Songs he grew up with

As the pandemic subsides, Pardon My French has opened its doors with renewed optimism, fueled by the return of fun activities. In Reintegration, the restaurant promises to offer fried sensations, combining exceptional cuisine, impeccable service and quality entertainment.

In July, part of the entertainment program includes a performer series featuring singer-songwriter Jay Dorias. Three Saturdays in a row. Jay will be performing songs from his Songs I Grew Up With album at the same venue and calling it the Strumm Pub and Pub, where he released the album 12 years ago.

So we were there on the last night of Jay Dorias’ residency at Pardon My French, and the overall vibe was chic and millennial. That’s the kind of audience you’re likely to encounter when dinner shows cost several thousand dollars per person for an evening ticket.

To be honest, I don’t like nostalgia, especially the in-between type, soft rock or whatever marketing term it goes by these days. Then, when I sat down to watch the concert performer from the air, I felt a certain tension. Just when I was hoping for a solo singer-songwriter to help me escape from the experiences of my youth, there was Jay with a six-piece backing band (the drummer and lead guitarist’s daughter are his kids, etc.) and a backing horn. a trio on stage. My sixth sense told me that we could be on the swinging side of the south wall here.

It’s true that Jay and his buddies stuck in the memory just because they discovered gems from my college days glued to the radio and experiences. The band took songs from their 40-year residency at the top of the pop charts and reintroduced them into today’s most exciting atmosphere of rock guitars, cool beats and solid backing melodies. Jay’s unmistakable foray into classical piano works – slow where it matters, offbeat and fast in most cases – was at the center of a quiet acoustic storm.

The whole party vibe kicked off with a slew of Seals & Crofts classics amped up to energize those happy feet. Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour got a hot Latin number, as did America’s You Can Do Magic and Fra Lippo Lippo’s Light and Shade. A highlight was The Style Council’s revamped Shout To The Top, with dancers stepping out of the woodwork or dining room tables to show off their swagger, and in the case of old friends, giving up their carbs.

As for dinner, the food was oh so not amazing! I can’t remember the original French name, but the shrimp were delicious and the sauce, while a bit light for your sauce-loving Pinoy palate, was thick and flavorful to go with some kind of garlic-fried rice. I myself had a delicious French coffee with my meal, not what a gourmand would recommend from a French wine for the now improved French episode. To which I would say “Ces’t la vie!” This is not a life-changing event.

But Jay Dorias’ performance of Pardon My French was my first live show since the pandemic started and kept everyone moving day and night. Something tells me this might redefine how I spend my weekends from now on. Oh, I’m celebrating the good life! Pardon My French provides a space for artists like Jay Durias to let their art and ideas grow and give audiences a ‘dopamine hit’. The restaurant is operated by PYC Foods Corporation, a member of the Tao Business Community.

Hubert Gildon

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