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Live at the Blessed Sacrament Carnival in Hollywood, October 16!

Elson and the Soul Barkada go to Hollywood! Okay, it’s not that far away, but we’re playing at the Blessed Sacrament Carnival in Hollywood on Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. We’ll be dropping the soul, the funk and even a little samba for everyone! For a little preview, check out the YouTube video above […]

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Live at the ‘Tuesday Night Cafe’ in Little Tokyo, Sept. 7! Watch Online!

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We’ll be performing at the Tuesday Night Cafe show, outdoors in Little Tokyo, on September 7. It’s not an an actual cafe per se, but the name of a twice-monthly variety show that has been going on in Little Tokyo for over a decade, at the Aratani Courtyard, in front of the Union Center for […]

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The Soul Barkada Lounge at the Downtown Los Angeles ArtWalk, August 12

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Our next performance is not a concert. We’ve been playing live for the past 6 years, playing original tunes that I’ve written, or classic soul/funk favorites and rehearsing them to the best of our ability. But when the opportunity came up, I thought it would be cool to do something a little different. What if […]

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Unleveled Fortitude: Level 42 in Concert at Club Nokia

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I probably never have been very vocal about this publicly, but one of my favorite bands ever is the British jazz/funk/pop band Level 42. Most people, especially in America, know them as a two-hit wonder, through their mid-’80s hits, “Something About You” and “Lessons In Love.” Those hits hooked me in too, but in the […]

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Recording: Add Some Sparkle With Chimes!

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I had Keith come down on Sunday to record some percussion, particularly for some of the newer songs I’ve recording – namely “Why Love” and the ballad, “I Would.” [Listen to an acoustic version of “I Would” on Soundclick.com] He brought his congas and we did those tracks, and even re-recorded some others (“Invisible”), where […]

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Gig Report: Rain-ing In The Lotus Fest

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Last Saturday, we did our sixth consecutive appearance at the Lotus Festival in Los Angeles’ Echo Park – a traditional summertime L.A. event. But we didn’t expect it to rain. That’s exactly what happened in the middle of our set. It’s safe to assume that this is the first time it’s happened in the entire […]

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Lotus Festival This Saturday!

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Summer’s finally here! (Kinda…) So “Let’s Go Outside” and enjoy some great events here in the Los Angeles area — Like The Lotus Festival this weekend in Echo Park (in the actual Echo Park park…)! Elson and the Soul Barkada will be returning to the festival, performing a brand new song, some old favorites and […]

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Soul Barkada’s Appearance on ‘Kababayan LA’

Elson and Keith get interviewed ESB perform their bossa nova version of “Dahil Sa Iyo”

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Soul Barkada Gets Some Airtime on ‘Kababayan L.A.’

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Hey, we made it on TV today, appearing on KSCI LA 18‘s Filipino community talk show, Kababayan LA. Louie, Lisa, Keith and I converged at the KSCI studios in West Los Angeles, just across Bundy Dr. from the Fox 11 studios. The LA 18 studio was located in the first floor of a low-rise office […]

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