After a long run on their hugely successful and critically acclaimed Cauzin' Vapors... Legalize It US amphitheater tour with Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, and more (where the band performed to anywhere from 5,000 - 20,000 of their most loyal fans), San Diego-based dub/rock/psychedelic-jam phenoms Slightly Stoopid are gearing up to perform at this year's renowned Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest names around, the band will perform alongside the likes of Green Day, Lady Gaga, a newly reformed Soundgarden, Social Distortion, Arcade Fire and more. Recently, the band has announced that they've spent the past few months collaborating in their band-built home studio (equipped with video game room and skate ramp) with the likes of Del Tha Funky Homosapien, G Love, Barrington Levy, and Fishbone, all in preparation for their upcoming 2011 full-length release. The band has reportedly just returned home from the recent New Orleans Jazzfest where they were humbled to be joined on stage by the legendary Neville Brothers.
In addition to the band's recent studio and collaboration happenings, Slightly Stoopid have announced additional US Summer festival and one-off appearances. On top of the already announced Lollapalooza and Mile High festival performances, and adding to the list of the already-performed dates which included stops at Harmony Festival, Wakurusa, Summer Camp, Milwaukee Summerfest, Live on The Levee St Louis, and 80/35 Festival, the band has announced co-headlining dates at this year's Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, and Black Water Music Festivals, and will also be performing the official Lollapalooza Kick Off Party tomorrow night (Thursday, August 5th) at the House of Blues in Chicago!
Slightly Stoopid have recently logged some serious road miles as part of their annual Summer Ampitheater Tours. Past creative touring partners and lineups include Snoop Dogg, The Marley's, G Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Sly & Robbie and Pepper. They have also shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Roots, Toots and the Maytals, Bad Religion, among others over the course of their career. In addition to their incessant criss-crossing of the U.S., which also includes previous appearances at other prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, the group has played sold-out shows in Australia, Japan, Guam, Amsterdam, Portugal and Denmark, the U.K., Germany, Holland, and the Dominican Republic. "Without [the fans], we'd just be playing at the bar," admits Kyle. "They make it worth our while - when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time - we rely on each other's energy." And all you have to do is look at the list of artists that Slightly Stoopid has played with, to get a feel for how much of a large and diverse audience they appeal to.
The Slightly Stoopid story can be traced to Ocean Beach, California, when childhood chums Miles and Kyle formed the group in 1995, mixing reggae and punk sounds into one smooth stylistic cocktail. Soon after, late/great Sublime frontman Brad Nowell caught wind of the group, and signed them to his Skunk Records label - while the band members were still in high school. A pair of releases soon followed for Skunk - 1996's punk-tinged SLIGHTLY STOOPID (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song "Prophet" - later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN) and 1998's surf-inspired cult classic THE LONGEST BARREL RIDE. Most recently, the band has continued their mainstream successes, seeing their last two albums, 2007's CHRONCHITIS, (which featured guest appearances by Guru of Gang Starr, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys and G. Love) and 2008's SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH TO EAT BREAKFAST YET STOOPID, charting in the Billboard Top 100, with both albums appearing on the band's own Stoopid Records.
To date, the band has sold over 750,000 records on their own label, has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has had their songs appear on hit television series' Scrubs, The O.C., Cribs, and more. Slightly Stoopid has also consistently been selling out venues and ampitheaters across the country for the past 3+ years and consistently appear on Pollstar's top grossing tours.