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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 18, Issue 21

Soul'd Out celebrates singer's birthday with show at Santa Maria Inn

By JOE PAYNE

Working isn’t how most like to spend their birthday each year, but there are a few exceptions.

Like lead singer for local band Soul’d Out, Lisa Duran, who will perform with the band on her birthday, Aug. 5, at the Santa Maria Inn’s Olde English Tap Room. It’s a good thing the members of the band don’t necessarily see performing as “work,” explained Lisa’s husband, Joe Duran.


READY TO RIFF
Soul’d Out has performed across the Central Coast for a few years now, including regular spots at the Santa Maria Inn’s Tap Room, where the group performs on Aug. 5.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOE DURAN

“She’s our front person, does all the talking, does all the vocalizing all night,” he said. “It’s going to be her birthday, we’re celebrating it out there. It should be a fun one for sure.”

Soul’d Out has a “semi-regular” rotation at the Santa Maria Inn, Joe said. He explained the Tap Room as a “cozy” venue that’s “intimate and dark,” and “a great place to get down, for sure.”

That also makes it a fun place to celebrate his wife’s birthday, he said. Soul’d Out performs music that locals love, like classic rock, old school, R&B, and soul music.

The couple has played in a number of local bands, including Soulamente and Steppin’ Out. They combined the two names to get Soul’d Out, which formed two years ago.

“When you say soul, you’re almost thinking of ’60s Motown, like Marvin Gaye or The Temptations and stuff,” he said. “We don’t really do any of that. It’s to kind of let people know who we are, that it’s going to be Joe and Lisa out there.”

The group focuses on music that gets people on the dance floor, Joe said, and keeps them there. You won’t hear a lot of slow songs or ballads at a Soul’d Out show, he said.

Santa Marians and Central Coasters in general appreciate funky baselines and a solid beat, he explained, especially when dancing. But plenty of local bands can do that, he said, so Soul’d Out tries to give more than just the Top 10 Billboard hits of the ’70s and ’80s.

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Soul’d Out performs a live concert on Aug. 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Santa Maria Inn’s Olde English Tap Room, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. More info: 928-7777.

“We kind of try to pick out the most legit music that’s got the funk or has got the groove to it,” he said. “We basically look for where the meat is in that music.”

The rest of the group includes drummer James Conver, guitarist Jacob O’Dell, and keyboard player Eric Shecter. They’re used to playing at Rancho Nipomo, the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, and other popular nightlife spots, Joe said.

The group is always looking to have fun, he said, whether performing all night or sharing the stage with a DJ. They like to meet people and mingle too, he said, and they’re come to know a number of local music fans who keep showing up to their concerts. Those are the folks that Joe hopes will show up to both listen and wish Lisa a happy birthday.

“There’s some good people still coming out after all these years, mainly to hear my wife sing,” he said. “And she does it, she does it to death, the Teena Marie, Chaka Kahn stuff. She just amazes me to this day.”

Managing Editor Joe Payne is also married to an amazing vocalist. Contact him at jpayne@santamariasun.com.




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