Slightly Stoopid kept the party going at Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine October 12. Reigniting and soothing our souls with their reggae infusion this band of talented musicians are led by Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty. They’ve built a most loyal fanbase since they were signed to Bradley Nowell’s Skunk Records in the early 90’s while still in high school. Artist Jimmy Ovadia joined this stony band for another live painting session, his easel up while painting to the music and enjoying the live concert beside him. I feel like I can never get enough of these guys playing live. Every show is upbeat and positive with great vibes all around. Slightly Stoopid created a beautiful atmosphere with fog machines and colorful laser lights which made cool effects against the backdrop of the crowd’s stoniest smoke. Their jam session was as colorful as Ovadia’s paintings with crisp vocal delivery staying true to the core.
“California how loud can we be?” Miles said into the microphone. “We’ve been blessed to be playing music for so long. Make some noise for all these bands out here tonight: Interrupters, J. Boog, Hirie let’s blaze this shit up real nice California, it smells really good too.”
Among the song highlights were “London Dub” and “Officer” then they followed up with “Prophet.” I ventured from the side stage to the photo pit to watch the rest of their show which included “2 AM” and Hirie came up to sing “Mona June,” her voice added a soulful female energy to the all-male counterparts that make up Slightly Stoopid which was a gorgeous mix of sound. “Anywhere I Go” featured the incredible reggae legend Don Carlos who delivered his signature sweet and soulful vocals with style, taking Slightly Stoopid to an entirely new plateau. They also included my favorite “Wiseman” at the end of their set. The crowd and the weather were both appropriately Stoopid and everyone left feeling Irie.
Article and photographs by Maggie St.Thomas