Last Saturday, March 12, 2016, I had the pleasure of performing at a gem of a restaurant, bar and lounge in the heart of Woodside, NY – Promdi Kitchen & Bar.
This gig was courtesy of a dear friend and colleague in the music business – the “piano man” Mr. Bobby Ramiro. I’ve known Bobby for quite some time now, as we’ve crossed paths many times before in various Fil-Am music events. We’ve always talked about doing a show together, and many friends have suggested the same. The only time that sort of came to pass was last November when he and I played together in a band to back up Kirby Asunto for her 18th birthday concert.
Having Bobby on keys lent to a show that was very acoustic in flavor, with a lounge feel reminiscent of the music lounges that I used to frequent growing up in Manila. To me, it was an excuse to go “retro” with song choices, and to also highlight a lot of OPM (Original Pilipino Music) tunes that we could all be proud of as Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.
Upon seeing Promdi 2 days prior to the show for a soundcheck, I felt that we were right on track with our concept – the interior elegance of the restaurant, coupled with the sweet, full sound coming out of the in-house PA system really lends credence to Promdi being a favorite hangout amongst people looking for excellent Filipino cuisine, as well as a diverse slate of musical entertainment befitting of the chic, stylish yet cozy ambiance of the place.
Apart from all the above reasons, as a performer it’s hard not to fall in love with a place where friendliness seems to be an overriding ingredient that goes along with everything else that they have to offer, from chief chef RJ Estor, manager Kenneth and the wonderful staff, all the way up to owners Martin and Alex (apologies for not getting their last names), who altogether made every guest (and performer) feel very welcomed and right at home.
I truly had a blast performing for old friends and new ones last Saturday at Promdi! Thanks to everyone who came, and kudos to the entire Promdi family for creating this “home away from home” – an establishment we could all be proud of as Fil-Ams and Filipinos in New York.
Photo Credit: Rolan Gutierrez Photography
Looking forward to the next time!
Always In Music,