Thursday, February 5, 2015

The January Roundup!

Happy 2015 everyone! This is the January roundup!

This month, we celebrated the birthdays of not one, not two, not three, but FIVE of our members, Janelle, Marcy, Marlon, Nomer, and Jan. This month also marks Shuffle Union's 15th Anniversary, and at least for this year, the first time we set foot on stage to play some wicked tunes!

Last January 13, we got together to play an impromptu set at Ngongis Bar in Tomas Morato QC, as we sent off our mates, The Busty Idiots, before their flight back home. They recently concluded their Philippine Tour with stops at Mandaluyong and Batangas Cities. There were three bands that night, The Busty Idiots, The Mighty Contras, and us. This was the first time Dennis (Snubnose) played with us on stage. Needless to say, we had such a great time!

Last January 24, Shuffle Union was supposed to play at the Ba Ba Boom Time benefit gig at Legazpi, Albay, together with our mates, Neighbors and SMB. Unfortunately, last minute schedule conflicts prevented us from making the trip. We do hope to come down again and check out the very active Bicol scene in the near future. Judging from the pictures, we assume it was a blast!

Finally, we conclude the inaugural month with another set for the January offering of Move Up Hi Fi last January 30 at Muzack Sports Bar, Makati. Manila Standard Time became a reunion of sorts as we played with friends The Dandimites and The Go Signals who both played awesome scorchers!

Videos and pictures can be found here.

We wish to thank the guys behind Move Up Hi Fi as well as the The Dandimites' keyboardist for lending us his drumming skills for the night. Thanks should also be given to Eldie and Dante of FSS for jamming with us. A great gig to cap off the first month of the year!

See you all next month!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year! S!K!A! Welcome 2013!

It was a great half year since we played again :) , and we would like to thank everyone who shared their love and respect to the music we all love along the way. Here's to more in 2013! Happy New Year! S!-K!-A!

(vid: Kingston Rudieska x Shuffle Union x Cebu hornsmen)

Watermelon SKA line

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


By this time, you already know that PiliSkapinas has announced the PHILIPPINE SKA FESTIVAL  and the concerts in Manila, Cebu, and Mandaue that are part of the celebrations. Giving the festival international flavor is Kingston Rudieska, Korea's No. 1 Ska band, who will be performing in all dates.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Manila Ska Festival

The 1st Manila SKA Festival

It was a time when the local Ska and Reggae scene was burgeoning with great music, Ska and reggae gigs were on almost every week, and the scene's veteran guards were playing together with young talents while new bands were bolstering the ranks.  
Holding one night that would put together these bands was the stage that the 1st Manila Ska Festival hoped to achieve. The July 25, 2009 festival was PiliSkapinas' first major production, and it was such a hit that plans to make it a truly annual event were laid as the 1st Manila Ska Festival was closed. (do you want to look back at PiliSkapinas' review and photos of the 1st Manila Ska Festival? click here)

Shuffle Union November Gigs

In late October, Shuffle Union had a series of gigs as a lead up to the Manila Ska Festival. It was a packed affair at Skarlet's Jazz Kitchen, followed by a  Nov 09 party at The Spot. By the wayif you haven't heard yet, the venue formerly known as Ten02, and Skarlet's Jazz Kitchen is now known as The Hydraheard that they're upgrading the sound system there too (nice!)

We had some special guests, including long-time Shuffle Union drummer Ferdie surprising everyone by jamming with the band again after a few years, and Bronzefist Records' Hideki Takasaki was also in attendance.

Shuffle Union October Gigs

At the heels of the Philippine National Ska Holiday (PNSH), PiliSkapinas has announced the PHILIPPINE SKA FESTIVAL happening this December 2012. Meanwhile here are some images and excerpts from our October-November gigs.

Augie of Rocket Punch and Nomer (photo:Mark Cristino)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Philippine National Ska Holiday

Oct 18 - Philippine Ska Holiday @ Skarlet's Jazz Kitchen, Quezon City

Oct 19 - PiliSkapinas presents: SKAMAX, The Spot, Caloocan City, Manila

Oct 20 - Mall of Asia Ska and Reggae Fest, Manila

Oct 20 - Skanky Vibes: SKA NITE, Bob Marlin Resto, Mandaue, Cebu 

Oct 20 - Enjoy Yourself @ Punchbowl, CDO City