March 27, 2014

The Story of Reo Brothers and Beyond

Nora sent me a lot of links about Reo Brothers. She wanted me to see how good this band perform the songs of Beatles. It took me awhile to view one of the many videos she wanted me to see. And because she wanted to watch the Reo Brothers perform live, I contacted Primos Cusine and Lounge to book four seats.

Nora, as always, was the first to arrive at the venue.   I was the last to get there, because honestly I'm not interested to see Reo Brothers. I do not even know who these guys are because we do not watch too many tv shows at home. I'm just doing this for Nora for she was there when I needed someone to comfort me in one of my most unhappy moments. I owe Nora a debt of gratitude.

Outside the venue, I noticed four young menm, one of them was holding a guitar. I went and asked if they're the Reo Bothers. Photo of followed and a short interview with the four young men before I went in the venue and meet Nora, Lyn and Brooke.

The REO Brothers Band is composed of four siblings — Reno (drums), Ralph (bass), RJ (lead guitar) and Raymart (rhythm guitar) Otic. 

They were self taught when it comes to playing guitars but it was their father who influenced them into singing. Their repertoire include hits from the 1960s, from The Beatles to Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.

They were originally from Leyte but were displaced from Tacloban when super typhoon Yolanda hit last November 2013. They moved in with a relative from Quezon City and was given a chance to start a new life with the help of Rannie Raymundo (owner of Primos Cusine and Lounge). The Reo Brothers performs at Primos every Tuesday.

Last December 2013, Reo Brothers debuted in a fundraiser organized by ABS-CBN. Last March 11, 2014, they were part of PinoyRelief Benefit Concert in US. The star-studded concert raised funds for Tacloban. Performers include Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Sanchez and Charice. Apl de Ap and recent Oscar awardee (composer) Robert Lopez. 

The siblings said,"di po namin maisip na ito ay mangyayari sa amin" (it's not something we expected to happen for us). 

What can I say? After hearing The Reo Brothers perform, Nora was right all along - they're good! 

I've never joined or supported any band in the past, now at 40, I'm proud to be a part of REOTICS (Official Supporting Group Of REO BROTHERS BAND)! 

Great to meet peeps from REOTICS (Official Supporting Group Of REO BROTHERS BAND)

Grabbed with permission from kang lhu at youtube

If you want see the Reo Brothers, visit Primos Cusine and Lounge - Mayflower St. The HUB, Greenfield District ( Formerly EDSA Central along Shaw Blvd. across Shangri La Plaza)
Mandaluyong.  Reservation is required, call (02) 584 2908.

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