#TagaytayArtBeat2 was exactly what we’ve been waiting for

Photos by Tin Sartorio

I know what you’re thinking: Why go all the way to #Tags for a gig that you can experience in your friendly neighborhood bar, right? Well, last weekend’s shindig was unlike any gig or concert you’ve been to. Thanks to Docdef Productions and Museo Orlina, the much-anticipated comeback of Tagaytay Art Beat finally pushed through last Feb. 4; it was everything that we hope it would be — and then some.

Just like in 2015, the amphitheater in Museo Orlina, Tagaytay was overflowing with people, art and even greater music. Gigs in the metro often fall into extremes. Most of the time, we’re squeezing our way to the front of the crowd while sweating bullets as we sing and dance to our fave’s set. It can be quite a challenge if you ask me. But at last weekend’s Tagaytay Art Beat 2, things we’re literally as cool and chill as it could possibly be. Picture this: sitting on the grass, sipping Jack Daniel’s while listening to Bullet Dumas, watching the sunset over Taal lake as the stage’s background, and feeling that Tagaytay breeze.

Seeing colors: The visual exhibit by artists like Karen de la Fuente, Dans Bermejo, and Julia Tabor will run ’til March 26, 2017 in Museo Orlina

While the roadtrip to #Tags was already fun, there’s really quite nothing like being surrounded by the people who share the same passion as you do. Of course, the usual gig sceners are there. But let’s also not forget about the visual artists who are just as much part of the local creative community. Some of our fave exhibitors were Karen de la Fuente, Vin Quilop and Lee Caces.

Crowd pleaser: Apartel brought soul to the Tagaytay Art Beat 2 stage
Four is a party: Reese Lansangan, Vin Quilop, Karen de la Fuente, and Lee Caces.

The crazy good lineup of musical performers were still the biggest highlight of the day. The event had everything from an afternoon sesh with Reese Lansangan to a rocking set by She’s Only Sixteen. The crowd was pretty excited for Young STAR faves The Ransom Collective and Wanderband runner-up Banna Harbera. Young STAR Fresh Produce Tom’s Story also joined in on the fun, but it was Apartel’s and Jensen and The Flip’s sets that really got everyone on their feet. Oh, and that time Reese joined Tandems 91 and Tandems 91 joined Jensen and the Flips on stage. That was pretty solid.

Full house: good music was playing from sunset ’til (almost) sunrise
Power players: Moonwlk, Tom’s Story, and The Ransom Collective

Unlike a normal gig where the bands usually rush off to different venues in one night, everyone was in Art Beat Tagaytay to stay. You see, it wasn’t just any other performance. It was a celebration of the local gig scene where collaboration and good times rule. It was also a quick getaway for us fans and the artists too. With everything that’s been happening in the world recently, we all could use a serious breather. That’s nothing that an amazing venue, good music and awesome friends can’t fix. I don’t know about you but I’m already counting down to Tagaytay Art Beat 3.

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