Hindsight’s got the vision
They have shared the stage with musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and The Four Tops. They have travelled the world performing, and now the members of the trio Hindsight are to host a major concert in Bermuda.
Stefan Hinds, the band’s musical director and keyboard player, wife Lauretta Hinds, singer, and twin brother Rupert Hinds, bassist and singer, are recruiting 25 local artists and musicians for a suave evening of live Motown.
The Magic of Motown event, they say, will hark back to Bermuda’s tourism and entertainment heyday, and is scheduled to take place at the Fairmont Southampton on November 10.
“It’s the real deal — an authentic and unique experience,” Mr Hinds said. “We are going to recreate Motown’s icons, and we will go beyond just the Detroit years.
“We want to make it like a reunion of sorts, we want you to dress up and enjoy a great night of music. If Bermudians come out, then yes, it is going to hearken back to the heyday of Bermuda.”
Hindsight will perform throughout the 2½-hour set with numerous other performers joining them on stage. Recruitment is ongoing but Mr Hinds confirmed that singers Sheila Smith, Massassi Smith, Jamie Zuill and Willard Burch, and drummer Kevin Maybury are among the supporting cast.
Hindsight formed in 2005 but the three members have been performing together since the twins were 11 and Lauretta was 8. Stefan and Rupert were born in New York and moved to Bermuda when they were 5, while Lauretta was born and raised on the island.
All proud “Berkeleyites”, the boys met Lauretta at Heard Chapel AME where their father Hewley Hinds was a resident senior pastor.
As the NTs they were a “bona fide working band” performing around Bermuda’s hotels.
During the 1980s, they formed Electronic Symphony along with the late Damio McLuen and Vernon Tucker Jr.
At that time, Bermuda’s boom period, they opened for the likes of Luther Vandross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gregory Hinds and Patti Austin.
They also had the opportunity to travel overseas. “We were easily Bermuda’s busiest band,” Mr Hinds said. “We had the right combination of people and chemistry; it was like magic. We performed around the island, hotels and nightclubs, when Bermuda’s live entertainment scene was thriving.
“Stevie Wonder sat in on a couple of our gigs in Los Angeles and Japan, and when we went to Japan in 1982, we did a couple of gigs with him. It was awe-inspiring, he is one of our idols.”
They had numerous residencies overseas and in 1993 they renamed the band Exotique and moved to Atlanta where they performed at conventions, private parties and clubs.
From 1995 to 2005, they spent most of their time in Las Vegas, but were able to travel extensively performing with Princess Cruises, as well as at Disney World.
In 2018, the trio decided to return to their roots in Bermuda, to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Since returning they have hosted themed “house parties” at the Leopards Club and the Spinning Wheel and have had weekly slots at Henry VIII Restaurant and at the Fairmont Southampton.
Mr Hinds said that the band is yet to decide on its future, but, if there is an appetite for their music here, they will create some more events through their businesses, Bermuda Live Productions and Hindsight Entertainment.
“We have been doing house parties, there is a lot of opportunity to do other things. We are trying to see if we can create more opportunities for local musicians, singers and dancers, by doing more productions. Speaking of Bermuda’s entertainment scene today, Mr Hinds believes there is work to be done.
“You can’t do entertainment for half a year; it should be year round. There are no venues now. The hotels used to do it, and while there are new hotels in Bermuda, they are fraction units, time shares and boutique hotels.
“With 100 rooms, it is hard to justify having a nightclub. The vibrancy is so lacking here. Entertainment is expensive, but it is the cost of doing business of you are in the entertainment business. You can’t expect our visitors to just sit up at the bar and drink.
“We used to have the college weeks at the beginning of the year, and they had the time of their lives. Word of mouth is worth more than millions spent by an agency.
“They came back to get married, brought their children, recommended Bermuda to their friends ... The guests were known in the hotels, the bartenders knew their drink. There was a level of family that we had.”
At least some of that atmosphere will be present at the Fairmont Southampton for the Magic of Motown event, Mr Hinds said, but the public must come out to make that happen.
“The Motown sound was integral in everyone’s lives, it was the sound of young America.
“It is universal enough to appeal to everybody so we want everybody to come out.”