REVIEW: Slightly Stoopid Brings Reggae Act to Coney Island

Slightly Stoopid, they of many talents ranging from reggae to hip-hop, blues and rap, took their talents to the beach on Friday night with rumors swirling that members of Wu Tang Clan were in the house, so right off the rip you knew this could be a very special night. Going to a show like this is always fun, simply because it’s different. When you’re busy covering rock and metal, doing something a little off the wall like a bunch of white dudes playing reggae is a great change of pace, one that’s often needed to break up the usual screaming into microphones that accompanies virtually any metal show.

We’ve been branching out here at Soundboard Magazine lately, doing everything from country to r&b, hip-hop to pop, so why not throw a reggae show in there just to say we cover everything? Side note, now might be a good time to update the company slogan. Anyway, we’re unfortunately unable to confirm the setlist despite our best efforts, so we’re gonna have to wing this one a little bit. The whole thing came together a little last minute, and I missed all the support acts due to other commitments – that is, until J Boog came out to perform with Slightly Stoopid for a song later on the night.

Slightly Stoopid has everything going on. Guitars, bass – which Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald switch between during the course of a show – to go along with horns, drums, a keyboard and even friggin congas. And you know what the best part is? It all works well together. So well, in fact, that I was the only photographer left in the pit for most of the night simply because I wanted to be that close to the action while still being able to rock out with the fans in the front row.

Sadly, if the rumors were true and Ghostface Killah, Redman and Young Dirty Bastard were, indeed, in the building, I couldn’t stick around to find out. I know what happens when you promise a girl you’ll go to her birthday and don’t show up, and though the prospect of Wu Tang joining Slightly Stoopid on stage was almost worth suffering the consequences for, I had to skip out a little early and keep my word. And that’s a shame, really, because Slightly Stoopid were putting on a great show when I made my way to the exit. Whether Wu Tang were in the house or not, whether they joined the band on stage or not, I would have loved to stick around for the whole thing as I was thoroughly enjoying the first half-plus of the show.

It’s hard to really say much more without a rundown of some of the tunes they played, but I’ll say that Slightly Stoopid are hugely talented just on the fact that they can switch instruments mid-song like it’s nothing, but also the on-stage routine and the way they play to the crowd to hype everyone up. At the end of the day, who really cares what any band plays as long as they’re putting on a good show? This was better than good, this was awesome, and I only wish I had been able to stay for the whole thing. Such is life, but I’ll catch Slightly Stoopid again another time.

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Slightly Stoopid gets the crowd going at Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn, NY