It’s rare for any artist to have almost back-to-back concerts in two of the biggest cities for entertainment – Las Vegas and Honolulu. Moreover, it’s even rarer for artists to hold such concerts in premier venues like the M Resort Spa Casino and Blue Note Jazz Club Restaurant.
But trust Philippine Concert King Martin Nievera to pull off such a feat. After all, he has several records of being first in his colorful career as a live concert performer, recording artist, musician, composer, actor and producer. Martin was the first Goodwill Ambassador of ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), the leading Filipino media and entertainment network. He was also the first Ambassador for the Bantay Bata Program of ABS-CBN Foundation which has become a model for child care, rescue and protection services. Most recently, Martin became TFC’s first artist to perform the U.S. national anthem ahead of a Golden State Warriors game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California back in March of this year. And these are just a few to mention because he also set records in terms of platinum record sales and concert attendance.
This September, TFC celebrates world-class Filipino American talent Martin Nievera in his historic Labor Day weekend special concerts in the U.S.
First, on September 2, Martin became the first Filipino American artist to perform at the swanky M Resort Spa Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, Nevada. The location is near the affluent neighborhood of Southern Highlands. Joining Martin in the concert was the legendary Society of Seven or S.O.S., one of the best variety show bands ever that started as The Fabulous Echoes in Hong Kong before adopting the S.O.S. name in the 60s in Hawaii. Here they became the concert destination for many Hawaiian locals and visitors at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel for over 30 years. Martin, whose father Bert Nievera was a former member of S.O.S., created musical magic with the latest batch of this fabulous band.
Then on September 4, Monday, Labor Day holiday in the U.S., Martin again becomes the first Filipino American talent to have not one, but two solo concerts at the Blue Note Hawaii on Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu. Blue Note Hawaii was borne out of a partnership between Outrigger Resorts and Blue Note Entertainment Group, owner of music clubs in New York, Washington D.C., Milan and two locations in Japan. Just as they claim, Blue Note Hawaii serves as the state’s premier venue for world-renowned artists, from jazz and blues to Hawaiian favorites. Located in the former Society of Seven showroom inside Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Blue Note Hawaii features a wide range of musical entertainment – from local talent to international sensations – for limited engagements.