Yoshi’s in Oakland is rich with it’s 43 year history, known primarily as the one of the Bay Area’s premiere jazz houses is truly a precious pearl. Patrons come from all four corners of the earth to enjoy the magical low lit ambiance that sets the mood . The traditional burgundy velvet on crème décor with polished wood accents are elegant and the state of the art sound system in the theater most impressive. The venue projecting a warm and intimate setting, which was both relaxing and fun. The staff dressed in their formal attire and attentive to our every need without asking, went out of their way to make sure we had all we needed. Fully equipped as a sushi restaurant, club and lounge, we couldn’t ask for anything more at a venue of this size.
After driving 2 hours with my 22 year old son Elias, then around San Francisco in traffic for most of the day, It took a a bit to get freshened up for the show. I can never come to the Bay without visiting the beach, the ocean is great for meditation before writing. Nonetheless I arrived to our seats just into Malina Moye’s first song, fashionably late thankfully we didn’t miss any of her songs.
Speaking from a neutral standpoint although the house was full of a variety of patrons and was fully packed, I could tell by the people surrounding us, that it was going to be a tough crowd if Malina didn’t put on a great show. After the first song, I could hear the mumbles and snickers of a drunken housewife below us attempting to heckle Malina in Spanish a bit, toying with her because she didn’t understand what was being said. I began to wonder what this crowd was going to end up like but hoped for the best. I felt ashamed that a fellow Latina woman would behave like the woman in the crowd was, especially at her age.
The Sexy, sassy, classy and dressed to impressed Ms. Malina Moye made it blatantly clear that she came to rock the roof off the house no matter what anyone had to say about it. There was no settling for less and Malina owned the stage from the first to the last riff. Lucky enough, I’m one of those people who get to make a living doing what they love and most of the time I take notes during shows, but not at this one. I didn’t want to miss one second of the performance, from the way Malina Moye caressed her guitar and even paused for the cameras without missing a beat, to the way she glided across the stage with funk, the entire show was completely edge of your seat entertaining.
Malina performed the songs off of her new album Rock and Roll Baby, which has multiple hits that have charted on Billboard. Each song I heard was even more impressive to hear live, than when I first heard the album on iTunes.
If you have read this far by now you may be starting to think that I’m bias, well… wait until I tell you what happened next. As I sat enjoying the show with my son, sipping my non-alcoholic pomegranate spritzer, Malina Moye stopped to interact with the audience and asked for a volunteer. Without surprise damn near every man ( and even the drunken housewife), were raising their hands hoping to be selected to come on stage with Malina. None the less to my extreme surprise and delight, she selected my son and directed him to come up to the stage.
Realistically as a parent that night, I was having a hard time swallowing the fact that I have a child old enough to get into a show and have a drink with me, but seeing Malina turn my extremely charismatic son beet red on stage was the best time ever. Elias went up on stage and held Malina gently, like the gentleman he was raised to be, she began to ask him questions, then sweetly serenaded him to her new ballad Are you the one? I can’t begin to describe the smile on my son’s face for the next 24 hours, I’m sure this was one for the books for him. Upon the shows end, the crowd gave Malina a standing ovation and cheered for her to come back out and perform some more. All is well that ends well.
We were fortunate enough to meet Malina Moye after the show and take a few quick pictures with her before exiting back to the valley. I definitely can’t wait until Malina comes back to Yoshi’s again, we’ll definitely make it a point to be there again. Overall the album is more than listen worthy and the show is unforgettable, but don’t take my word for it, see and hear for yourself. Visit www.malinamoye.com for more information on Malina Moye show dates and music.