By Jenn Sheridan ·
When: July 17 | 4:30-11 p.m.; doors open at 4
Where: North Tahoe Regional Park | Tahoe Vista, Calif.
Admission: $37.50 | All ages
Reggae jams, punk rock ballads and all-night electronic dance fests transform the North Tahoe Regional Park into one of the North Shore’s hottest concert venues for three nights this summer. Kick off the party on July 17 with NOFX, Stephen Marley, Fishbone and Slightly Stoopid.
After more than a decade of consistent touring, Slightly Stoopid has honed their on-stage presence and laid-back vibes. What started with childhood friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald has grown into an eight-man mix of talent with bright horns, jamming guitars and tight percussion.
“Everyone’s got their flavor and style. It becomes a melting pot of inspirations and vibes,” said Ryan “Rymo” Moran, who has held down the drum kit since the band asked him to join them on tour in 2003.
Drawing influences from sounds as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Dr. Dre, Nirvana and Miles Davis, Slightly Stoopid sets the mood for an afternoon at the beach or a session at the local skate park.
Averaging about seven months a year on the road traveling as far as Japan and Brazil, and sharing the stage with headliners such as Snoop Dogg, G. Love and Special Sauce and the Dave Matthews Band, it’s a wonder the band has any time to spare in the recording studio. However, in addition to releasing nine albums and live recordings, the group runs its own label, Stoopid Records.
“We’ve been doing a lot in the studio in the past year. It’s kind of sporadic, but we have a ton of stuff in the works,” said Moran, who said the group is working on releasing a new album in the near future. Having control of their own studio allows the band to work around their hectic tour schedule and write at their own pace, he said.
“Things have slowed down a bit since a lot of us are married and have kids,” said Moran, who has a 1-year-old daughter at home and is expecting his second child. “It’s a bit of a challenge and it makes it difficult to leave, but it’s what we do. Some people leave to go fishing for 6 months a year, we go on tour.” He expects things won’t change anytime soon.
This summer, the band is hitting the road for the first time with Southern Californian punk rockers NOFX.
“I grew up a fan of theirs. They’re one of the best punk bands of all time in my opinion,” Moran said of the group that has been rampaging on stages around the world since the mid-1980s and shows no sign of slowing down.
Stephen Marley returns to the stage with Slightly Stoopid showcasing a preview of songs of his upcoming album “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.”
Slightly Stoopid also will reunite with Fishbone during the tour. The two groups released a split record in 2013 and have toured together in the past.
“They’re one of the best bands to see live,” said Moran. “They have great energy.”
Don’t miss these four bands as they come together for a night to remember at North Tahoe Regional Park.
On July 19, the park hosts 12 hours of EDM during the Bass Camp Festival featuring Datsik, Infected Mushroom Candyland and Kill Paris, and, on Aug. 13, chill out with the laid back vibes of Rebelution, Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit northtahoeparks.com. There will be limited on-site parking for $40 per car. Shuttles will be available from Northstar for $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event per car, and from Reno for $35 per car in advance only. Visit the Web site to purchase shuttle tickets.