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Slightly Stoopid: Schools Out For Summer 2018 Tour

Sunday

Jun 17, 2018 – 6:00 PM

Gayley Road 94720
Berkeley, CA Map

  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Stick Figure
  • Pepper

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Slightly Stoopid: While it’s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group’s diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into why it's been a few years since the release of their last studio album. But on August 14, 2012, the Ocean Beach, California-based group—led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald—will drop their latest studio effort, Top of the World. As heard throughout the disc, the layoff between albums has not affected the group's penchant for cooking up the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid’s trademark sound. "We're a touring act, and we've been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade," explains Doughty. "It really came into play on the release of the new record. Our last studio record [Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid] was about three and a half years ago. But with the band, we were starting families, we'd been on the road so much, we really didn't have time to sit down and focus on actually recording it."

Doughty also admits that the creation of the band's own recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland of Ocean Beach), certainly aided the creation of Top of the World. "In the past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to make the record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time in our career,” Doughty continues. “What's nice about it is having our own environment to record in and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organic feel. For us, I feel like it's a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we've learned over the years and really put it into this record.” Another key ingredient to what makes Top of the World so special is the inclusion of several musical guests. "It really kept that 'family atmosphere' for us,” says Doughty. “I think it really shows in the music—it flows. It's like one of those records that feels like it's one giant song. It keeps building and building. For us, we couldn't be happier. Top of the World speaks volumes as to where the band is today; just lyrically and musically, we're really happy with the direction." "We had G. Love, Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Ian Neville from Dumpstaphunk, Tory Ruffin from Morris Day and the Time and Fishbone, and singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. We've been friends with G. Love for over 15 years, and we've been able to work together quite a few different times in the studio. It seems like second nature. Whenever you're recording with G., it's almost

like you're really just hanging out with your bro, and
you happen to hit record. We've done so many shows
together and so many studio sessions, it becomes second nature. Angelo Moore to me is one of the greatest frontmen to ever step foot on a stage. As a fan and out of respect, I try to do something with Angelo every time we have a record, really. If you listen to his lyrics, his vocal performance—I don't know who could keep up with Angelo on stage. Don Carlos from Black Uhuru is one of the legendary reggae singers of all time, and we've had the pleasure of working with him the last few years." Riffing on some of the album’s highlights, Doughty says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G. Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar line throughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,’ he is a true architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo—it’s a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooks and crannies we play across the country.” Besides recording at their own studio, Slightly Stoopid has always been extremely hands on when it comes to their career, going back more than a decade to when they founded their own record label, Stoopid Records. "We started Stoopid Records around 2000,” Doughty clarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doing with our records, and we thought it would be good to have
our own independent label—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records. What's nice is we've had a following with the fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid and other bands we want to help break out." "For us, it was a big turning point, as far as having complete creative control over everything we do. That's something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don't really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We've always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it's paid off in dividends." In addition to the arrival of Top of the World, Slightly Stoopid should be very busy for the rest of 2012. "This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool— those guys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we've been headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we're going to co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for our fans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the new record. After the summer tour, we're going to do a fall tour and a winter tour, stay on the road as much as possible, promote the record, and keep making more music." Slightly Stoopid’s current line-up, featured on the Unity Tour 2012, consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), along with Ryan “Rymo” Moran (drums), Oguer “OG” Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards). Additionally, “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars also lent his talents throughout Top of the World, and is joining the band on tour this summer. Nearly two decades into their ongoing metamorphosis, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound even further and creating a contagious feel-good vibe. An entire subculture has grown around the social statements the band makes with their music—and it’s been done entirely on their own terms. No wonder they feel like they're on Top of the World.

Stick Figure: Possessing a unique style of music that combines a creative blend of upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub, comes a man with no limit for his musical abilities. Stick Figure's music is written, recorded, and produced by Scott Woodruff, a young man from Duxbury, MA...located about 40 minutes from Boston. Scott became fascinated with the art of music at an early age when he began playing the drums. Eventually, his passion for music grew and over time he acquired the skills to play the guitar, bass, and the keyboard. With the purchase of a quality 16-track recorder, Scott found the means to combine his talents for these different instruments and began writing songs on his own.

All of Stick Figure's songs are made by recording each instrument separately, then layering several tracks on top of one another in unison. Seeing that Scott plays all the instruments and produces all the songs himself, Stick Figure is not a band , but rather a single artist combining his musical talents for each instrument to produce the songs that make up his albums.

The long awaited 'Sound of my Addiction' album is now available for purchase. The album contains 15 original studio tracks. Visit the Stick Figure website to preview all of the tracks on the album. www.stickfiguremusic.com

Pepper: While reggae-influenced rock band Pepper may be from Hawaii, they've found huge success on tour dates throughout the continental US, especially on the West Coast. Pepper's unique ska sound has appealed to rock, ska, reggae, and pop fans, and the musical diversity has led to Top 100 albums like 2006's No Shame. While they haven't released a full-length album in three years, Pepper is keeping fans entertained with popular live performances, including US tour dates in 2011.

Childhood friends Kaleo Wasserman (lead guitar, vocals) and Bret Bollinger (bass) formed Pepper in 1996 and, after meeting drummer Yesod Williams, began to make a name for themselves locally. A year or so later, Pepper headed to Southern California and began opening tour dates for big name reggae acts like Shaggy and The Expendables. While their debut album, Give'n It went somewhat unnoticed, their third album, In With the Old was well received and placed in the Top 20 of the independent albums charts. Pepper's biggest hit came in 2006 with the release of No Shame, which featured the hit single "No Control."

Pepper's latest album, Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations, has further evolved the band's already popular sound, and became their first album to break into the Billboard 200 at #83. Pepper can be found on the Warped Tour until August 12, after which they'll head out on 2011 US tour dates until October 8. Pepper also has two shows in Hawaii in November, so check out Pepper's full tour to avoid missing out.

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