For the daughter of spiritual brother Asofaatasi Malaki aka Toko Tasi, a benefit concert took place in the city of Long Beach, CA. Celebrating the life of an artist and father who was murdered by a senseless act of gun violence 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, CA. It was announced that a benefit show for Tasi’s daughter was in the works, and would feature surprise guests. News spread quickly over social media that the surprise guests were Slightly Stoopid. Tasi had 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, in addition to recording with Sublime and appearing on Skunk Records.
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 the sold-out venue. It was all love. 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