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Slightly Stoopid

Artist Bio

The story of Slightly Stoopid, at its core, is one of brotherhood. It’s the story of Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, two musicians determined to succeed on their own terms, creating a multi-genre fusion of rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, American folk, metal, and punk. It’s the story of a duo that has not just survived, but thrived, as “brothers from other mothers”- true to their authenticity, through two decades of relentless touring, and evolving songwriting, repeatedly creating lasting artistic statements despite a music industry that too often prioritizes style over substance.

Doughty and McDonald grew up together in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. By age 11 they had their first acoustic guitars, bonding over Metallica, Megadeth, and Mötley Crüe. In the mid-1990s they attended Point Loma High School and formed Slightly Stoopid, playing their first gig- a punky and subversive lunchtime set on the quad- that earned them a trip to the vice-principal’s office and a reprimand for the trio’s explicit lyrics.

As ambitious high school students, they played house parties and small clubs, and met Sublime’s Bradley Nowell after attending one of his band’s shows. Nowell quickly became a champion of the group’s precocious talents, inviting them to play, and signing Slightly Stoopid to his label, Skunk Records. He endorsed them to Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, co-founder of Skunk, who agreed to record the band at Sublime’s Fake Nightclub studio in Long Beach. In 1996, they released their debut studio album, the
punk-inflected, eponymously titled Slightly Stoopid. Though Nowell had passed away shortly before the record’s release, fittingly he appeared, posthumously, on the song, “Prophet.”

The surf-inspired follow-up, The Longest Barrel Ride, came in 1998, also on Skunk. The band’s first two albums generated local buzz, and motivated the three to load up the van and hit the road. Persistently they ticked off the miles up and down the West Coast, venturing east to Colorado ski towns, playing a circuit of small clubs to small but enthusiastic crowds slowly increasing in size each time around. “Brad and Miguel would always tell us that, to make a name for yourself, you have to get in the van 200-plus
days a year,” said Doughty in a December 2018 interview. “They would tell us: ‘Don’t be scared, keep grinding, and build that organic fanbase.’”

An early breakthrough came in 2001, Doughty and McDonald issued Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct, self-released on their own newly formed indie label, Stoopid Records. A 40-minute acoustic, one-take, live-radio set captured at San Diego’s Rock 105.3, the album demonstrated a profound strength of songwriting and vocals that inspired favorable comparisons to Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson. Subsequently, the band expanded, welcoming drummer Ryan Moran, as well as percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon from The B-Side Players and a horn section from John Brown’s Body of C-Money on trumpet and Daniel “Dela” Delacruz on saxophone.

The ensemble’s new lineup brought diversity to the repertoire and encouraged charmed collaborations in the studio, such as with reggae legend Barrington Levy, and onstage, with the Marley family, Snoop Dogg, and G. Love and Special Sauce. Between 2003 and 2008, the band released four studio albums- Everything You Need, Closer to the Sun, Chronchitis, and Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet
Stoopid- and two live collections: Winter Tour ’05-’06 Live and Live in San Diego, routinely charting on Billboard’s Top 200. Their touring expanded, as well, both domestically and internationally, including sold-out dates in locales from Australia to the Caribbean, Denmark to Japan, Germany to Guam, and the famed festivals of Coachella, Lollapalooza, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, among others.

In 2011, the band taped a performance with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios, performing alongside Weir, reggae icon Don Carlos (Black Uhuru), and Ivan and Ian Neville, as well as frequent band contributor and saxophonist Karl Denson (Greyboy All Stars/The Rolling Stones). The TRI appearance echoed the band’s longstanding roster of guests that serve, in some ways, as honorary members of Slightly Stoopid, including Carlos, Denson, Chali 2na, and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band).

They released their seventh studio effort, Top of the World, in 2012, peaking in the top five of several Billboard charts. In 2014, the band hosted its first Closer to the Sun destination event, for what would become an annual multi-day, multi-act festival in Mexico. 2015 saw the release of Meanwhile…Back At The Lab, which embodied instant Stoopid classics “The Prophet”, “Rolling Stone” and “Life Rolls On” followed in 2018 with the reggae chart topper Everyday Life, Everyday People that featured guest appearances by Chali 2na, Ali Campbell, Alborosie, G. Love, Don Carlos, Yellowman, and Sly Dunbar, among others.

Throughout their career, Slightly Stoopid has also made a conscious effort to parallel its creative output with charitable work. Doughty and McDonald have often pointed to their fortunate positions allowing them to give back as a constant source of inspiration. Perhaps two of the better examples of their philanthropic commitment are their involvement in the fight against pediatric cancer with Candlelighters NYC and Ronald McDonald House- visiting with and hosting affected families at shows, as well as contributing financially to the cause- and the auction of original art used in the “One Bright Day” video; the proceeds from which enabled Global BrightLight Foundation to provide solar installations for electricity in five Third World villages.

Slightly Stoopid is and continues to be a musical brotherhood that always welcomes guest musicians and the art of collaboration. Doughty and McDonald remain unwavering in their principles of independence, honoring their diversity of influences and mentors, and furthering their inherited legacy of the Southern California sound.

“Once we found music as a form of expression, as an outlet, we did whatever it took to survive,” said McDonald in a 2018 interview. “We are who we are- a product of Southern California. And, we are where we are in life because of how passionate we are about the music.”

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Tour Dates

Jan 01 2021
Postponed: Albuquerque, NM - Summer Traditions 2020
Albuquerque, NM
Jan 01 2021
Postponed: Fresno, CA - Summer Traditions 2020
Fresno, CA
Jan 01 2021
Postponed: San Diego, CA - Summer Traditions 2020
San Diego, CA
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Mar 20 2021
Reggae Rise Up Florida
St Petersburg, FL
Apr 17 2021
Reggae Rise Up Vegas @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 09 2021
The Greek Theatre Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Jul 11 2021
Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 15 2021
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Avila Beach, CA
Jul 16 2021
FivePoint Amphitheater
Irvine, CA
Jul 17 2021
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
Stateline, NV
Jul 22 2021
Spokane Pavilion
Spokane, WA
Jul 23 2021
Idaho Botanical Garden
Boise, ID
Jul 24 2021
The Cuthbert Amphitheater
Eugene, OR
Jul 25 2021
Marymoor Park
Redmond, WA
Jul 29 2021
MECU Pavilion
Baltimore, MD
Jul 30 2021
Skyline Stage @ Mann Center
Philadelphia, PA
Jul 31 2021
Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA
Aug 05 2021
Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
Saint Augustine Shores, FL
Aug 06 2021
Key West Amphitheater
Key West, FL
Aug 07 2021
Cocoa Riverfront Park
Cocoa, FL
Aug 13 2021
Sandy Promenade at the Cairns
Sandy, UT
Aug 14 2021
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
Aug 15 2021
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
Aug 19 2021
The Rooftop at Pier 17
New York City, NY
Aug 27 2021
Bomb Factory
Dallas, TX
Aug 28 2021
WhiteWater Amphitheater
New Braunfels, TX
Aug 29 2021
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX



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