Slightly Stoopid Stirs Up a "Melting Pot of Madness"

In a culture that tends to pigeonhole practically everything for the sake of convenience, Slightly Stoopid defy any notion of easy categorization. They even defy their own branding, with an adept combination of reggae, funk, hip-hop, rock, and punk that's far from what their goofy name might imply. Unlike other bands who don't dare to step out beyond their self-prescribed boundaries, Slightly Stoopid wander willingly, and frequently, in fact, into varied terrain, allowing themselves to be taken wherever their muse might carry them.

A favorite on the festival circuit, their freewheeling populist appeal has brought them an ever-increasing following -- unapologetically dubbed "the Stoopidheads" -- since the release of their eponymous debut in 1996. Their latest effort, a CD/DVD combination entitled Live at Roberto's Tri Studios 9-13-11 shows them in their natural setting, with guests like Bob Weir and Ivan and Ian Neville in tow. We asked singer, guitarist and founding member Miles Doughty to share some insight into the Slightly Stoopid MO.

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Lee Zimmerman