You know it’s summer because Slightly Stoopid announced a slew of tour dates.
The band formed in Ocean Beach during the mid-'90s, capturing the ear of Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who signed them to his Skunk Records label while they were still in high school. In 1996 the band released the self-titled album Slightly Stoopid and have been on top of the punk/reggae-rock scene ever since.
Grass-roots and guerrilla marketing to their fans has been at the heart of Stoopid’s success. Touring constantly, the band has played for free in many clubs and festivals, and has handed out their promo CDs from the trunks of their cars. Businessmen first, the band learned how the music industry worked and put their "Stoopid" touch on their contracts for shows.
Fans gravitate toward Slightly Stoopid because of the fusion of hip-hop, rock, reggae and punk music, perfecting that hypnotic SoCal sound. This year's Seedless Summer Tour leaves no doubt -- because of the smoke clouds sure to erupt -- that Chula Vista residents will be wondering if there's a nearby fire. The San Diego show will have two very special guests, the reggae legend Don Carlos and Karl Denson .
Hugh Knight (DJ Unite) of Tribe of Kings is no stranger to touring with Slightly Stoopid. DJ Unite has accompanied Stoopid on four tours that have featuredSly & Robbie, Pepper, Snoop Dogg (at Harrah's Rincon on Aug. 12), Stephen Marley, Mickey Avalon, Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz (at House of Blues Oct. 28). DJ Unite went to school with members of Stoopid and will definitely send the crowd into a frenzy with his spinning skills. After the tour, catch DJ Unite and other Tribe of King’s selectors at U-31 for the UpTown Top Ranking Reggae Sunday club night.
Even if you have a case of “chronchitis,” this is a must-see show. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.