Friday, February 13, 2015
BOYCE AVENUE BACK FOR VALENTINE’s DAY CONCERT
Boyce Avenue, one of today’s hottest singing sensations which gained worldwide popularity for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, is returning to perform at a special Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City and on February 15 at SMX Convention Center, Davao City.
Billed as “Boyce Avenue Live in Manila 2015!,” the musical treat from Ovation Productions will bring back the American band more than one year after its last local performance in response to the insistent clamor of Pinoy fans who have been avidly following the group and its activities online, making it Spotify’s No. 1 most streamed international artist in the Philippines.
The one-night-only show will mark Boyce Avenue’s fourth local appearance in six years following its sold-out concert atResorts World Manila last Dec. 30, 2013, also produced by Ovation Productions, and its headlining tour with American Idol winner Kris Allen and the dance troupe Jabbawockeez on Feb. 5-6, 2010, one year after its local debut on Feb. 16, 2009.
As its first-ever arena show in the Philippines, the Big Dome gig is expected to attract a huge attendance from a cross-section of music enthusiasts who have ardently followed, along with millions in other parts of the globe, Boyce Avenue and its music online through their YouTube channel.
Formed in October, 2004 in Sarasota, Florida, Boyce Avenue is composed of three Puerto Rican-American brothers who first came together as a band when Alejandro Manzano(lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian Manzano (guitar, vocals) reconnected with their elder brother Daniel Manzano (bass, percussion, vocals), who moved back to Florida from Massachusetts after graduating from Harvard University Law School.
The group, named after a combination of two streets where the brothers grew up, took their most formative steps toward becoming a band by continuing to write original music and performing local shows.
In 2007, Boyce Avenue showcased its emotive, radio-friendly, alt-rock on YouTube with a series of videos of them performing acoustic versions of their songs as well as covers of their favorite songs by other artists, such as Justin Timberlake’s “Love Stoned,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” among many others.
The result was fantastic.
The videos resonated instantly on YouTube and, to-date, Boyce Avenue has over 1,000,000,000 viewers on YouTube and over 5,500,500 subscribers– making it one of the top artists of all time on YouTube. It has likewise gained 500,000 Twitter followers and 2,500,000 Facebook subscribers that account for a strong and solid digital fan base
While producing the videos for YouTube, Boyce Avenue remained committed to create original material for its debut album, completing the recording of its last three songs in October, 2007 – “Dare To Believe,” “On My Way” and “Hear Me Now” (piano acoustic).
The album, titled “All You Meant To Be,” was released on March 25, 2008 and was well received in the market and gotpositive reviews in industry publications, while its songs were featured in various MTV programs.
In its desire to connect with its online fan base, Boyce Avenue turned its attention to touring, starting in early 2009 when it performed for an estimated 25,000 over four headline shows in the Philippines, followed by a series of headline tours in the United States, Canada and Europe.
It returned to the Philippines in 2010 to play festivals with Kris Allen and The Jabbawockeez during the MusicFest 2010concert at the McKinley Hills concert grounds in FortBonifacio, Taguig City.
As of May 2012, the band has headlined, since its initial 2009 headline tour, 6 tours in Great Britain and Ireland, 6 tours in continental Europe, 4 tours in the United States, 3 tours in Canada, 1 tour in Australia and has played several shows in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines
Over the past three years, it has played for over 350,000 people in 20 countries and 5 continents, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the United Kingdom
On June 15, 2010, Boyce Avenue released under Universal Republic its album, “All We Have Left,” which contains reworked songs from “All You Meant To Be” as well as new songs, such as “Every Breath,” “On My Way” and “Broken Angel.”
On Aug. 9, 2011, the band left Universal Republic and began producing its CDs through its own label, 3 Peace Records.
Boyce Avenue’s EP (Extended Play), “No Limits,” released on April 24, 2014, contains more upbeat pop tracks than its previous work, including seven original tracks produced by the band, with “I’ll Be The One” co-produced with Milkman and “Scars” with Ryan Ogren..
A special tribute came from Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, a vocal fan of Boyce Avenue, when he arranged forthe band to open for One Direction during its debut “Up All Night Tour” in Great Britain and Ireland in January, 2012.
In 2014, Boyce Avenue was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Music.
(“Boyce Avenue Live In Manila 2015!” is presented by Ovation Productions. Ticket prices are P4,852, P4,224, P3,168, P2,112 and P782. Ticket are available at all Ticketnet outlets nationwide and online at www.ticketnet.com.ph. For ticket inquiries, call Ticketnet at 911-5555.)