There's always something that makes people feel special when they're part of something "exclusive" or "top secret". Like we're one of the chosen few. The lucky ones. And nothing piques a music lover's interest more than the words "intimate secret show". While most of us would decide to go to a show, or a gig, based on who's playing, imagine going to a show with zero knowledge of the lineup, and only finding out where the show will be three days before the show.
That night we were treated to music from BP Valenzuela, Toni B., and Japsuki. It was a nice change of pace to watch an intimate acoustic gig. Something that reminds me of the early days of MTV Unplugged where we all sit comfortably on the floor, and the artists just a few feet from you, with their guitars and box drums seated on couches and bar stools. Except this time I'm one of those people seated on the floor, a few feet away from the artists. Which is awesome. Sofar removes the usual hassles of watching gigs where you smell like yosi and people scream profanities to songs they like.
At the end of the gig, a hat is passed around for attendees to contribute any amout to ensure that shows like these continue. Sofar is 100% non-profit, and getting invites to their shows is free, so really, why not skip a helping of your regular Starbucks and donate to keep it going, right? Had a lot of fun during their July show and I was so bummed I missed their August show. But hey, there's next month to look forward to!
For more information on Sofar Sounds, and find out how you can get an invite on their next show, check out their website, Sofar Manila faceboook page, and subscribe to their mailing list.