It was a great night out for me at the Riverside河岸留言 music venue; not too many people showed up, but the crowd was shy but enthusiastic, supporting their favourite acts and even bringing along signboards and posters! All the better for me to get up close and personal with the artists, including my favourite Lara Veronin, as well as Mify (member of disbanded band Roomie), Aoki and many others!
The very cute Musical Director Mc-ed the night with a huge dose of adorable dorkiness, but was able to take the edge off things, making it a relaxing night for both the performers while onstage and the audience. Although I don't know the names of all the members of Sunny Frog Productions personally, I feel that each of them played and performed with professionalism and a sense of humour which is always needed in situations such as these! There were a few technical hitches throughout the concert, but between the MC desperately trying to give out drink vouchers no one seemed to want and the friendly but one-sided banter between the artists and the audience; I think there were bigger things at hand to worry about. Although the crowd was somewhat aloof the whole time, looking around I saw people who were enthusiastic (albeit inwardly) about supporting good music, and was happy to join them in enjoying the wonderful music that was played for us that friday night.
The first act of the night was Lin Jun Lin, a quiet, unassuming girl who's guitar playing and voice quietly blew the crowd away. Although she's not much by the way of stage personalities, her talent shines through, as does her sweet and clear vocals and meaningful lyrics in <叛逆>(Rebellious).
The Sunny Frog Productions team worked well together, performing a seamless string of original songs with a great rhythm to each piece. It was really great to see everyone enjoying themselves up on stage, and seeing each performer as an instrumental and equal part of each song made me really happy! There's not much I can say, other than that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every song they performed. Also a special mention to dance duo Sam and Ding Ding, whose contemporary-influenced dance to <流浪到淡水> (if I'm not wrong) was really impressive and captured the dynamics and rhythm of the song perfectly!
Aiko方語昕, a popular cover artist on youtube shared her story with loyal fans and audience alike, how she found herself through her music and her journey in finding happiness. I was impressed with the songs that she wrote herself with arrangements by Sunny Frog, but felt the <狮子路口>(Lion's mouth) was a little indulgent and it was really hard for me to find the melody line in the song. Her bubbly personality really won me over, as well as the passion and dedication that she put into learning the guitar.
Mify, previously a member of the girl group Roomie preferred not to be associated so much with the disbanded group, but definitely held her own with her powerhouse vocals and great stage personality. Performing a song from her Roomie days, she brought it in a whole new direction and injected it with energy and focus. Her cover of <Titanium> also showed off her strong vocals and the creativeness of using a vocal changing machine in <The future> brought an element of excitement to the performance, but also made it harder for me to hear where the song was going. however, it had a rocking rhythm and the band was so energetic that it was still a hit for me. Definitely one of the artists who impressed me the most tonight!
Previous million star contestant (A popular taiwanese singing contest) Xu Ren Jie Stanly Xu made a surprising entrance by appearing within the crowd and starting the performance of his own creation <The light from the stars> from within the audience, before slowly making his way onto stage. The song was a warm ditty that was further enhanced by his strong baritone vocals. His rendition of the song <Catch A Feeling> where he encouraged the crowd to sing along was well done, but it was a pity that his attempts at getting the crowd to sing along were very much in vain.
And last but definitely not least was the act that I was waiting for ; Lara Veronin! (Side note: I was so excited I couldn't sleep the night before!) Having never heard her sing live before, but having seen videos, I kind of knew what I was in for but was impressed all the same. Starting off with a rock version of her song <Free Spirit> , Lara got the crowd moving with her all-encompassing stage personality, before performing her new song with Sunny Frog Productions' Roger <好开始>(Good beginnings) which she wrote the lyrics for! Finally she ended on a high note with her rendition of Bon Jovi's <It's my life>, encouraging the audience to sing along and showing off her high vocal range and technique. Honestly I think I was a little in shock throughout her performance just seeing her for the first time, but I really do think that she did a phenomenal job this time around.
Unfortunately, I had to leave almost straight after, so wasn't able to stick around for the last few songs, the final bow and TAWKI-Taipei As We Know It's creative event being held afterwards, but went back really happy,having listened to some really great artists performing some really good music.For a lot of these artists, they probably don't get much of a chance to perform songs that they've written themselves for large audiences, so it was really nice for me to hear them and their ideas through their music. Definitely regret not getting the EP on sale which featured many of the songs performed on the night, but was still really impressed by creative spirit that encompassed the entire performance. I would go again in a heartbeat.
Concert Track List:
1. Guitar Instrumental
2.叛逆Rebellious (Original piece by 林君琳)
Sunny Frog Productions
3.小雨伞(Sang by Roger from Sunny Frog Productions ; Original piece by Sunny Frog Productions)
4.暗ni(?)(Sunny Frog Productions Original)
5.流浪到淡水(Sunny Frog Productions Original)
8.狮子路口(Possibly not the right name)
9.你懂我You get me(Original by Roomie)
11.未来 the future
许仁杰 Hsu Ren Jie
12.小星星的光The light from the stars(Original by Ren Jie)
13.Catch a Feeling
15.好开始Good Beginnings (Lara's new duet with Roger from Sunny Frog Productions)
16. It's My Life (Bon Jovi cover)
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**Sorry that the concert track list is incomplete; I did the best I could.
Some of the members of the Sunny Frog Performance team
Aiko方語昕& Sunny Frog's Daniel on the guitar
Stanly Hsu 许仁杰
Lara Veronin梁心颐 performing with Sunny Frog Productions' Roger