Music Maven: Slightly Stoopid w/ SOJA

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One thing I love about Stir Cove is how they truly have something for everyone. Sunday night was as if the hippies of the 21st Century all came out and joined together for peace, love and reggae. Walking into the cove was like walking into a music festival. The crowd really showed up for SOJA and Slightly Stoopid.

SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army) started playing together in the late 90’s in Virginia and have even been nominated for a Grammy in their reign as a top selling reggae band. As soon as they started playing, we all flocked to the stage like moths to a flame. The 8-person band let us all know that they didn’t have to play a show the next day, so no energy would be spared. And that was exactly the case.

Slightly Stoopid soon followed and kept the vibe going. There was not a still body in the bowl. You simply cannot stand still with the bellowing horns and amazing guitar skills. The band was originally formed in 1994 out of California and was quickly discovered by Sublime front man, Bradley Nowell. Soon after, Nowell signed them to his label, Skunk Records. The kids were still in high school, for crying out loud! To say the rest is history is an understatement and quite frankly untrue. They’re still going; they are still making their history. And after more than 20 years, they are still passionate about their music, you can just feel it.

The crowd was so swept up in the sounds that the beer lines stayed fairly short. There were about 12 chairs in the entire place, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t even used. It was a great night and it really felt like the perfect Summer concert. Thanks to Stir for allowing us the opportunity to come together! Peace and Love!