Badi Assad

Badi Assad

Badi Assad

Replay Guitar Exchange; Tampa, FL • October 24, 2016

When I went to the Badi Assad concert at Replay Guitar Exchange in Tampa, I wasn’t expecting a concert. I was expecting the typical “in store” appearance where a performer hangs out, signs some autographs and maybe plays a song or two. When I arrived a bit after 6pm, there was an actual opening act (Acme Jazz Garage) on the stage. This guitar shop in a South Tampa strip mall has a stage and sound system as good as any small club in town. These were all pleasant surprises.

Twenty years ago, Badi Assad (pronounced Ba – Gee), lived in Sarasota. I saw her do one song with another Brazilian band at the old Workbench in Clearwater. That one song made a big impression. I’ve been hoping for another chance to see her, but we don’t get very many Brazilian jazz guitarists, singers coming through town.

Bob Pomeroy

Playing a borrowed guitar, Badi, immediately captivated the audience with her masterful guitar work and captivating vocals. She was at ease telling stories about her grandparents, immigrants from Europe who found each other in a small Brazilian town. Her brothers are well known Classical guitarists. Her easy rapport with the audience made it feel more like sitting around someone’s living room than any kind of club gig.

Badi’s music ranged from original tunes (sung in both Portuguese and English) to some unexpected covers. The Eurhythmics, “Sweet Dreams” got a flamenco make over. She played several tunes from her latest album, Hatched. She explained that originally, she was going to do a covers album featuring the usual suspects like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. She was encouraged to look at new songwriters for inspiration. That’s how we ended up hearing “Sedated” by Hozier and “Stranger” by Skrillex.

Bob Pomeroy

I hope it doesn’t take another 20 years for me to get a chance to see Badi Assad again. She’s a force of nature on the acoustic guitar and she’ll surprise you by throwing in scat singing, beat boxing and other unorthodox vocalizations, I’m also excited to see who else Replay Guitar Exchange will bring to their stage.

Badi Assad: badiassad.com/en

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

1 Comment

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives