Talk about a homecoming: Miles Doughty, guitarist/vocalist and co-founding member of genre-sprawling San Diego group Slightly Stoopid, is set to throw out the first pitch for the San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at Petco Park on Wednesday night.
The local band, which just closed out the first leg of their Summer Sessions 2014 tour at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 26 with NOFX and Stephen Marley, have been at the forefront of reggae rock for nearly 20 years.
Formed in Ocean Beach in 1995, they were quickly discovered and signed by the late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell's record label, Skunk Records. After increasingly impressive record sales, they've amassed an intense worldwide following. The band, which fuse reggae, rock, blues, hip-hop, funk and punk, have found themselves performing with musical icons such as the Dave Matthews Band, the Roots, Snoop Dogg, Pennywise, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among others.
Doughty joins other San Diego music luminaries who've been involved with the Padres in the past -- local alt-rockers Switchfoot performed for the Petco crowd after a game in 2011 (check out our gallery from the show here).
Slightly Stoopid's annual San Diego headlining shows have become true events; they grow larger in scope every year and consistently sell out. This year's Summer Sessions trek is the band's 8th annual headlining amphitheatre tour.
Always on the move, Doughty will throw out the first pitch at Wednesday's game at 7:10 p.m. -- and then catch a redeye flight to Boston, where the band is set to embark on the second leg of their tour on July 31.
We know it'll be a homerun.