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Live Review: Slightly Stoopid Festival Pier Philadelphia 08-10-2013

18 August 2013 No Comment

Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Tribal Seeds
Kickin’ Up Dust tour
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA
August 10th, 2013
Review by Alicia Longo

Slightly Stoopid lit up Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with the Kickin’ Up Dust tour, featuring Minneapolis hip-hop duo, Atmosphere, and California reggae extraordinaires, Tribal Seeds. Returning to the Pier after supporting last year’s 311 Summer Unity Tour in Philly, the band headlined for this summer’s line-up of not-to-be-missed live music.

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Openers Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds got the crowd ready for a night of superb live music. Tribal Seeds is one of the best live reggae bands I’ve heard, I enjoyed every song they played. Atmosphere was absolutely amazing, and even the reggae kids were nodding their heads and jumping around to Slug, Plain Ole Bill, & DJ Ant’s impeccable chemistry and hip-hop expertise. If ever you have the chance to see either of these bands, please, GO!

I missed most of Slightly Stoopid’s set last year, and damn, was that a mistake. Their feel-good, reggae/rock/blues fusion style, shaken up with old school punk undertones and a tight horn section thrown in, really makes for an interesting mix of dreamy reggae licks, raw punk riffs, and a bit of ska-like energy. Crowd favorites like “Baby I Like It”, “Closer To The Sun”, and “2am” had the crowd blazing and dancing all night, but the band threw in a few older tunes that were fast and roughty, seemingly a tribute to their roots. Frontman and guitarist, Kyle McDonald, and bassist/vocalist, Miles Doughty, swapped up intstruments on a few songs, showing off their diverse skills, while McDonald shared a joint with the crowd, amping up the audience, and keeping true to their “stoner-band” reputation.

2013_0810_Slightly_Stoopid_p (5) A most pleasant surprise on the setlist from Saturday night was the diverse choice of covers the band chose to smack the crowd around with. Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings”, off of 1991’s Nevermind, beat you straight upside your head, and McDonald made tribute to Kurt Cobain and his ability to scream like no one has or ever will. Off of their album Closer To The Sun, the band covered “This Joint”, a G. Love & Special Sauce track, for sure a crowd favorite, and the best surprise of the night was a cover of 1970’s hit “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The horn section tore it up on this one!

Overall, it was an awesome night of reggae and hip-hop, and Slightly Stoopid came through with an extra-long setlist. The Kickin’ Up Dust tour concludes August 24th in Boca Raton, FL, with special guests Eligh and the Grouch playing on select dates. Next up for Slightly Stoopid is (surprise, surprise) the US Cannabis Cup presented by High Times magazine, also featuring Redman of Wu-Tang Clan, September 7th and 8th in Seattle, Washington.

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