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3D x Aia Barbie Kitchie: Iconic singer-songwriters headline virtual concert

Rappler
3D x Aia Barbie Kitchie: Iconic singer-songwriters headline virtual concert

ALPAS. Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, Bullet Dumas, Barbie Almalbis, Aia de Leon, and Kitchie Nadal are performing together in a virtual concert.

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Johnoy Danao, Bullet Dumas, Ebe Dancel, Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal are set to perform together in a digital show

Six of the country’s most beloved singer-songwriters are coming together in a digital concert to be streamed on Kumu on June 5.

The show, called ALPAS (defined as “breaking free”) will feature Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, Bullet Dumas, Barbie Almalbis, Aia de Leon, and Kitchie Nadal performing stripped-down versions of their greatest hits. They will also be collaborating for a medley arranged by renowned musical director, Ronaldo Tomas.

It’s the first time that all 6 artists are equally headlining a show together, after performing previously as solo acts, or parts of a collective.

Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet have collaborated often in the past, previously staging 3-peat sold-out concerts at the Music Museum and the Kia Theater in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Aia, Barbie, and Kitchie have also performed previously as a group in two sold-out concerts at the Music Museum in 2016 and 2017. They also did a virtual concert in 2020 to raise funds for the employees of indie music venues in Metro Manila. All these shows were organized and produced by GNN Entertainment, which is co-producing ALPAS with Kumu.

The show will be shot in advance in a yet-to-be-revealed music venue that is a favorite of many independent bands. Part of it will also be shot in Spain, where Kitchie is currently based. Security and health protocols will be observed.

ALPAS is an effort by Kumu and GNN to keep the live music scene going even as most of the country remained in quarantine.

“Music feels more essential than usual in the time of pandemic,” Kumu live events manager Lorraine Alelis said in a statement.

“It’s quite challenging to find a sustainable workaround to help artists connect with their fans and implement welcoming developments in the virtual concert space. ALPAS is our way to support the live music scene as we transition into the new normal. Thanks to GNN, we’re given an opportunity to push boundaries, build a system around it, and help more people in the concert industry who have lost jobs,” she added.

The virtual concert is slated to premiere on June 5 from 6pm onwards. Tickets are at P499 for general admission, and are now available on Kumu. For details on purchasing tickets, visit their website. – Rappler.com