Slightly Stoopid at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe, and Another Planet Entertainment are pleased to announce the return of Slightly Stoopid to the 2020 Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Also returning to Tahoe and supporting the headliners is the popular alt/reggae-rock band Pepper. The American/Hawaiian reggae band from Orange County, Calif., Common Kings, and legendary Jamaican reggae singer (and former member of Black Uhuru) Don Carlos complete this amazing line-up of great reggae and reggae-fusion music.
Based in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego, Slightly Stoopid describe their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” As a band, they have released 13 albums (four live), including the most recent studio LP, Everyday Life, Everyday People. However you describe their music and live shows, they are always a huge favorite in Northern Nevada and sold-out the Harveys arena last time around in 2018.
The story of Slightly Stoopid, at its core, is one of brotherhood. It’s the story of Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, two musicians determined to succeed on their own terms, creating a multi-genre fusion of rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, American folk, metal, and punk. It’s the story of a duo that has not just survived, but thrived, as “brothers from other mothers”- keeping true to their authenticity, throughout two decades of relentless touring, and evolved songwriting. The duo has repeatedly created lasting artistic statements despite a music industry that too often prioritizes style over substance.
Slightly Stoopid is and continues to be a musical brotherhood that always welcomes guest musicians and the art of collaboration. Doughty and McDonald remain unwavering in their principles of independence, honoring their diversity of influences and mentors, and furthering their inherited legacy of the Southern California sound.
“Once we found music as a form of expression, as an outlet, we did whatever it took to survive,” said McDonald in a 2018 interview. “We are who we are- a product of Southern California. And, we are where we are in life because of how passionate we are about the music.”
Two decades. They’ve gone by in a blur, filled with soundchecks, encores, album releases, and sold-out shows stretching from the California coastline to the UK mainland. Along the way, Pepper has sharpened its own “Kona dub-rock” sound — a blend of reggae, alternative rock, island rhythms, and punky spirit — while also building a community of fans and likeminded bands.
Before Pepper began building a community in its adopted hometown of Southern California, the group held its very first rehearsal in 1997 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. All three members were natives of the Big Island, and together, they made a sound that nodded to their tropical roots while also moving forward into new territory. After earning a local fanbase in Hawaii, they moved to the mainland, where Pepper quickly became a popular live act. Pepper’s diverse music allowed the group to tour the country with a wide variety of bands, including reggae icons (The Wailers), punk bands (Pennywise), reggae-rockers (311, Slightly Stoopid), and hip-hop legends (Snoop Dogg). Meanwhile, the band’s admiration for DIYminded groups like NOFX inspired Pepper to launch its own label, LAW Records, which gave the trio complete control over its own music. It also allowed the band to sign other acts, which expanded Pepper’s circle even further.
In a saturated musical landscape, Common Kings has carved their own path. The Orange County by way of South Pacific four-piece was nominated for a GRAMMY for their debut album (Lost In Paradise) in 2016 and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Common Kings followed up with their 2018 EP One Day (Mensch House Records) featuring Stephen Marley, ¡Mayday! and Kat Dahlia, and ended the year supporting Bruno Mars on his sold out Hawaii shows. Since wrapping their tour with Sublime, Common Kings are set to embark on the Croptober Tour with Landon McNamara, Eli-Mac, Big Body Cisco, & Westafa across the West Coast beginning this October in Los Angeles. Fans can expect new music very soon.
Common Kings strikes the perfect balance between R&B, rock, reggae, pop and island influences from the collective minds of JR King (vocals), Mata (guitar), Uncle Lui (bass), and Rome (drums). The amalgamation comes from growing up on healthy doses of Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jim Croce, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Gypsy Kings, Earth Wind and Fire, and Bob Marley. These influences originate from each band members love for various genres, and widespread knowledge of music.
With a GRAMMY nomination under their belt, the achievement of reaching 500,000 single downloads, along with their remarkable touring accomplishments (providing direct support for major acts such as opening two sold out shows for Bruno Mars at Aloha Stadium in November, Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 World Experience Tour, Meghan Trainor’s Untouchable Tour and Matisyahu’s 2017 Fall Tour), Common Kings show no signs of slowing down.
Don Carlos’s given birth name is Euvin Spencer. He was born on June 29th 1952 in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, Jamaica, where he lives to this day. During his youth, Waterhouse was a town where everyone carried a gun, a town when by 6:00 PM not even the Sunset Taxi would enter the Trench, as it came to be known and Don was one of the few who could walk the street at any time of the night. He has 13 children living throughout Jamaica, London, New York and California.
In 1965, Don Carlos made his premier recording at the Federal Studios on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. International exposure started in 1983 when local DJ, Ken Williams had Carlos, along with Reggae artists Ika Mouse and Chalice, play to thousands at an event for Hunters College in Manhattan, New York. Since then his music tours have taken him throughout Africa, Europe, South America, the United States and many Islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys is an all ages venue. Everyone is required to have a ticket for both reserved and general admission shows and we discourage infants attending.
Caesars Entertainment management reserves the right to implement paid parking at any time, including special events. The following items are prohibited: backpacks, over-sized bags, coolers, poles, umbrellas, sticks, drones, laser pointers, weapons of any kind (including Concealed Carry Weapon) or projectiles, unauthorized cameras with removable lenses, monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, metal framed bleacher chairs, beach chairs, metal containers and beverage containers larger than 17 oz.