Diamond-recording band Sponge Cola was chosen to represent the country in the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, USA this May 4 – 6.
The 2012 Beale Street Music Festival marks the 36th anniversary of the festival which each year attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen of foreign countries to the storied city where rock n’ roll and blues music all began.
The music festival has played host to a broad array of diverse and notable contemporary musical talents like: Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Van Morrison, Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Santana, Cee Lo Green, Jack Johnson, Beck, James Taylor, Fergie, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Lou Reed, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, Godsmack, Three Doors Down, 30 Seconds to Mars, My Chemical Romance, Al Green and many others.
Filipino pop/rock band Sponge Cola is composed of Yael Yuzon, (guitar and vocals), Armo Armovit (lead guitar), Gosh Dilay (bass) and Tedmark (TMAC) Cruz (drums). All four are alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Last April 19 (Thursday) at Shakey’s Tomas Morato, we got a chance to catch-up with Yael and the rest of Sponge Cola and find out some information about the Beale event.
What’s the support from the Philippine government to Sponge Cola considering that a Filipino band will be performing in this very prestigious event?
Well, they have fast-tracked our passports.
Is it safe to say that you are the first Filipino band to be in this event?
Yes, but we’re not sure if there are performers there who have Filipino blood.
What will you be performing?
A mixture of English and Filipino songs. We’ll also be playing two cover songs, an eraserhead and apo hiking Society original.
Yael also announced that they might come out with a music and video documentary of their Beale St. Music Festival experience.
Sponge Cola is undeniably one of the most-sought after, longest staying bands of this generation. Recently, they have been awarded the elusive Diamond Record Award for their hit single Tambay.
Currently, Sponge Cola is promoting their latest album under Universal Records, Araw. Oras. Tagpuan, which includes the hits Tambay, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Regal, Stargazer, among others.
4. Ok Dito
5. She Weeps
6. Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay
7. She Wants You To
8. Walang Wakas
9. New Steel
11. Scenic View
12. Araw Oras Tagpuan
2004 -Palabas (KLSP, Gemini, Una, Jeepney)
2006 – Transit (Bitiw, Tuliro, Movie, Pasubali)
2008 -Sponge Cola (Puso, Di Na Mababawi, Wala Kang Katulad, Makapiling Ka)
2011- Araw Oras Tagpuan (Tambay, Regal, Stargazer, Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay)