Basia at Bimbo’s in San Francisco California: An Author G. D. Grace Concert Review

Anyone who has seen the YouTube links I  post on Facebook knows that my musical taste is vast; from Gospel to R&B, from Jazz to Light Pop, and Rap to Light Rock, if I find a connection with the lyrics, the melody or the message in a song my ears can be stroked and seduced very easily by the recording.  It has been that way for me for as long as I can remember.  Even when I was a young lad, I remember liking  Elton John and KiKi Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking my Heart”  just as much as any R&B song in circulation on KDIA (a now defunct San Francisco Bay Area Radio Station).

For me, even if the song is being sung in a different language, an emotional performance can still strike a chord in my heart, so when the phenomenal international Latin crooner Luis Miguel sings “Solamente Una Ves”  (Just one time I loved in my Life), the only thing I feel is the sincerity in the tone of his voice and the strong feelings he is presenting.  There are no barriers for me when it comes to a stellar delivery, that’s just how much I love and connect with music.

There have been associates of mine who have poked fun at me, who have asked me if I was tone deaf or crazy, who have even suggested that I do not have any taste in music.  Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and though my musical roots are based in Soul and Rhythm and Blues, I can embrace Hall & Oats, George Michael, Kenny Loggins and Madonna just as tightly as I can Mary J. Blige, Tupac, Aretha Franklin, or Luther Vandross’ rich soulful performances.

Tonight I was memorized by a female singer from Poland named Basia, whose dynamic vocal abilities stand in a class all by themselves.  I was introduced to her by a friend of mine who worked for KBLX on an internship back in the late 80’s, and her soulful hit “Time and Tide” was in heavy circulation on VH1’s video line up.  When my friend loaned me her copy of the CD that carried the same title as the name of that song, my cotton socks were knocked off and it took me a minute to locate them, but once I did, I slipped them back on and that CD was in constant rotation in my player.

Well, needless to say, when it was announced that she would be appearing at Berkley’s Greek Theater back then, I made sure that my friend purchased me a ticket to that concert as well.  Now, mind you, I had only gone to R&B concerts such as Confunkshun, Shalamar, Teddy Pendergrass, Natalie Cole etc…   prior, so I had no idea what to expect once my behind was seated on the cement stadium seats of the outdoor amphitheater.

All I can say is that she had me after that first song, and now, some 20 years later I am still a huge fan of her music.  In that she is a naturally gifted performer, the only thing on that stage are the essentials — a horn player, a drummer, a keyboard player, a guitarist, two exceptional background singers and, of course, Basia. Even though she’s a little older, like many of us, there is still no denying those tight, lush, harmonies that filled Bimbo’s night club.  From the spectacular solo spots taken by the musicians and backup vocalist on that stage, to the subtle and sexy hip swivels by her and those lovely, twin, backup singers, everything flowed as smoothly as liquid gold.

The instrumentation was pure artistry in motion, and everyone present in the audience sang and swayed along with every song that was sung; from “Third Time Lucky”, “Crusing for Brusing” and “Yearning”, to “Waters of March” and “Promises”, to “Astrud” , “Miles Away”  and “A New Day for You”, we could not get enough.  For two hours the songs kept coming and when it seemed as though things were  over, she graced us with an encore and the infectious, pulsating chants of  “Half A Minute” which is always a showstopper.

Only a select few million people really know the beauty of Basia, and I am one of them.  Even though mainstream radio seems to snub artist like her, it doesn’t matter, with YouTube and the option to buy the music we want to hear, her relevancy in the entertainment world is just as solid as it was when she first stepped out on her own from Matt Bianco’s sensational band.

If I had one wish right now, it would be to rewind November 19th, 2010, to 9:00pm, so that I can watch this incredible performer all over again at the quaint venue called Bimbo’s located in the China Beach area of San Francisco.

Author, G. D. Grace

 

Basia’s “Time & Tide”

 

 

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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2 Responses to Basia at Bimbo’s in San Francisco California: An Author G. D. Grace Concert Review

  1. Craig Trapnell says:

    I wanted to go soooo bad… but I am unemployed, and was unable to go….:( I knew it would be an awesome night of highest quality pro entertainment, and after reading your wonderful review, I at least have you confirming what I believed, that it would be a magical night. I’m glad you went, and wrote a very nice review. Thank You, it’s nice to know , in this greedy nasty world we live in, a few of us can appreciate beauty when we see it.
    Craig

    • Craig, not only did you warm my heart with your beautiful words, you also encouraged me with them. Thank you for dropping by, and I wish you were there. I understand the financial thing too, had it not been for the kindness of a good friend, I would not have been able to attend. I was unemployed, landed a part-time job, and I’m only able to make ends meet with the help of friends. I wish you all the best, and welcome you to drop by anytime. For you, as well as for me, we will land a full-time gig soon, but until then, all we have to do is just keep on living.

      God bless, and drop by anytime.

      GD.

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