Richard Marx @ Kia Theater, March 12
Grammy-award winner Richard Marx is performing in the Philippines for the first time on Saturday as part of his ongoing solo tour around the world. As a performer, songwriter and producer, Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career is studded with numerous highlights.
The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut, spawning his most iconic hits including “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing.” The album earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, with such hits as “Satisfied” and Filipino favorite “Right Here Waiting.”
When both Rush Street and Paid Vacation in succeeding years, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs in pop-rock music history, and remains today as the only male artist on record to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Richard Marx The Solo Tour goes on stage on March 12, 8 p.m. at the Kia Theater. The 52-year-old artist arrived in Manila on Thursday and was welcomed by representatives of Midas Productions, the local producers of his concert, which has The Manila Times as a media partner.
Sergio Mendes @ The Big Dome, March 12
World-renowned artist Sergio Mendes brings the 50th anniversary of his seminal album, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, to Manila, which promises an opus of Brazil’s bossa nova king‘s successful musical career.
Mendes last performed at the Araneta Coliseum in November 2014, with no less than President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his cabinet in the audience.
Brasil ’66 was Mendes’ first album that put Brazilian music on the map in the 1960s through 1970s. It was produced by Herb Alpert and Mendes himself, with songs that integrated Latin jazz and bossa nova with elements of American pop music.
In 2011, the groundbreaking album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went platinum based largely on the success of its single “Mas Que Nada,” sung entirely in Portuguese with soaring vocals by Lani Hall.
A brilliant and prolific artist, Mendes has released 55 albums over the past five decades, including the Grammy Award-winning “Basileiro” in 1993 and “Bom Tempo” in 2010. In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making him one of the best Brazilian musicians of all time.
Sergio Mendes: A Celebration of 50 Years of Brasil ’66 hits the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 12 at Smart Araneta Colisuem.
Manchester and Pomeranz @ The Big Dome, April 6
Two popular names in adult contemporary music are due in Manila when Melissa Manchester and David Pomeranz mount a back-to-back concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Set on April 6 the twin bill Melissa Manchester and David Pomeranz Live, from Ovation Productions will also feature “Asia’s Mr. Crooner,” balladeer Arthur Manuntag as a special guest. in what is considered as one of the biggest concert events in this summer’s musical calendar.
Manchester is considered an enduring artist in popular American music, whose extraordinary career began when she studied song writing with Paul Simon in her native New York, followed by a stint as a back-up singer for Bette Middler.
She later embarked on a solo career which earned critical acclaim with such hits as “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Through The Eyes Of Love,” “Walk On By,” “I’ll Never Say Goodbye” (theme from “The Promise”), “Come In From The Rain,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Whenever I Call You Friend.”
She won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Female Performance in 1982 for You Should Hear How She Talks About You after being nominated twice in the same category in 1978 and 1979.
Pomeranz is almost considered a balikbayan in the Philippine concert scene, having performed numerous times in and around Metro Manila through past decades. His songs, however, never lose their magic on Filipino Romantics, namely “On This Day,” “King And Queen Of Hearts,” “Born For You,” “Got To Believe In Magic” and “The Old Songs,” which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide, earning him a total of 18 Gold and 20 Platinum records awards.
He has recorded nine solo albums, which have sold over 500,000 copies in the Philippines alone, making it the largest-selling international Pop album in the country.