Slightly Stoopid is known for touring relentlessly, and they embarked on the Summer Sessions 2014 tour with some like-minded bands to spread their love of groovy, reggae-tinged music and their support of a certain hotly contested plant throughout the U.S. They dropped by Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater to play for a thick, lively crowd that steadily poured through the gates as the night went on.
G. Love & Special Sauce (★★★★) took the stage first, and played their special blend of hip-hop and blues to warm up the crowd. There’s something really awesome about the combination of G. Love’s energy when he rhymes, plays harmonica, and sings coupled with Jim Prescott’s sweet dance moves as he rocks out on the standing bass. They played through Milk and Sugar and Nothing Quite Like Home to a very receptive crowd.
Next up was Stephen Marley (★★★★★), son of reggae legend, Bob Marley, who put on an uplifting, authentic reggae set. Sporting a guitar emblazoned with the face of a lion, Stephen led his band and backup singers through some original songs including Can’t Keep Me Down and Pale Moonlight. In a fitting tribute to his father’s legacy Stephen also played through some of Bob’s hits including Buffalo Soldier, Jammin’, and Could You Be Loved. The crowd loved the set, and sang and danced along throughout, and the positive, fun energy kept flowing.
Finally Slightly Stoopid (★★★★★) appeared before a lively audience that was all too ready for them. Led by Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, Slightly Stooped embarked on an enormous set of their signature mashup of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and punk. They played a myriad of songs including Don’t Stop and Anywhere I Go. About halfway through the set, G. Love came out to join Slightly Stoopidfor Devil’s Door and Baby I Like It with his harmonica and some rhymes. Everyone who was a part of this set looked like they loved being on stage, and the crowd fed off of that giving a lot of love back, which made for a truly entertaining night of music.