#Muziklaban brings rock icons together

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IN A 10-hour spectacle held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, rock music’s most familiar names and acts joined together to power up the 15th edition of Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban grand concert.

The music fest is the culmination of the annual amateur rock band competition that gathers local rock music aficionados in an event full of legitimate rock music, overflowing beer and some slam dancing that goes through the whole night.

This year’s Muziklaban blazed with rock legends Pepe Smith and Ely Buendia, metal groups Slapshock and Greyhoundz and alternative bands Kjwan, Tanya Markova, Saydie, Gracenote and Franco.


The grand concert officially opened with a long set by Razorback joined onstage by Manila String Machine, 30-piece orchestra. It was a collaboration that weaved classical symphonies of an orchestra to the heavy metal tones of Razorback.

Then, 2012 Muziklaban champion A Music Theory showed the audience how the amateur band competition turned them into a rock band that’s no longer intimidated by a huge crowd. Ely Buendia also lit up the venue with his dose of ’90s music performing mostly Eraserheads classic.


The night culminated with Slapshock’s head-banging performance before Greyhoundz brought the house down as the night’s closing act.

One of the highlights of the rock concert was the performance of Manila Under Fire, this year’s Muziklaban champion. The band walked home with P500,000 and a start up support from Red Horse Beer amounting to P300,000.

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