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Slightly Stoopid Rocks The Cricket

OB band plays Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre July 30, 2011

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Many bands and rappers, past and present, like to make it known what their hometowns are. Whether it is through song lyrics, clothing or interviews, these musical artists like to show appreciation for the place that made them who they are. For example, Snoop Dogg never turns down an opportunity to show love for Long Beach. Ice Cube is never hesitant about letting people know he came from South Central Los Angeles. One way or another, everybody knows the Beatles are from Liverpool. The same thing goes for the band Slightly Stoopid. The band members are from Ocean Beach, here in San Diego. They are proud of that fact and like to make it known.

It's not easy for musicians to find the unique sound and distinctive groove that relates their music to their hometown. Yet, Slightly Stoopid has done it over and over again. They have instilled the laid-back, San Diego beach sound into each and every song. They have captured the essence that is Southern California life. Because of this accomplishment, the reggae-rock music lovers of this city are honored to call them fellow San Diegans. What started in 1995 as a partnership between high school friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald has quickly turned into a musical movement. Slightly Stoopid’s unique sound and flow has resulted in countless album sales, sold out concerts, a large, loyal fan base and a reputation for effortlessly speaking to listeners.

July 30, 2011, at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheatre in Chula Vista, California served as the date of Slightly Stoopid’s homecoming as part of the Seedless Summer Tour 2011. By the time Rebelution hit the stage the dark of night was starting to fall and out came the lighters and the “herb.” In between the clouds of marijuana smoke, reggae music floated in the air.

Originally from Santa Barbara, California Rebelution started their set with “Green and Black” and “Bright Side of Life.” All the Rebelution fans in the crowd immediately recognized the two songs and expressed their approval of the song choices. During these two songs, back up dancers dressed in green wigs and short, green skirts danced in unison behind lead singer Eric Rachmany. While choreographed dancing is not usually associated with reggae music, the surprise offered a change of pace.

After performing for an hour, the band ended their set with the song “Safe and Sound.” At the conclusion of the song, drummer Wesley Finley threw his drumsticks into the orchestra section, igniting uncontrollable excitement. It was obvious that everyone really enjoyed Rebelution’s performance. They had played their most popular songs and had done a good job of keeping the crowd excited throughout the entire set. As the stage was being prepared for Slightly Stoopid, DJ Unite entertained the crowd with the music of Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Luniz, and Ziggly Marley. His choice of music kept right along with the night’s laid back marijuana vibe.

Suddenly, the moment everyone was waiting for had arrived. The stage was set up, the light show was ready, the crowd was pumped, and anticipation levels were at an all-time high. DJ Unite held the microphone to his mouth and emphatically yelled: “Are you all ready for Slightly Stoopid?”

The band opened up their set by playing the song, “Officer.” From there, the band performed a few of their punk rock songs before switching back to their reggae style, playing songs such as “I Ain’t Got A Lot of Money” and “Somebody.” From that point on, Slightly Stoopid stuck to playing their popular songs, the songs people had paid money to hear. These songs included “Closer to the Sun,” “2 AM,” “Collie Man,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” The amphitheatre was electric at this point. They also took the opportunity to try out a couple of new songs, “Questionable” and “We Don’t Wanna Go.”

The group finished their set at 11 p.m. Five minutes later, the band came out on stage again for an encore. They played the fan favorite, “Wiseman,” with special guest Don Carlos, the famed reggae singer from Jamaica. For a night, people of all ages shared something in common: their love of music. As usual, Slightly Stoopid had wowed the crowd and no fan was left disappointed.

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  • Organization: Slightly Stoopid
  • Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheare
  • Dates: July 30, 2011
  • Rating: 3 of 5