PUEBLO, Colo.—Samantha Medina celebrated the life and times of the late Naim Liss through R&B at Mineral Palace Gardens, on May 30. She was the opening act, along with: Krazy D, Horrifik Kreationz and Milogic. Bullhead*Ded was the direct support and Made Up Minds was the headliner.
Before Medina performed her set—the master of ceremonies, Curtis Lee Cancino, welcomed everyone to the event. He mentioned all of the funds raised at the event will go towards a scholarship fund, on behalf of Naim Liss’ behalf. Shortly after, he pointed all of the amenities the celebration had to offer and pointed out where they could be found. Cancino then introduced Medina to the crowd and she began her recital with “Believe”.
After thanking the audience, more spectators recorded Medina’s performance with their smartphones or camcorders. As the opening chorus of “Sweet Love” was heard—she showcased her high vocal range, as the low notes accompanied hers. As the final chorus came to an end—she harmonized with it, until the background music faded away.
Krazy D ran up to the stage and spoke to Medina briefly, before the start of “Can’t Do Better”. After the conversation had concluded, they nodded their heads and he parted. During the song, she alternated her lyrics with the ones heard through the monitors. As the song came to an end—she kept her right heel to the ground, lifted her toes, leaned back and held her final note.
“Thank You” brought an end to Medina’s concert, as she was welcomed with applause and whistles. Unlike her previous tracks, which had assistance by a female’s voice, the final song was accompanied by a male’s backup vocals. After the song came to an end, Cancino made his way back to the stage and congratulated Medina on a job well done. He encouraged those he did not know at the park to join them, enjoy music and celebrate Naim Liss’ life.
Medina took time to speak of what Naim Liss meant to the Pueblo, Colo. music scene, after her set. She mentioned she met him through a mutual friend, while she recorded a chorus. They spoke of how they wanted to collaborate and never had the chance to. She mentioned how great of an artist he was, how everyone loved him, how “hype” his music was, how everyone felt it and how it related to everybody.