Probably one of the most evident sign of times this pandemic is how artists still managed to hold shows and concerts live without having to be physically present with their audience. Digital concerts, live or pre-recorded, provided artists the avenue to continue sharing their music to yearning fans.
But the other best thing about it is how today's technology bridges artists more popularly known from decades ago to the Titos and Titas of Manila today.
Here are some of the remaining 2021 Digital Shows and Concerts featuring names we've been a fan of since the 80's, 90's, and early 2000.
RICO BLANCO SONGBOOK: MUSICAL STORIES BY RICO BLANCO
Initially described as a musical documentary, Viva produced a homage to one of OPM's rock icon Rico Blanco.
The show will be directed by Treb Monteras and will feature different artists performing some of Rico's songs including those with Rivermaya - his former band. The setlist would mirror the icon's ten-track album "Rico Blanco Songbook", a reinvention of his hits released last year. Expect performances from Sarah Geronimo with her rendition of "Your Universe", Ebe Dancel with "Wag Mong Aminin", Mayonnaise with "Lipat Bahay"; Sponge Cola, Gibbs, Janine Tenoso, John Roa, This Band, December Avenue, Earl Generao, Raphiel Shannon, and Callalily.
Rico Blanco Songbook premiered on Aug 7 on iWant TFC, IPTV, and SKY PPV, and will also be available via Vivamax on August 20.
HANSON: AGAINST THE WORLD +
The list of popular 90s hits won't be complete without this song that not only reached top charts but also created a dance craze - MMMBop!
Over two decades after, who would have thought that the trio group Hanson would still be bringing us fresh music with their latest album 'Against The World'.
What's supposed to be a world tour (prior to pandemic) has become a series of monthly song releases that started last July and will run until October. Catch the Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac as they perform their latest music via livestream straight from Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 3 & 4 and October 1 & 2, 2021. Check their website for more ticket information.
NEOCOLOURS PAGBABALIK: TULOY PA RIN
Among their songs stood a very relatable ballad titled "Tuloy Pa Rin". It's so good that when a fast food chain used this song as a jingle for one of their commercials back in 2016, it captured not just those who are familiar with them before but also the younger generation as well.
Catch them once again this August 27 & 28 as they reunite for a fundraising concert with UP Law Class 1996 Alumni Association for the benefit of UP College of Law Scholarship Foundation and the UP College of Law Faculty Medical Fund.
THE ZOMBIES: LIVE FROM STUDIO TWO
Stepping a little further to the past is the 60s band from St. Albans, United Kingdom and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: The Zombies. Some of their most popular hits are "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season".
This will be their first and only worldwide streaming event with a live concert which, after five decades, would be returning to the acclaimed Abbey Road's Studio Two. Hosted by Rock journalist David Fricke, The Zombies would also field questions from a virtual audience of celebrity guests.
The Zombies: Live From Studio Two will be on September 18, 2021 12PM PST. Check their website to purchase tickets.
SIDE A REDUX: CALESA SECOND SET
Another band that made a mark (and I mean a huge mark) on the OPM industry who was best known during the 90s is SIDE A (now Side A Redux), led by vocalist Joey Generoso.
The original members of Side A had their first set of their very first virtual concert last January 30, 2021. Aside from being a reunion concert, it will also serve as a fundraising activity where all proceeds will go to the band's chosen charities and organizations to help those hit hard by the recent typhoons.
Side A Redux: Calesa 2nd Set will be livestreamed on September 11, 2021. Tickets are available via KTX and carlopacific.com.
FURNACE FEST 2021
One of the popular festivals in Birmingham, Alabama during the early 2000s is the Furnace Fest—a gathering of punk, hardcore, metal, and other subgenres of rock music.
After 21 years in the making the line up was finally announced last year, much to the delight of fan-goers.
This is probably one of the solid throwback shows with headliners being some of the sought after bands from the 80s to the 90s: Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, and Killswitch Engage. Other notable bands are Anberlin, Mayday Parade, Mewithoutyou, and Zao.
Furnace Fest will be on September 24-26, 2021. Check their website for livestream tickets.
So there you go, I hope the titos & titas— and the old souls—will find a show or two to enjoy this pandemic. Let's celebrate timeless music!