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Slightly Stoopid rocks The Session at 8150

Richard Chittick Summit Correspondent
Special to the DailySlightly Stoopid plays at 8150 tonight at 10.
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Slowly over the last few years, Slightly Stoopid has built a large following based on the success of an acoustic set they recorded in 2001 which has been circulating across the country like a Phish bootleg.

But the best part of their live shows is they are so much more than their acoustic antics. In truth, they put on one of the highest energy punk and reggae influenced shows you’ll come across in the high country this winter.

Think of the basic mix of music that Sugar Ray put together on their way to fame and fortune, before they decided the melodic side of their music would make them more money.

Or maybe they can be compared to Sublime, another southern California band which actually helped Slightly Stoopid break out when Sublime’s late singer, Bradley Nowell, signed them to their first major-label record deal in 1995.

Cruising into 8150′ tonight with their unique blend of music, guitarists Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald will lead the way for a slamming party coinciding quite nicely with the Sessions snowboarding weekend.

The reality is that Doughty and McDonald are Slightly Stoopid, having played together in the San Diego surfside underground for nearly 10 years.

The current tour revolves around their latest release, “Everything You Need,” which like most maturing bands, concentrates less on their punk and reggae roots and more on their smoother efforts.

“What we tried to do with this album is incorporate every kind of music style that we play into each song,” said Doughty about the new album.

McDonald added: “Everything really starts with acoustic guitars with us. I mean, that’s what we’re jamming on when we’re sitting around … and watching TV.”

Even if Doughty and McDonald only brought themselves and their guitars, this will still be a pretty impressive show.

Chances are they’ll bring an entire band along, though, and the show will keep the crowd hopping until the early morning.

Their last show in the region sold out the Gothic Theater in the south Denver suburb of Englewood and drew quite a crowd from the high country, with fans showing up from Vail, Alma and Summit County.

Tickets are still available for $15 with doors opening at 8150′ at 9 p.m. Half-price drinks will get you primed from 9-10, when the show begins and continues until the bar closes.

And if that isn’t enough, cruise over Vail Pass to Breckenridge on Sunday when the band will be closing out Breck’s annual Ullr Fest with a show at Sherpa and Yeti’s.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com

The Session post-party

What: Slightly Stoopid

When: Today, 10 p.m.

Where: 8150, Vail

More info: http://www.8150.com


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