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January 11, 2010

Martin & Gary one more time in US


US Filipinos just can’t get enough of Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano, thanks largely to rave reviews and word of mouth.

By popular demand, the critically-acclaimed and commercially hit As 1 back-to-back concert of the Concert King and Mr. Pure Energy will have a one-time only repeat staging in the US East Coast on Feb. 28 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Showtime is 4 p.m.

According to Edmund Silvestre, Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent, “As 1 is the highest-grossing Filipino concert in the US in 2009. The US tour was sold out, including the Oct. 25 performance at the Mark Etess Arena of Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, produced by Group Ole and Lemar International.”

The return engagement will be produced this time by the newly-formed Di Ba Entertainment, Inc., a group of Fil-Am nurses in CT in their first concert venture, with Carousel Pinoy as line producer.

“Martin and Gary gave a superb show that everyone kept talking about it, prompting these nurses (producers) to bring them back to the East Coast and this time in Connecticut,” Edmund quoted Terry Badiola of Carousel Pinoy as saying.

Di Ba Entertainment says it is restaging the “concert event of the year” in response to strong public clamor to fly back the reigning kings of Philippine music.

The staging of Martin and Gary’s show at Mohegan Sun Arena (located within the luxurious Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort) will come one day after the Black Eyed Peas take center stage in the same venue.

Reminded Edmund, “Black Eyed Peas, of course, is one of the world’s most popular bands, with one of its members a true-blooded Filipino, Allan Pineda (a.k.a. apl.de.ap). Its song Boom Boom Pow is the most downloaded single in 2009.”

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