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Pump Up The Bass! Karen’s Election Night Victory Party

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Playin’ some some P-Funk (“P” for political)! Karen Bass speaks. We rocked the Karen Bass Election Night Party last night, which soon became a victory party, with her garnering 85% of the vote to win the Democratic Party nomination for the 33rd District Congressional seat. It was five of us – myself, Keith on percussion, […]

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We’re Playing The 2010 Lotus Festival, Saturday July 10!

ESB Performing “Brand New Thing” at the 2008 Lotus Festival Just got confirmation today — We’ll be playing the 2010 Lotus Festival in Los Angeles’ Echo Park on Saturday, July 10 at 5 p.m.! The Lotus Festival is where Elson and the Soul Barkada (back then just known as “Elson”) had its first-ever gig in […]

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It’s Official: We’re Gonna Be On TV!

Okay, it’s all confirmed, Elson and the (Acoustic) Soul Barkada will be on television, on Los Angeles’ KSCI Channel 18 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 for the program, Kababayan LA.  Apparently we’ll be her guests for her Philippine Independence Day show, which means we might perform a little surprise tune for the occasion. […]

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Oh, You Mean THIS Election Night?

UPDATE: Just got a call and an an email from someone from Karen Bass‘ campaign staff. Turns out the gig they want us to play wasn’t for the November 2 General Election, but for the Primary Election on Tuesday, June, 8. Uh…that’s next week! With less than a week’s notice, I don’t know if I […]

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Soul Barkada Performs At Karen Bass Fundraiser

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Since performing a fundraiser and a subsequent Election Night Party for Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Elson and the Soul Barkada has been in demand on the political circuit, this time, performing at a grassroots fundraiser for U.S. Congressional candidate Karen Bass (pictured above, surrounded by Lisa, Louie, myself and Keith) near Los […]

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Acoustic Show at Revo Cafe, March 21!

I’ve been busy with a lot of my community-related activities lately, but I still make time for the music when I can. It’s been a while since the band has played out, but a friend of mine who owns a new coffeehouse in Los Angeles’ Atwater Village asked me to play there, so I’ve rounded […]

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‘A Flood Of Hope’ Philippine Typhoon Benefit, October 24 at Fais Do-Do

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In late September and early October, typhoons Ketsana (a.k.a. Ondoy) and Parma (a.k.a. Pepeng) ravaged the northern half of the Philippines, including severe flooding in the Manila area. Since then, many donation and aid efforts have been launched worldwide to respond to this tragedy. Personally speaking, my friends and relatives there are alive, although one […]

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Oh Happy Day – Singing With Stevie Wonder!

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Many of you may already know that, as a singer, musician and songwriter, I consider Stevie Wonder my all-time idol and musical influence. A few of you know that I’m also a singer and musician in the St. Agatha Gospel Choir, where I have been for the past eight years. Something “Wonder”-ful happened on Monday, […]

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Highlights From The Soul Barkada’s Michael Jackson Tribute Concert!

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A week ago, we performed a one-time-only all-Michael Jackson covers set at its performance at  Hand and Heart presents: Rock With You – a Michael Jackson Tribute Benefit at Hollywood’s MBar, on the eve of Jackson’s 51st birth anniversary. The band, which normally dresses in a single color scheme (with me wearing a contrasting color), […]

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