Stem Beach Soul Revival shined some light on the Pueblo Pride Fest stage at Mineral Palace Park, on Aug. 18.
Lacey Santiago is the vocalist, John Bueno is the bassist, Paul Rosales and Shanon Sinclair are the guitarists, Shaun Herrera is the drummer and Dan Wiley is the keyboardist of Stem Beach Soul Revival. Bueno, Sinclair and Wiley are the backup vocalists.
After Stem Beach Soul Revival was introduced, Herrera struck his drum sticks together and the rest of his band mates provided a reggae beat. They went onto mash-up a song from the Toots and the Maytals catalog with The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. After the song came to an end, she asked if anyone else was dying from the heat too. They responded with cheers and she went onto ask if they were having a good time. Then, they continued their set with Jimmy Cliff’s “Harder They Come”.
Santiago noticed the scorching temperature remained the same. She advised the spectators to not feel discouraged and encouraged everyone to dance to “Little B”. As the band provided a ska like instrumental, an audience member rose to the occasion and skanked in front of the stage. Afterwards, Santiago hoped the dancer would not be the only one to dance. He went back into the crowd and grabbed a partner to dance with.
Prior to the start of Stem Beach Soul Revival’s version of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout”, Santiago made sure the tired spectators danced along. As soon as she sang the lyrics, members of the crowd stood where they sat and others walked to the front of the stage to dance. As she lowered her vocal range, those whom danced along lowered themselves to the ground.
In need of a cool down, Stem Beach Soul Revival continued their set with John Holt’s “Reggae from the Ghetto”. Bueno, Rosales, Sinclair, and Wiley sang along with Santiago, during the chorus. They went onto end their recital with Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop”
Brenton Wood’s “Gimme a Little Sign”, The Rolling Stones’ “Monkey Man”, Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie”, William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful for What You Got”, The Ronette’s “Be My Baby”, Otis Redding’s “Shama Lama Ding Dong”, Blondie’s “The Tide is High”, Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Mr. Jones”, Smokey Robinson’s “I Second That Emotion” and Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” were also a part of Stem Beach Soul Revival’s set.