Show band Music & Magic celebrates 40 years with a concert next week

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SHOW BAND Music & Magic today.

THE 1980s show band Music & Magic is celebrating its 40th year with a one-night concert on Jan. 14 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.

The show will feature all the members of the band: Jet Montelibano, Fe de los Reyes-Mendoza, Eva Caparas, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Vicky Sevilla-Pangilinan, Butch Elizalde, Nonoy Mendoza, Bobby Taylo, Jeannette Casuga-Trevia, piano virtuoso and musical arranger Toto Gentica, and Kuh Ledesma.

The band was created in 1979 when Mr. Montelibano, Mr. Gentica, and Ms. Ledesma moved to Manila from Bacolod, Negros Occidental to try their luck in the music scene. They formed a band called Ensalada and performed regularly at Holiday Inn Hotel’s El Camarote bar. After Ensalada disbanded, Music & Magic was created with the addition of new members including Nonoy Mendoza (drums), Butch Elizalde (lead guitar), Hector Pedero (bass), and vocalists Fe de los Reyes, Eva Caparas, and Angeli Pangilinan performing alongside Mr. Montelibano, Mr. Gentica, and Ms. Ledesma.

The band performed regularly at the Alibi Bar of the Regent of Manila hotel, singing cover versions of standards and chart-toppers of the 1960s to the ’80s.

Music & Magic catapulted Ms. Ledesma to stardom and she became a solo performer two years after the band was created. The band then introduced new members: Bobby Taylo, Vicky Sevilla-Pangilinan, and Jeannete Casuga-Trevias.

Aside from the Alibi Bar, the band also performed in Tavern-On-The Square in Makati City, Atlantis and Peppermint Park in Singapore, the Pyramid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Pechanga Resort in San Diego, and at the Folk Arts Theater and the Araneta Coliseum.

The band also opened concerts for international artists like Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, and Harvey Mason.

The Jan. 14 show will see the band revisit crowd favorites including their renditions of Stephen Schwartz’s “Corner of the Sky” from the Broadway musical Pippin and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Evita.

It will also feature performances from guests like Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Lou Bonnevie.

Celebrating 40 Years: Music & Magic 2020 will be on Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. Tickets are available at, with prices range from P1,500 to P8,000. — ZBC