What? No Drums Allowed at Conspiracy?
By Jim Ayson
Saturday, 03 February 2007
Conspiracy (full name: Conspiracy Garden Cafe) has long been known a byword in the Quezon City underground/progressive live music circuit. By our definition, a “progressive” dive is any place that doesn’t book the usual showbands, acoustic cover groups, and cookie-cutter pop acts. In that group we would probably add 70′s Bistro, Freedom Bar, Magnet Katipunan, among others.
As most people probably know (and if you didn’t – you certainly do now), Conspiracy is an artist-owned venue, which counts musicians like Gray Granada, Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander, Noel Cabangon, Bayang Barros, and Mike Villegas among its list of stockholders. Conrado de Quiros, writing in his column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, recently shed light on the bar’s ownership structure:
“Conspiracy is the brainchild of Gary Granada who conspired with fellow singers Noel Cabangon, Bayang Barrios, Cynthia Alexander, Joey Ayala and Cooky Chua to put it up. They invited other people to join the conspiracy, and last I looked, some 150 people had done so — artists, NGO people, and plain lovers of music, however some might dispute the term. You can’t own more than five shares, at P15,000 per. I claim the princely sum of two shares. The place itself is rich only in goodwill, creativity and talent.”
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