Reggae rock heavyweights Slightly Stoopid made their way into Cocoa, Florida recently as part of their ‘Everything Is Awesome’ summer tour which includes 25 stops across the country.
Since their formation in 1994, Slightly Stoopid has released eight studio albums, included the band’s latest effort titled ‘Meanwhile…Back at the Lab,’ which was released in June 2015. Slightly Stoopid has enjoyed a strong following throughout the years, which was evidenced at this Cocoa show by the sold out crowd that braved the torrential rains shortly before concert time.
The band, who describes their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal, and punk,” was met by thousands of faithful at Riverfront Park for what was soon to be a memorable night of good vibe proportions by the band that’s been credited as “producing some of the most iconic west coast reggae music.”
Before the Long Beach, California natives could take the stage, Dirty Heads would open with a shortened setlist, caused largely in part by the heavy rains that pummeled the area.
Despite the fact that Mother Nature proved she could be one fickle bitch, Dirty Heads performed a solid set of music to an already packed park. Now with four studio albums to their credit and a strong following of their own, Dirty Heads proved to be the perfect complement to Slightly Stoopid’s signature sound.
Cheers erupted among Riverfront’s standing only crowd as Slightly Stoopid made their way to the open air stage. From their ‘Everything You Need’ album came their tracks “Mr. Officer” and “Running With A Gun,” both of which were met with resounding applause.
‘Closer to the Sun’s’ “Bandelero” highlighted a strong inclusion of the saxophone mixed with smooth vocals and vibe moving guitars. Similarly, “Ese Loco” from the album ‘The Longest Barrel Ride’ would then catapult the crowd back into a fast paced rock frenzy.
The diversity and talent of this band was evident to those in attendance as they smoothly transitioned from reggae to hip hop; then changing direction to display some solid guitar work and following up with an unexpected but formidable saxophone session from the band’s horn section.
Sax solos are almost a thing of the past in music today, but Slightly Stoopid made it a part of their concert repertoire with a stand out solo from Karl Denson during their track selection “Closer To The Sun” from the album of the same name.
In all, Slightly Stoopid offered up selections spanning seven albums before ending the set with “Express Yourself” with Dirty Heads to the delight of everyone present. Looking across the sea of outstretched arms moving to the rhythms of Slightly Stoopid’s selections made for a great Friday night, leaving the inclement weather a faded memory.
Slightly Stoopid Set List, Riverfront Park, Cocoa, FL 07.24.15
Running With A Gun
Pon Da Horizon
Closer To The Sun