EVERYTHING IS AWESOME TOUR 2015
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Slightly Stoopid Dirty Heads Stick Figure
July 23rd has finally arrived! Slightly Stoopid’s summer tour Everything Is Awesome stopped in St. Augustine, FL to a sold out amphitheatre. This year’s line up features the laid back vibes of Stick Figure and one of today’s most popular bands in the reggae/rock genre Dirty Heads. The tour’s name couldn’t have been more on point! Everything was awesome! As soon as I pulled into the parking area of the amphitheatre I could feel the energy of what was going to be a great evening.
After bumping into a few friends tailgating before the show, I decided to enter the venue. Walking through the gates I could hear Stick Figure getting things started. I immediately made my way down to the pit area. The guys in Stick Figure really know how to set the mood with their positive, super chill sound. I almost couldn’t feel that blazing sun burning through my black shirt. They finished their set with “Smokin Love” from their upcoming album.
After rehydrating and finding some shade, I headed back down to the pit for the beginning of Dirty Heads set. As expected, they got the crowd moving with “Franco Eyed” off their newest album “Sound Of Change” Mixing some older songs like “Check The Level” and “Stand Tall” kept their core fans known as “Wylees” happy. Wrapping up with “My Sweet Summer.’’ In my personal opinion this was the best set I’ve seen from them. Each song seemed to flow right into the next.
As some people took advantage of the break between sets to run to the bathrooms or get drinks, I quickly made my way to the guardrail directly in front of the stage to see one of my all time favorite bands. When I looked around I noticed I was amongst so many familiar faces greeting me with high fives and smiling faces! The Stoopidheads were ready to get things started. Jafada, Slightly Stoopid’s good friend and manager of legendary reggae artist Don Carlos came out on stage to introduce the band and the crowd erupted with cheers! They kicked off their set with “Dabbington,’’ the opening track off their new album “Meanwhile… Back At The Lab.’’ Picking things up with an old school jam “Ese Locos” before playing their new version of one of their oldest song “The Prophet.’’ They were soon joined on stage by the legend himself, Don Carlos as he sang 3 of his songs including “Never Gonna Give Up.’’ What a treat that was! DC wasn’t the only “extended” family member to join Slightly Stoopid on stage. They were also accompanied by Karl Denson on sax, who just finished up touring with the Rolling Stones and their good friend Ian Neville from Dumpstaphunk joined them on guitar for a few songs. After smoking through several songs, they band went backstage for a quick break. After a couple of minutes Miles Doughty and Keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft came back out to play a stripped down version of “Open Road” before bringing out the rest of the band. For their finale they played a cover of “Express Yourself.’’ with Dirty Heads joining them on stage adding their own style to close out the night.
Review By Kevin Minatree