My husband and I are fans of Up Dharma Down, one of Philippines’ coolest band. So we were ecstatic when we got invited by Mig Me to watch their concert at St. James Powerstation last Sunday. Up Dharma Down is known for its chill music with eclectic and hippie vibe of synthesised sound and lyrics that speaks to the heart. The band is composed of Armi Millare – the lead vocalist and on keyboard, Carlos Tanada – on lead guitars and synthesisers, Ean Mayor – for drums and samplers and Paul Yap – on bass and synthesisers.
Before 6 PM, last Sunday, my hubby and I headed to Neverland, St. James Powerstation where we saw a long queue of fans getting their tickets for the concert. I was happy to see Singapore-based Filipino blogger, Hanna Tantoco and I was very nice to meet finally Rei Ayunan, a Kuala Lumpur-based Filipino blogger. Both have mig-me accounts: hanna_mig and reiayunan.
The crowd was pumped and excited. People who went were just thrilled to enjoy a night of music and some pitcher of cold drinks. The concert was featured opening acts from Sky Marine, Hidden Nicki and Yolanda Moon from Terno Records.
We got the best seats. We were alongside the stage where the bands were performing. We were literally sitting on the stage! When Up Dharma Down went up the stage, the crowd went wild. Armi’s raspy cool voice resounded throughout the place and hypnotized the masses. The guitars were electric and on point. The drums and synthesisers were thunderous and gave their music a palpating beat.
The people shouted and cheered when intros for their popular songs, “Oo”, ” Tadhana” and ” Turn It Well” were sang. My goodness, they even sounded better live! My husband and I were on high.
They also introduced their newest music video, “All the Good Things” which they collaborated with the Singapore Tourism Board where they get to feature the beautiful spots in Singapore like the Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Haji Lane.
After the concert, Hanna and I got the privileged to meet with the lead vocalist of UP Dharma Down, Armi Millare and do the #pabebe wave with her. (Pabebe wave is a popularised by the Aldub love team from the Filipino noontime show, Eat Bulaga.)
Hanna of every18thJune.blogspot.com, Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down and me
Photo from Hanna_mig
Thank you, MigMe for the invitation! For updates on Up Dharma Down, follow them at migme at http://mig.me/u/updharmadown