RKM21 Oktoberfest 2023 Delivers an Unforgettable Night of Music
October 26, 2023
Embracing the spirit of Oktoberfest, RKM Road Km. 21 Restobar in Novaliches, Quezon City has organized its own rendition of the iconic German festival to provide a vibrant celebration of music and booze for those who live in the (extreme) northern part of the metro.
A few steps away from SM Fairview and Ayala Fairview Terraces, the restobar came alive on the night of Oct. 21 with the energy of the crowd and the participating artists of “RKM21 Oktoberfest 2023: Through the Years.” This highly anticipated event has attracted music fans, both young and old, including those who simply want to celebrate the weekend with their loved ones.
OPM alternative rock band HUNYO Music went on stage next and performed a set of originals, such as “Biyahe,” “LQ,” and “Sugal,” and a mashup of classic OPM hits “Tumatakbo” by Mojofly, “Para Sa’yo” by Parokya ni Edgar, and “Cool Off” by Session Road.
Led by Jhun Cruzado and Paulyne Uyan on vocals, along with support from Harry Sanvictores on drums, Rhocky Mariano on bass, and Kim Silorio and Jacob Tenorio on guitar, the band showcased their exceptional musical prowess and created a captivating atmosphere that served as a warmup for the following invited performers.
The audience was then treated to the mesmerizing and powerful voice of singer-songwriter Jed Baruelo, who is best known for his song “Nahuhulog.” The pop-rock artist started his set with an unreleased track called “Hell Week,” followed by his first released single “Back When We Were Sixteen,” which showcased his undeniable talent in writing heartfelt lyrics.
Of course, his time on stage wouldn’t be complete without the performance of his viral hit, “Nahuhulog.” Hearing it live was indeed music to our ears, and there’s no doubt that this song has made it to the top 20 of the Spotify Philippines Top 200 charts!
As the night gets deeper and closer to midnight, the celebration welcomed yet another in-house band, The Giglers Band, to make sure that the crowd in the function room and al fresco area is still in high spirits.
Next up was Sean Archer, who introduced himself to us backstage as an artist who plays “loud music.” True enough, this solo artist from Parañaque brought a unique blend of rock and pop to the stage. He delivered a high-energy performance of his singles “Mamaya Na,” “Red Flag,” and “Puyat,” along with two unreleased tracks, “Yayaman” and “MBTC.”
His infectious melodies and songwriting left a lasting impact on everyone who witnessed his set. As proof, the “mamaya ka na umuwi (you go home later)” part is still stuck in our heads!
After a long break, it was MYMP’s turn to shine. And if the name rings a bell, you’re likely part of the generation who fell in love with their signature acoustic sound in the early 2000s.
With Chin Alcantara on lead guitar and the Bahala sisters, Juliet and Ethyl, on vocals, the band created a perfect balance to the evening’s diverse lineup with the performances of “Kailan,” “Especially for You,” and their award-winning hits “Only Reminds Me of You” and “Tell Me Where It Hurts.”
Finally, to conclude the night with a bang, indie-alternative rock band Autotelic (composed of Josh Villena on guitars and vocals, Neil Tin on guitars, EJ Edralin on synth, Timothy Vargas on bass, and Gep Macadaeg on drums) took the spotlight.
Their talent and passion for music were on full display the moment they started, which had the crowd clinking their beer bottles and glasses to their iconic tunes “Takipsilim,” “Languyin,” “Ikaw,” and “Laro,” the song that made the band won the Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist at the 30th Awit Awards back in 2017.
“RKM21 Oktoberfest 2023: Through the Years” was a testament to the thriving music scene in the country. It provided a platform for talented artists to not only showcase their skills to a live audience, but also to show the diversity and creativity that defined and shaped our music industry today.
Cheers (or should we say, Prost!) to everyone who made this event a success!
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