The next few days are packed with an exciting lineup of events.
The first MNL Beer Festival, which kicked off April 26, winds up today, April 28, at Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong. Gate opens at 6 p.m.
It features 55 beer exhibitors and over 250 local and international brands.
Some of the proudly Filipino beer brands joining the fest include 63 North Brewing Company, Amigos de la Playa Brewery, Boracay, Bulul Brewery, Cerveza Sagada, Desert Fathers Brewing Co., Engkanto, Flat Foot Brewing Co., Ibalon Craft Brew, Joe’s Brew and Juan Brew.
The event is an offshoot of the MNL Craft Beer Festival that debuted in 2017 also at Greenfield Central Park.
Greenfield District Central Park, Mayflower St. near Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong
On April 29, a dream gig featuring the AMP Band back-to-back with the Black Cows will be held at Balete@Kamias in Quezon City.
The AMP Band is one of only a handful of groups in the Philippines that still plays big band music—that wonderful, orchestrated harmony of sounds which, accentuated by a horn section, elevates just about any kind of song it interprets.
Led by its musical director, the multitalented Mel Villena, the AMP (Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino) is composed of the best session musicians in the country today. On a regular performance, it plays with 18 members.
The Black Cows, meanwhile, is the only Filipino band that plays an all-Steely Dan repertoire. That’s no mean feat, because fans know the intricacy that Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker put into the arrangements of their songs.
Led by its founder, keyboardist and 19 East owner Wowee Posadas, the Black Cows personnel are Pido Lalimarmo (lead vocals, guitar), Bolichie Suzara (bass), Rancis de Leon (alto sax), Ronald Tomas (tenor sax), Archie Constantino (trumpet), Drizzle Muñiz (vocals), Gail Viduya (vocals) and Gibson Viduya (drums).
On April 30, the new Hard Rock Café at S Maison in Conrad Manila will celebrate its grand opening with a special performance featuring Arnel Pineda with the band Ice Bucket. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.
Hard Rock Café, Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay; tel. 9909809
Also on April 30, the 14th Philippine International Jazz Festival (Pijazz) kicks off with a free show at Eastwood Open Park in Quezon City featuring Damon Grant, Kiss the Bride, Henry Katindig, Jong Cuenco, The Brass Munkeys and Cooky Chua.