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Soundbites at Robinson’s Magnolia featuring Side A Band

May 18, 2014

While most of my friends went to see KPOP artist 2ne1 and had gone hippie happy at the Wanderland concert last night, I (with mom and brother) went to Robinson’s Magnolia to see the Side A Band for the Robinson’s Malls Music Festival launch.

It is one of the few, rare events where I can bring a plus one, and I decided to bring my family (my mom actually as my date), and I am glad that she also enjoyed the night. She even mentioned that she remembers Side A is my sister’s favorite OPM band. I was still a kid then, but I do know most of their songs (as a kid, we usually get our musical influences from our siblings and parents).  I sure remember the Side A band’s albums – in plain white and blue covers.

It is a real treat for shoppers, and it is a good move for Robinson’s Malls to support our OPM artists.

Everyone anticipated Side A’s performance. To spice up the night a bit, Silk entertained us with some groovy hits. My mom was easily mesmerized by these ladies. She said they are talented and pretty (even wondered if they didn’t get tired singing for an hour). 😉

Click Read More to see more snapshots from the mini-concert..

We even got a treat from Fireflies who did a hulla-hoop and fire dance performances.

Before the big performance, Robinson’s Mall also hold a pizza-eating contest and gave away raffle prizes. There was even a #selfie contest in IG. You can check the updates at #SoundbitesatRobinsons and #RobinsonsMusicFestival hashtags

Then, finally, we heard the beat of the drums and strums from the guitar, Side A band was ready for the night!

It was amazing to see that there were people singing along with the band (and these are young adults who probably were not born yet when Side A was formed!). Just goes to show, good music will stay.

People started crowding in the area and 
even people from the mall started watching the free concert.
What I love about the mini-concert last night was how intimate it was! Joey even came closer to the audience and gave chance for some to sing along with him.

Others took the chance to have a #selfie with Joey!

I equally love how “cultured” the audience was! They were not threatening and they respect the artists’ space and performance. Most were also in to the music and performance – clapping, and swaying along with the band – showing how much they love the show (my mom included! I love how she enjoyed the night!). I honestly hate it when the audience do not give much appreciation to the artists. So when Side A asked the audience to stand up and join them, I knew it was the start of the happier moments of the night.

Look at how close people could get to the band! 

At the end of the show, we (blogger partners) got the chance to have a quick photo opp with the band 🙂 I was surprised to see people lining up too and having their pictures taken. Side A Band was accommodating and nice. There were no security guards manning the stage (or maybe they felt that there was no need to police anyone). Everything seemed so organized! I love the crowd that night!

This was one of the most organized events I have attended. Despite the delay because of a sudden rainfall, we all had a great night. Thank you so much Robinson’s Mall for the awesome mini-concert!

P.S. Robinson’s Magnolia is my friend’s favorite mall, and now I understand why. We love the warm lighting, spacious alleys and sophisticated architecture. Plus, there is an al-fresco dining and open park where the mini-concert was held!

If you missed last night’s event (and tonight’s), you may catch the other Soundbites shows running in Robinson’s Galleria and Robinson’s Place Manila.

Concert Schedule
Robinsons Magnolia
May 17 
Side A Band 
May 18
Reggae Mistress
Sabor Latino
Robinsons Manila
May 23
Bras Pas Pas Pas 6PM
Brownman Revival 8PM
May 24
Side A Band 8PM
Robinsons Galleria
May 30
Rico Blanco 8PM

For every Php 500 single receipt purchase, customer is entitled to 1 wrist tag for the concert. You can check out the full mechanics here.

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