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How Slightly Stoopid has steered the reggae-rock wave to success – San Bernardino Sun

When guitarists/singers Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald started Slightly Stoopid in 1994, they were in front of a second generation of bands that wanted to build on the reggae-rock sound that was starting to take off with success. of groups like Sublime, 311 and to a lesser extent, No doubt.

Now, some 28 years later, Slightly Stoopid is one of a number of California-based reggae bands that can make a splash in open-air theatres, and a veteran member of a stage with repertoire playing some variation. of music rooted in reggae and espousing the Californian culture built around skateboarding, surfing, and in many cases, the benefits of marijuana. In fact, touring the theaters has become an annual summer ritual for Slightly Stoopid, which will be a staple at Cali Vibes Festival in Long Beach. To say the least, Slightly Stoopid has become the veterans with what it takes to deliver a large-scale performance for crowds that can reach 20,000 people.

“It’s like we’ve got a great crew now, great light guy,” Doughty said in a recent phone interview. “Everybody knows what we’re all thinking. It just makes it so much easier when you surround yourself with the right people and the right energy. It’s like anything. If you’ve done something a lot of times, you’ll get a lot better and start perfecting what’s going on around you.”

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Playing the amphitheatre was a distant dream for Slightly Stoopid when the group was just getting started, but that’s not the case for the teams trying to make their mark on the scene. The Cali-reggae stage has grown into an important part of the overall music scene, and Doughty is pleased to see other bands benefit from the genre’s popularity.

“I never thought where we would be when I was a kid. This is like living the dream for the 10th time,” said Doughty. “And it was great. I’m so happy for the success of all those bands. It’s great to see so many of your friends are doing well and are going through the same things all over. It’s pretty cool. ”

There is no magic formula for Slightly Stoopid’s success. The team built up the old-fashioned tough way, playing 200 or more sessions a year during their first decade. Over the years, Slightly Stoopid has also added members to the band with an ever-expanding instrumental mix. Today, the lineup includes Doughty, McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), Ryan Moran (drums), Oguer Ocon (percussion, harp), Daniel “Dela” Delacruz (saxophone), Paul Wolstencroft (keyboard) and Andy Geib (trombone) ,

And as the tours piled up, Slightly Stoopid released studio albums on a regular basis, growing and refining their brand of reggae incorporating rock, funk, folk, pop and even rock punk rock on the go.

The group’s ninth studio album, “Everyday Life, Everyday People,” came out last summer and features guest appearances from some of the big names in the reggae world, including UB40’s Ali Campbell, Don Carlos (of the famous Black Uhuru), Yellowman, Sly Dunbar and Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5). While heavily eclectic, “Everyday Life, Everyday People” finds that Slightly Stoopid leans a little more towards reggae than some previous albums.

Doughty credits the guest artists on “Everyday Life, Everyday People” for helping set the tone for the music on the album.

“Just because of the guest stars we have on the record, it’s definitely a more reggae-influenced record. But you still have songs like ‘One More Night’, which are not even in the reggae arena,” he said. “I think for us, with the guest stars we have, in the end, ultimately we did more reggae than we normally do on records, which is fine because we love reggae anyway.”

Doughty said it’s always possible that fans will see musical collaborations on stage between Slightly Stoopid and other musicians, and these are the moments he enjoys.

“What’s interesting is that it’s really something special for the fans when they can see that camaraderie,” Doughty said. “It really makes a difference in performances. It’s genuine. There is nothing like setting about it. That’s what’s so special about the band. People can relate because we are all just ordinary people, real people. ”

If you go

When: Noon every day, February 4-6

Location: Marina Green Park at Bai Dai, 386 E. Shoreline Drive, Bai Dai

Admission: Three-day tickets start at $285 for general admission, $420 for VIP, and $999 for Beach Club tickets. For the one-day pass, regular admission starts at $125, VIP starts at $180, and Beach Club starts at $450.

COVID-19 Rule: Attendees must present proof of full vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test result (molecular, PCR, or antigen) showing name, result, and timestamp. It must also be administered by an official testing center. Home test results will not be accepted. The PCR test was performed within two days of the attendee arriving at the festival or within 1 day if it was an antigen test. Masks should be worn at all times, unless actively eating.

Information: calivibesfest.com

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/28/how-slightly-stoopid-rode-the-reggae-rock-wave-to-success/ How Slightly Stoopid has steered the reggae-rock wave to success – San Bernardino Sun

Tom Vazquez

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