Musical Review: Hindsight Performs At The Loft

August 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

[Written by Lauren M. Bell]

It was Saturday 31st July, the day after Mary Prince Day, and the stage was set for a night of great entertainment!

In a small, intimate setting at The Loft [located in the Emporium Building, Front Street], a group of mature music lovers gathered to enjoy old school jams delivered by Hindsight, the world-renowned and much-loved Bermudian trio comprised of Stefan, Rupert and Lauretta Hinds.

This event was organised by Selena A. “Va Va” Fields of Va Va Entertainment Ltd. and Hind Sight Multi Media. It was a private, invitation only event, with guests required to adhere to Covid-19 protocols for their safety and comfort.

To begin the evening, guests were treated to the melodious sounds of Lloyd Williams on the flute as they settled into their seats. The event was hosted by Wesley “Mr. Magic” Phillips who welcomed everyone and brought a bit of humor by reflecting on some of the “joys” of getting older. And then it was showtime!

After a hiatus of 16 months due to the pandemic, Hindsight was thrilled to once again be performing in front of a live audience. Lauretta’s excitement was hard to contain and infectious! Stefan and Rupert reminisced about the group’s performances around the world on land and on the high seas and told stories about the artists they had the opportunity to meet or work with including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Tito and Jermaine Jackson.

Hindsight began their performance with “Don’t Stop the Music” and they covered a broad range of genres and artists including The Temptations, Bruno Mars, Anita Baker, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Lauryn Hill and Kirk Franklin to name just a few. Other highlights were two of Va Va’s favourite songs, “Shy Guy” originally recorded by Diana King and “Here’s to Life” by Shirley Horn. The audience gleefully participated by singing along and even dancing to their favourite songs.

During the show, Hindsight also paid tribute to the late Gilbert ‘Bill’ Caisey, who was a top Bermudian singer and band leader. Mr. Caisey, who died just a week before the show, was quite influential in their career. Mr. Caisey, who was always immaculately dressed, taught them that there was a difference between street clothes and stage clothes.

He instilled in them the importance of looking good, and as a result, they built an extensive wardrobe that enabled them to match any given colour scheme at any given time. Bill’s cousin June Caisey, also an esteemed veteran singer and a former limbo dancer, was in attendance for the performance, which added a special touch.

The audience, invited to “dress to impress,” included fellow entertainers, executive board members, and members at large of the Bermuda Entertainment Union [BEU], a faithful following of Lauretta’s schoolmates, lovers of old school music, family and friends, and even a newlywed couple.

The Loft was a suitable venue for the occasion, with food and beverage service provided by a couple of hard-working servers. Guests were seated at tables and on couches spread around the room in a relaxed setting. Va Va, who is also President of the BEU, has a passion for supporting and showcasing Bermudian talent and has the ability to make everyone feel like family and at home.

All in all, it was a great night. Hindsight had clearly worked hard to ensure that they could deliver a flawless performance and their efforts paid off much to the delight of the patrons who left happy and with their long thirst for local entertainment quenched. There were door prizes and sweet treats for the attendees and at the end of the evening, patrons also took the opportunity to pose for pictures at the beautifully designed Va Va Entertainment step and repeat banner.

If you are longing for a Hindsight experience, you will be pleased to know that additional performances will be held in the near future. Stay tuned! You don’t want to miss it!

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