A benefit show for the daughter of spiritual brother Asofaatasi Malaki aka Toko Tasi took place at The Gaslamp in Long Beach celebrating the life of an artist and father who was murdered by a senseless act of gun violence earlier this year in August. On Monday, August 12 an entire community came together for a candlelight vigil honoring Tasi outside the bar he was fatally shot at on Willow and Magnolia in Long Beach. A benefit show featuring surprise guests, which will benefit Tasi’s daughter, was also announced to be in the works. The night before the benefit show the cat was out of the bag that the surprise guests were Slightly Stoopid. Tasi had recorded with Sublime and appeared on Skunk Records, then cut a couple of songs with Slightly Stoopid including “Shoobie” and “Girl For U 2” featured on Chronchitis and Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid.
On Sunday, October 13th’s Full harvest moon fans from every neck of the woods gathered in celebration of a man’s life. LAW, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, and Zen Robbi all represented their love to a sold-out crowd raising funds for Tasi’s daughter. The Gaslamp was packed, and if you didn’t get there early you missed out on parking. I caught the last part of Phileano’s set when I walked inside. LBDAS performed with Ras-1. The crowd was pumped and there was no denying the energy was all love and respect for Toko Tasi.
Around 9 pm Slightly Stoopid took the stage to the audience’s evident delight. Jam after jam with classics that included “Ain’t Got A Lot of Money”, “Till It Gets Wet” and even a Tom Petty cover “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” The crowd couldn’t get enough. They had a raffle and auctioned off various items. It was a real treat to see these guys in a smaller venue and watching them interact with their fans. Kyle McDonald gave love to the fans in the front who gave it back in honor of Tasi.
Article and photographs by Maggie St.Thomas