Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere
263 North Center Street
Mesa, AZ, 85201
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM
This event is all ages
With more than a decade of making music together, the members of Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove, that knack for quietly, almost innocently, sliding into a composition, and utterly lassoing anyone within earshot by mid-song. That's where the band has come to reside, musically: deep in the pocket, that ever-elusive, funky trench where a band can entrance an audience, hypnotize it and hold on to it until the set or CD is finished. Built on a bedrock of nasty, oceanic slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms, Slightly Stoopid illustrate a case study in underground success, steeped in years of hard touring, an improvisational business model, and a creative process that continues to unwind and push the envelope of a new jam-based genre the band helped to create.
Slightly Stoopid has built a large n' loyal fan base, and has soared to one of the most successful independent artists of this decade. The buzz surrounding the group continues to increase with each successive release; their album catalog sales have topped the 700,000 mark and the group continues to fill the most prestigious concert venues around the world, and continues to create a legion of "stoopidheads" in the process!
In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed - and #5 Billboard Top 200 charting - album, When LIfe Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. And in their "spare" time, the group returned home to Minneapolis in 2009 to record their 2010 double EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, an homage to their friends.
In 2011, Atmosphere is taking that feeling one step farther with this long awaited LP, The Family Sign, a tribute to their true extended family: their fans, their loved ones, and each other.
The Family Sign was written early in 2010, and as they sat down to record the record, the Family grew a few times over. In the studio, Atmosphere was joined by long time touring musicians Nate "The Guitar Man" Collis (guitar) and Erick Anderson (keys). At home, 2010 also saw the addition of two real-life children to the Atmosphere family, further inspiring the writing process and the concept, and title, of the album.
The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It's about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who's been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It's about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It's about living and dying. It's the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It's about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who've made you who you are and continue doing so.
The Family Sign is Atmosphere's most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug's signature voice weaves in and out of Ant's ASR-born production, Nate Collis' bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson's unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere's signature sound. Join the Family April 12th, 2011.
From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have
become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused
with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven
Rene Jacobo [lyrics, lead vocals, rhythm guitar] and Tony-Ray Jacobo [producer,
keyboard player], Tribal Seeds now boats six members, including: Tony Navarro
[lead guitar], Carlos Verdugo [drums], Jose Rodriguez [keys, percussion], and
Victor Navarro [bass].
Tribal Seeds' unmatched musical talent and authentic sound has brought them to
the forefront of the reggae rock genre, as their art form has reached people of all
ages across the United States, and worldwide. The band's self titled debut
album, "Tribal Seeds" was released in 2008, and their second album "The
Harvest" was released in June of 2009. iTunes named both albums the "Best
Of" in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped
garner them the "Best World Music" title at the San Diego Music Awards in
2008, and "The Harvest," which contained fourteen new and original songs,
debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The tracks,
written and produced by Tribal Seeds, were recorded and mixed by Alan
Sanderson at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, and mastered by
Erik Lobson at Universal Mastering.
On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled
"Soundwaves," which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts.
The band notes that the album was inspired by their life experiences, being on
tour, and their desire to inspire youth to raise their voices and seek a higher
Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed
in Mexico, Guam, Aruba, and Hawaii. They have shared the stage with artists
such as Dave Mathews Band, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's
Addiction, Skrillex, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Matisyahu, Sublime with
Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Pepper, Collie Buddz, The
Wailers, Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Gregory Issacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and