Earlier this year saw the announcement of Beachlife, Southern California’s newest music festival. The line up boasts legendary acts such as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Steel Pulse, Donavon Frankenreiter, Violent Femmes, and Grace Potter making for one of the regions most regarded festivals. And, today, the festival announced that Ocean Beach-based Slightly Stoopid will be added to the lineup, and will perform a majority of songs from their renowned unplugged Acoustic Roots record.
Over the weekend we caught up with Miles Doughty, frontman and guitarist of Slightly Stoopid, to chat with him about being added to the bill, hanging out with Bob Weir, smoking OG Kush, getting searched by customs in Canada, and what it was like to know Sublime’s Bradley Nowell—Long Beach’s man, myth, and legendary reggae-rock hero who started it all.
High Times: I’ve heard the Slightly Stoopid set at Beachlife is going to be an acoustic set?
Miles Doughty: Yeah, it’s going to be a stripped down set. We just did this at our festival in Cancun called Closer To The Sun. We’ve done it for the past five years—it’s a really awesome destination event. But this is the first year where we actually played the Acoustic Roots record to its entirety. We put the record out in 2001, and it was the first time we ever played it. We got such a good reaction from it. We play so many different styles [of music] so to do something like that, it’s like stripped down version of Stoopid.
Are you guys going to play that album in its entirety at Beachlife?
We’re gonna play a lot of the record. We might not play it to its entirety …
Author: Mary Carreon / High Times