Positioned towards the front of the crowd, I spent some time talking to a nice couple standing next to me. They had come all the way from Las Vegas to make it out to this show and were incredibly excited for Bibi’s performance. I had never seen Ms. Bourelly perform live and the eyes in my new acquaintances lit up when I told them this. They went on to give me a hint on to what I was in for. The Berlin born, but Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter is said to be known for her bluntness and kickass attitude, and my new friend assured me those descriptions totally come through when experienced live.
Her band came out on stage first, opening the set with hard hitting rock sounds that contrasted beautifully with her usual R&B feel. When she hit the stage, the crowd went wild. Bibi asked members of the audience to put their phones up with their lights on and the crowd happily obliged. Her “take-no-prisoners” attitude really started to show when she dedicated her next song “Poet” to “all them f*ck n*gga’s” that she doesn’t have time for. The crowd erupted with concurring cheers (mine included).
Her set was a very satisfying mix of slower and wonderfully crafted ballads such as “Ballin”, which she stated she wrote about her personal experience with financial struggles, and her heavier hitting anthems. She went on to tell us that this night was an extremely special one for because of the current social climate around the country. She preached that this was her opportunity to bring everyone together when the country seemed be extremely divided because of the recent political events that our nation is going through.
“I don’t want to sound like a preachy bitch, but I do have a message for all of you.”
Right in the middle of her anthem “Riot” she flowed into a flawless transition of a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want To Be”, emphasizing her, and our, desire to stand out as unique individuals.
The set concluded with her band ripping into an amazing crescendo of instruments and a guitar solo that utterly blew me away as Bibi dramatically walked off the stage. I went into this night not really knowing what to expect as it was my first time covering a “30 Days In LA” event and I walked away extremely happy that I was chosen to be there that night. I’m definitely going to be looking out for future work that every artist that played that night will put out. I strongly suggest that everyone else does the same
If Any Of The Photos Below Are Pixelated, Try Clicking The “VIEW FULL SIZE” Link For A Better View
BALLIN LIVE AT RED BULL SOUND SELECT!
Posted by Bibi Bourelly on Saturday, November 12, 2016