souler coaster



Based in Richmond , VA , SoulerCoaster is a nine-piece band specializing in danceable Funk, R&B, and Disco music of the '70s. With live horns, four vocalists, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and percussion, this band can provide a groove that's as slick as polyester, and as funky as anyone foolish enough to wear that stuff.

Each individual player brings a great deal of experience to the SoulerCoaster mix. All have been professional musicians for 10-20 years, including two in national touring and recording acts, and others that have toured regionally. This experience came in handy recently when the band was tapped to perform for the star-studded "Knock Out Abuse" benefit, where they entertained Quincy Jones, Michael Jordan, Bo Derek, Evander Holyfield, and a host of NFL greats.

The core that founded the group, Chris Buerkley (vocals/ percussion), Rich Lehman (drums/vocals), and Mike LaBarre (bass/vocals), have played together in various combinations of rock and acoustic acts for over a decade. Jeff Doyle (guitar) was bandleader for The Press, an East Coast favorite for over ten years. Over the same period, keyboardist Eric Lawson toured with national recording artists Fighting Gravity. SoulerCoaster 's exclusive horn section, the "Pillars of Soul" - Andy Pilger (trumpet), Tommy Daughtrey (saxophone) and Dave Lucado (trombone) - come from lengthy jazz, blues, and funk backgrounds. Vocalist Monica Jackson has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians in the world of R&B.

SoulerCoaster was formed with the idea that the music should be fun for both the audience and the band. This translates into grooves that range from high energy to smooth and laid-back, while remaining danceable throughout. Here, you will find no "stripped-down" arrangements. Rather than settle for just the basic elements of a song, SoulerCoaster has the right instrumentation to create that nostalgic, full and exciting sound for your next event.



Song List

Contemporary and Dance
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Fm
Earth, Wind, & Fire - In The Stone
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Josie
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Let's Groove
Earth, Wind, & Fire - My Old School
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Peg
Earth, Wind, & Fire - September
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Shinin' Star
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Sing A Song
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Steely Dan
Gloria Estefan - 1..2..3..4
Gloria Estefan - Conga
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Michael Jackson - Let's Dance, Let's Shout
Prince - 1999
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Country and Bluegrass
Scaggs - Lowdown
Scaggs - Lowrider
Scaggs - War

Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
Average White Band - Cut The Cake
Average White Band - Got The Love
Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces
Average White Band - School Boy Crush
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
Ccr/Ike & Tina - Proud Mary
Chicago - Beginnings
Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Herbie Hancock - Canteloupe Island
L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Ohio Players - Fire
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster
Ohio Players - Skin Tight
Santana W/Rob Thomas - Smooth

Motown, Oldies, and Beach
Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
Aretha Franklin - Think
Diana Ross - I'm Comin' Out
Evelyn Champagne King - Shame
Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers - Who's That Lady?
Ray Charles - Shake A Tailfeather
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Comin'
Sam & Dave - Soul Man
Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
Temptations - Get Ready
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - Shakey Ground
The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
The O'Jays - Give The People What They Want
The O'Jays - Slave
The O'Jays - Slide
Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

R&B, Funk, and Disco
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Al Green - Love and Happiness
Anita Baker - Sweet Love
Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us
Bill Withers - Use Me
Chaka Khan - Feel For You
Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman
Cheryl Lynn - To Be Real
Commodores - Brick House
Commodores - Slippery When Wet
Commodores - Sweet Love
Commodores - Too Hot To Trot
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Donna Summer - Last Dance
Emotions - Best Of My Love
& The Gang - Celebration
& The Gang - Funky Stuff
& The Gang - Get Down On It
& The Gang - Jungle Boogie
& The Gang - Ladies Night
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
Parliament Funkadelic - Flashlight
Parliament Funkadelic - Red Hot Mama
Patti Labelle - Lady Marmalade
Rick James - Give It To Me Baby
Rose Royce - Car Wash
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Sly & The Family Stone - Higher
Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You
Stevie Wonder - Ames Brown
Stevie Wonder - Cold Sweat
Stevie Wonder - I Feel Good
Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - J
Stevie Wonder - Sex Machine
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Taste Of Honey - Boogie Nights
Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
Taste Of Honey - Groove Line
Taste Of Honey - Heatwave
Tower Of Power - Diggin' On James Brown
Tower Of Power - What Is Hip?
Trammps - Disco Inferno

Retro 70's and 80's
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake Shake Shake
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way
Sade - Smooth Operator

Standards, Swing, and Jazz
Etta James - At Last
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
George Benson - Miss You
George Benson - On Broadway
George Benson - Rolling Stones
George Benson - Turn Your Love Around
Glen Miller - In The Mood
Jazz Set - Optional - All Blues
Jazz Set - Optional - Freddy Freeloader
Jazz Set - Optional - So What
Jazz Set - Optional - Summertime
Jazz Set - Optional - Take 5
Natalie Cole - Everlasting Love
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable - W/ Nat Cole