’s gig last week at 19 East, Durias ended the band’s last set with a medley of hits by Seals and Crofts—another prominent ’70s duo.

Wednesdays at City of Dreams

And speaking of South Border, the band joins a roster of top live acts featured in a special series this month dubbed “Wednesdays Rewind Experience” at Chaos Nightclub in City of Dreams Manila.

The series kicked off with Side A and Freestyle last Nov. 9.

South Border will perform back to back with Trifecta on Nov. 16.

Barbie Almalbis and Kitchie Nadal are scheduled on Nov. 23.

Side A returns for another set on Nov. 30, along with True Faith.


Chaos Nightclub, UG/F, City of Dreams Manila, Asean Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Parañaque; tel. 09178863678

‘Pay It Forward’ for Dudee

Friends and musicians are coming together to hold a benefit gig dubbed “Pay It Forward” for Dudee Alfonso on Nov. 16 at Strumm’s Makati.

Alfonso, herself a tireless organizer of benefit shows, lost her right kidney two years ago and was diagnosed last March with acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease stage 3.

Performing to raise funds for Alfonso’s medical needs are Noli Aurillo, Bleu Rascals, Drivetrain, Dulce, Glass Cherry Breakers, Jacqui Magno, Richard Merk, Mean Jay, Mulatto, Kowboy Santos, Joey “Pepe” Smith, Skarlet, The CompanY, The Brat Pack, The Blue Rats, The Modern Playground, Working Stiff and Yellow Lane.

Strumm’s, 110 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati; for tickets and table reservations, call 09986032223

James Taylor and Michael Landau

James Taylor and Michael Landau

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