Bleu Rascals is a filipino trio blues band who plays Texas Style blues and has been around for a year and a half now. They quickly established themselves as the tightest and most convincing blues band in Manila, even at their young age.
The band now is the busiest blues band in the Philippines, performing as many as 5 gigs in a single week. In early June 2011, they were selected as backup band for visiting American blues professional Michael Bourne. In four gigs over three days, including an online radio-TV broadcast, Michael and the Bleu Rascals gave some of the strongest blues performances seen in Manila night spots over the past 25 years.
The band is now receiving invitations to perform at major music festivals in Manila, and it has even been approached about performances outside of the country.
Yes, the future of the blues in the Philippines is indeed in good hands. And, with luck and lots of work, perhaps they will bring along with them a new generation of blues fans throughout the country.
Besides playing regular gigs four nights a week in Manila bars, the band has performed at the following international events:
International Blues Challenge, Memphis, Feb 2012
Timbre Rock & Roots, opening for Buddy Guy and Keb Mo', March 2012
Jakarta International Blues Festival, Oct 2012
Japan Blues Festival, July 2013
Cotai International Jazz & Blues Festival/Competition, Macau, Oct 2013
The Bleu Rascals won FIRST PLACE in the Cotai international competition, out of 118 international bands who applied, winning a cash prize of HK$ 250,000.
Bleu Rascals is composed of :
Paul Marney Leobrera [guitar/vocals, 20 yrs old]
Oliver Salaysay [bass, 24 yrs old]
Jay Garcia [drums, 25 yrs old].