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Slightly Stoopid and loving it: Cali-reggae band comes into its own

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Slightly Stoopid will perform Thursday at Dignity Health Amphitheatre.

When guitarists/singers Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald started Slightly Stoopid in 1994, they were out front of a second generation of bands that wanted to build on the reggae-rock sound starting to take hold thanks to the success of groups like Sublime, 311 and, to a lesser extent, No Doubt.

Now some 28 years later, Slightly Stoopid is one of several California reggae-rooted bands that can headline outdoor amphitheaters and a veteran member of a scene packed with acts playing some variation of reggae-rooted music and espousing California culture built around skateboarding, surfing, and in many cases, the benefits of cannabis. In fact, touring amphitheaters has become an annual summer ritual for Slightly Stoopid, and this year includes a stop Thursday at Dignity Health Amphitheatre.