Percussionist ShaKara joined Beadhead after a stint with the Oxymorons. Her early influences include Tito Puente, Sheila E and Ralph McDonald. She plays congas, bongos, cabaca, maracas, wind chimes and numerous other percussion instruments with Beadhead. ShaKara, no relation to Shakira, orchestrates the band’s choreography on tunes like Fins, 5 O’Clock Somewhere and Stars on the Water. She’s an art history teacher and plays “Catholic Congas” at her church. Shawn is the band’s bus navigator. New music currently on her iPod is: Tom Petty, Gnarls Barkley, The Pretenders, Nelly Furtado and Santana.