What can we say? The Return of the Red Eye tour featuring Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Grouch, Eligh and the Zion I Crew has taken a little bit of the best from each world of hip-hop, ska, reggae, punk, dub and rock to create a touring bill that brings ALL the best feels to surface to make for one helluva memorable night!
Before we get into the music, though, let us first talk about the most beautiful river side venue that is Whitewater on the Horseshoe in New Braunfels, Texas. Situated literally on a beautiful bend in the Guadalupe River, Whitewater is probably the only venue you have been to where you can float a river all day before gracefully cruising up to the venue to start the musical segment of the night. Talk about the most peaceful, relaxing and FUN way to start a day chock full of epicness.
To get the night started off on a consciously correct frequency, the world’s freshest DJ, DJ Fresh, the Zion I Crew, The Grouch and Eligh prepped us proper. All four of these genuine gents have been slangin’ the freshest beats, rhymes and rhythms since the 90’s and boy, do they know what they are doing. Hailing from the Bay area, ZGE gave us a jam-packed thirty minute set, filled with classics like “Bay to L.A.,” Zion I & Bassnectar’s “Human,” G&E’s “The Clap,” “The Bay,” and many more lyrically conscious and fruitful tunes. Big ups to ZGE and crew for always bringing the truth and looking so good doing it.
Next up came internationally renowned and grammy nominated reggae group from Arlington, Virginia, SOJA a.k.a. Soldiers Of Jah Army. After years of listening to the inspiring and uplifting music of SOJA, I finally had my chance to see them and damn, do these guys create the most peaceful and positive atmosphere ever…not to mention the equally as incredible music. The band played a little of everything, including classics like “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” “I Believe,” a five minute long drum-off unlike anything I have ever seen before and brand new unreleased tracks as well. Special shoutout to Trevor Young, the lead guitarist, for his multiple guitars ALL being my favorite shades of teals and blues. Keep killin’ it and spreading the love and message!
To top off the night, Slightly Stoopid, in all of their full-throttled goodness, took the stage. Hailing from the Ocean Beach area of San Diego, these guys always have and always will deliver the realest “fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk,” as they describe it. Delivering a huge dose of Stoopid favorites, an amazing appearance from ZGE (more of this please!) as well as some new tracks from their latest “Meanwhile…Back at the Lab,” what I particularly love about Slightly Stoopid, is that their shows always please Stoopid heads from all phases of their musical evoution. You never know what vibe the boys are going to set for the night, but that’s what we live for! We got some mosh, we got some baby makin’ goodness, we got some sensimiella, we got some…till’ that shit got wet..and then we got some more.