Erik pays tribute to Nora, other local, foreign music icons

Erik pays tribute to Nora, other local, foreign music icons
mb.com.ph – Moviegoer
By NESTOR CUARTERO
August 1, 2011, 8:00am

Just a thought: Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content. – Louis L’Amour

MANILA, Philippines — There is no escaping the Nora Aunor fever in and out of showbiz.

While the superstar’s homecoming tomorrow, Aug. 2, is being awaited by many, like it or not, groups of Nora enthusiasts are quietly laying the groundwork for a retrospective of Aunor films directed by Elwood Perez.

The group hopes to put up the film showing in September.

Among the films in the line-up are “Till We Meet Again,” “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The films were made one after the other following another resurgence in the superstar’s career in the mid-1980s.

Erik Pays Homage To Nora: Now comes Erik Santos, who announced July 26 that in his forthcoming concert at the Music Museum on August 12 and 13, a few songs popularized or identified with Ms. Aunor will be part of the repertoire.

Erik’s new show, called “Power Icons,” pays tribute to musical legends, men and women alike, who have impacted the music industry.

Echoed are songs popularized by Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Basil Valdez, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Nora Aunor.

The inclusion of “women” songs on his show sets “Power Icons” apart from Martin Nievera’s similarly-themed “Tribute” show staged recently at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Incidentally, “Tribute” will have a repeat on September 2 in the same venue.

A Showcase Each Year: On the eve of releasing a new album with “Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka” as carrier, Erik Santos says it has been his policy to mount a showcase concert every year.

Noting that concert producers are diminishing in number, the singer says he’s been actively co-producing his own shows. Erik’s production company,

Core Events, partners with Record Breaker Events in this new venture that also hopes to donate funds to Bosom Buddies Cancer Foundation.

The OPM concert scene, he admits has been feeling the pinch of foreign invasion and a remarkable drop in audience attendance.

He cites a remark by Regine Velasquez, who once said that only one out of 10 concert producers makes money on local acts of late.

But, Erik hangs on. In his dream to become an icon himself when the time comes, Erik keeps himself focused on his singing, recording more songs, and approximating great performances all the time.

He’s banking on the all-medleys concept of his new two-night series, his first major show this year.

Meanwhile, he hopes to record more original songs, not covers, the better to leave an imprint on the minds of his public.

(nescuar@yahoo.com)

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