Reggae rhythms resounded throughout Stir Cove on Saturday night, as The Expendables, Dirty Heads and headliner Slightly Stoopid filled the platform. The crowd was festival-like, with hundreds of groovin’ bodies and long beer lines. Everyone was in an upbeat state of mind and swaying with the beat.
All three bands are out of California, originated in the late 90’s and have toured endlessly to bring their reggae and alternative ska music to the masses. The appreciation that was apparent during the event last night tells you exactly why these groups do what they do. The ‘no chair’ zone of the amphitheater was shoulder to shoulder and energy and enthusiasm permeated the bowl.
Each band played a solid set, and kept their fans wanting more. This sound is pure fun and there is no way to stand still to these melodies. Your feet are tapping, your head is nodding and you are moving your body in ways you can’t even imagine. It was a heavily male crowd, (mostly in ball caps or dreadlocks) and the guys were in motion for the entire night. Sometimes I can’t always grasp every word of these reggae/ska/hip hop tunes, but I stood in awe of the chick 30 feet from me who recited every word to the Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid tunes. It was impressive!
You gotta love the sounds of the brass in Slightly Stoopid. That just takes this genre to a whole new level. They released their newest album in June and shared some of those cuts with us. I was especially drawn to The Prophet, which is getting some play on SiriusXM these days.
This enchanted evening was like being swept away to the islands for a few hours – at much less cost! What a great way to ease out of the summer. Thanks, Stir!
There are still opportunities for you to get your music fix at the Cove. Upcoming are Billy Idol, Little Big Town and the much anticipated Masters of the Mic evening which features Salt N Pepa and Naughty By Nature. You, too, can be nodding your head and moving your feet in the cove, just go to www.stircove.com and check it out!