Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere
731 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Watch & Listen
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 their loyal fan base and unique creative metamorphosis throughout their existence. Though it's been a couple of years since the release of their last studio album, Top Of The World (August 14, 2012), the Ocean Beach, California-based group—led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty—have also found the same passionate dedication to their studio craft, holing up between tours in their own San Diego recording studio and record label complex. The balance of a prolific touring regimen between albums have helped to refine the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid’s trademark sound and seven album catalogue, as well as their live shows.
"We're a touring act, and we've been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade," explains Doughty, offering that the more recent creation of the band's own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse (within the warehouse district of Mission Valley just inland of Ocean Beach) certainly aided and influenced their last release Top of the World, and has inspired their latest sessions, which the band anticipates could stretch into a few different recording projects.
"Over the last 5 years we started our own studio and within the last 9 months, anticipating the window for new album sessions, the band has invested into innovations and equipment upgrades for the studio in a quest to capture and progress our signature sound forward. Having our own studio really enables us to make records at our own pace and to make the right records, hopefully (with a grin) at various stages of our career,” Doughty continues. “What's nice about having our own environment to record in and analyze the music is 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 place and into our music.” The property also houses the creative loft space that has become the official offices of the band’s own label Stoopid Records, which issued the band’s second album in 1999 Acoustic Roots, and has continued to be their preferred method of distributing the band’s recorded material.
Another key ingredient to what makes Slightly Stoopid extraordinarily special is the inclusion of several musical guests, both live and in the studio. "It really keeps that 'family atmosphere' for us,” says Doughty. “I think it really shows in the music — we live for the spirit of collaboration and on Top of The World 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. Angelo Moore to me is one of the greatest front-men 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. 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.“
Besides recording at their own studio, Slightly Stoopid have 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 1999,” 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 2012’s Top of the World, Slightly Stoopid also released the live in-studio CD/DVD Slightly Stoopid & Friends – Live At Roberto’s, recorded with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir at his state-of–the-art TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The 32-song session included 2 sets (acoustic & electric), guest spots from Ivan Neville and Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson, Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, and Bob Weir himself! The release also boasts a candid interview of the band conducted by Weir and comedian Tommy Chong who MC’d the sessions and provided spiritual “Wisdom”! The rock n’ roll gods smiled here and PALLADIA picked it up as an hour special which 2 years later is still in the channel’s rotation.
Slightly Stoopid’s current line-up for the upcoming “Summer Sessions 2014” tour consists of Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals) along with Ryan “Rymo” Moran (drums), Oguer “OG” Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), newcomer Andy Geib (trumpet), Daniel “Dela” Delacruz (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards). Additionally, “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars, who’s been touring with the band over the last few years and lent his saxophone talents throughout Top of the World, is joining the band on tour again this summer.
Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture…and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.
Atmosphere are a hip-hop group from Minneapolis centering around rapper Slug (aka Sean Daley). The son of a black father and a white mother who divorced when he was a teenager, Slug became entranced with hip-hop, graffiti, and breakdancing, and formed the Rhymesayers collective with two high-school friends -- Siddiq Ali (Stress) and Derek Turner (Spawn). After some early gigs as Urban Atmosphere, where Slug DJed behind Spawn's rhyming, the pair hooked up with producer Ant (Anthony Davis), as well as like-minded locals such as MC Musab, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Abstract Pack, forming an underground hip-hop clique dedicated to freestyling, clever and complex lyrics, and anti-gangsta positivity. In 1998, Atmosphere released their debut album, Overcast!, which quickly became regarded as an underground hip-hop classic thanks to Slug's deeply personal, poetic musings, as well as Ant's bare-bones -- but inventive -- production.
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
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