Slightly Stoopid‘s “Sounds of Summer 2017” tour rolled into the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 22nd, and featured special guests Iration, J Boog, and The Movement. The two month cross-country outing made stops at three Florida cities: 6/22 in Saint Augustine, 6/24 in Boca Raton, and 6/25 in Cocoa. Last year’s summer tour was a blast! This tour is still on the move, so go check out what summer sounds like in a city near you!
The evening starts off stoopid hot at the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre on this Thursday, not quite, evening. Doors open at 4pm and to my surprise, without any delay, the show starts exactly at 4:30 as stated. I rush to get to the show ahead of time but get there exactly when the first band starts. As soon as I enter the venue, The Movement’s sultry vibe slows me right down to my souls natural pace.
The humidity is heavy and The Movement’s energy is strong. The band is lined up side by side at the front of the stage giving equal weight of importance to each musician. With four bands playing that night it could have just been a timing decision for setting up and breaking down. Either way, I dig that. These guys have a very chill and humble stage presence. They’re focused and concentrated just like their sound. The Movement deliver a melodic and smooth set which is the perfect start to an early show.
J Boog jumped right into their set not even 10 minutes after The Movement left the stage. Their upbeat and positive vibes hit the stage running. J Boog has me smiling through their entire performance. Their sound has a Hawaiian undertone with some So-Cal hip-hop funk. Each of the 8 band members has their own vibrant style and personality that is clearly evident the entire set. The male and female background harmonies are amazing. The dynamic connection between the singers, keys, guitarist, and percussion is evident to those in the crowd. It feels like they’re throwing a party and we are all invited.
J Boog is the type of band that you watch and can see that they are so much more than band members. They give off Ohana vibes to not only each other but the audience as well. They truly enjoy performing with each other and do so with a truly seasoned sound and performance. While I was shooting the guitarist, Carl Noa, he turned towards me to give me some good shots. For a photographer, those are awesome moments that you don’t forget. After the show, on my way out, we pass by each other and like old friends say “HAAAYYYYY” and give each other a big hug and keep on our way. But it was that right there that confirmed my thoughts that this band’s positivity is genuine on and off stage. They end their set with one of my favorite’s, “Let’s Do it Again.” I’m down! I look forward to the next time I get to see these guys, and lady, perform.
Even though the sun is still bright when Iration comes on the stage, it feels like the lights went out and the night has begun. Iration sounds flawless. The music pulses and the fans are stoked to say the least. If you aren’t dancing before, you are now. The crowd sings along to every song and the band invites in all the good vibes and really plays to their fans.
There are a lot more ladies that come into the pit when Iration is on. I see more couples smooching to Iration than I’ve noticed at any other show. Come to think of it, there are also a bunch of small children at this show. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Iration‘s music was responsible for some of these kids conceptions, but it’s definitely within the realm of possibility. With all that said, Iration’s sound is heavily packed with a deep rhythm and smooth undertone… just how us ladies like it.
Before I get to Slightly Stoopid, I should mention that this is the first show I’ve shot that photographers are allowed to keep their cameras after the first three songs and could join the rest of the audience behind the barricade and continue shooting throughout the rest of the set. This is an awesome opportunity. I have a ton of people ask me to take their photos and meet a bunch of cool people. As it gets closer and closer to Slightly Stoopid coming on, I feel the mood shift… not in an obvious or bad way, but subtly the vibrations connect more and more with what was to come.
Right before Stoopid comes on, a dude asks me to take his picture with his buddy. But before I do, he wants to make sure that I “even liked the bands performing.” I ensure him that I do. Reggae is the music I work to, cook to, relax to, and ultimately moved closer to. I moved to Saint Augustine from New Jersey last summer. I didn’t want to wait until I retired to live in a warmer, beautiful, and laid back environment. When I found Saint Augustine, I knew I was home. Living less than two miles from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre was a huge motivating factor for the big move. Live music, specifically reggae, keeps my mind, soul and body in balance as it does for most people who love it too.
So, the fact that my level of appreciation for the music is in question because of my camera is a bit disheartening, but food for thought. I keep this in my head and start to take a deeper look at the audience for the remainder of the show. I assume Slightly Stoopid must love to play here because of the reason’s why I love St. Augustine… great food, great people, beautiful city, amazing beaches, etc. But after I shift my attention towards the audience, I realize and feel the protectiveness and loyalty that this city’s fans have for Slightly Stoopid. The band comes here year after year, sometimes twice a year, because of the people that love them. It’s a beautiful relationship that I get to witness and become a part of.
Slightly Stoopid hit the stage and the place is as packed as ever. Everyone is here and ready for what they came for. Opening with the song “Officer” everyone is truly singing aloud to the lyrics “Let’s get this party started.” The brass section is incredible with some killer saxophone solos. The entire band sounds loud, melodic and masters of their own Stoopid universe with their loyal descendants cheering, singing, and dancing them on.
At a certain point, I decided to put my camera away and shift from photographer to fan. I take the time to soak in the people, the music, and the vibe around me and just be. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is just big enough to feel like a major concert venue but just small enough to feel like you are part of an intimate gathering with tribes like yours. The good vibes were strong and the people got Stoopid which was exactly what they came for.
Slightly Stoopid “Sounds of Summer Tour 2017” w/ Iration, J Boog, & The Movement in St. Augustine, FL – Live Review and Photos by Carolyn Dentz. Edited by Richie Williams.
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