The music scene in Ocean Beach, San Diego is a bit low key but there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of bands. A few bars in OB hold daily live music events with a relatively small coverage charge or none at all. The most notable is the beach club Winstons which has daily live music. Over the years many musicians and rock and roll legends have performed in Ocean Beach. The regular festivals and events held in Ocean Beach usually include a live band. Additionally, every Wednesday during the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market a live band plays in the street at the corner of Newport Avenue and Bacon Street. Of course Ocean Beach is also well known for its street performers and you will often see talented individuals playing on the sidewalks.
The most well-known band from Ocean Beach is Slightly Stoopid who have toured around the world and the eclectic band has played with some of the best known names in reggae, rock and hip-hop.
Cow Records is a music store that helps set the tone in Ocean Beach. As part of Newport Avenue for a long time, many people have gotten a hard to find album and some current information on local bands and events by visiting Cow Records.
Slightly Stoopid Ocean Beach Band
The world famous band Slightly Stoopid hails from Ocean Beach and they truly embrace the Ocean Beach counter culture with their music. Blending a variety of styles, Slightly Stoopid explains their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.”
The year was 1995 when long time friends Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty who were in high school formed the local band. Their style got them noticed by Sublime star Bradley Nowell who signed them to his label, Skunk Records after watching them play at the Foot Hill Tavern in Long Beach, California.
The Band Members of Slightly Stoopid
- Miles Doughty on guitar, bass and vocals
- Kyle McDonald on guitar, bass and vocals
- Ryan Moran known as RyMo on drums
- Paul Wolstencroft on the keyboards
- Oguer Ocon known as OG on congas, harp, percussion and vocals
- DeLa on the saxophone
- C-Money on the trumpet
- The “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson on the saxophone
A list of some of the bands Slightly Stoopid has played with includes the Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, the Roots, Snoop Dogg, Toots and the Maytals, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, the Marley Brothers, The Expendables, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ozomatli and Pennywise
The Ocean Beach band Slightly Stoopid has toured around the world playing sold-out shows in large venues throughout the world. The United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Australia, Japan, Guam and several other countries have enjoyed shows by Slightly Stoopid.
- New Orleans Jazz Fest
- Austin City Limits
Slightly Stoopid Band History
The Ocean Beach band Slightly Stoopid has an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, funk, blues, metal and recently hip-hop in their music.
Slightly Stoopid released their first album in 1996 called Slightly $toopid. In the song “Prophet”, Sublime’s Bradley Nowell makes an appearance. Later, Sublime covers the song “Prophet” and adds it to their Everything Under the Sun box-set and again in 1998 on The Longest Barrel Ride.
In 2001 the band released a 40 minute long acoustic set that was recorded live on 105.3 FM radio station broadcasting out of San Diego. Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct was the first release from their newly formed own label, Stoopid Records.
With Surfdog records Slightly Stoopid releases “Everything You Need” in 2003 which sells several hundred-thousand copies.
The band shifted towards incorporating more styles in their music and released Closer to the Sun in 2005. Collaborating with reggae bands Barrington Levy and Scientist, the album sold 25,000 copies the first two months after being released and debuted on the Billboard Top 200.
Momentum for Slightly Stoopid continued in 2006 with an impressive live performance album, Winter Tour 05-06 Live CD/DVD. Soon after Slightly Stoopid released their first DVD “Live in San Diego”.
Chronchitis in 2007 debuted at number 55 on the Billboard chart and number two on the indie music charts. This was their fifth studio release and opened the door to incorporating hip-hop into their evolving style. The song “The Otherside” off the album Chronchitis features rapper Guru. During an Artie Lange Show interview the Ocean Beach band cites NWA, Gang Starr, Eazy-E, and Wu-Tang Clan as hip-hop influences.
In 2008 Slightly Stoopid headlined a tour of amphitheaters that included Las Vegas and San Diego. Pepper and Sly & Robbie joined the tour. July 22, 2008 Slightly Stoopid re-releases the band’s 2005 extended play of the same title “Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid” by Stoopid Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs. Stoopid Records label continues to make strides with their first signing The Expendables from Santa Cruz, California.
Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid joined up in 2009 for the co-headlining “Blazed & Confused Tour” that had stop all over North America.
The band’s seventh studio album Top of the World was released on August 14, 2012 and appeared on the Billboard 200 at an all-time best number 13. The band’s Top of the World album has a variety of musical influences. Songs on the album include appearances by reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars, G. Love, Fishbone star Angelo Moore, an ex member of Jurassic 5 Chali 2na, Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk and singer Angela Hunte.
The video Don’t Stop by Slightly Stoopid was filmed in Ocean Beach and shows some of the iconic places around the band’s hometown.
The band loves Ocean Beach and represents their OB hometown well on their musical journey. Follow Slightly Stoopid on Twitter.
Album Releases by Slightly Stoopid
- Slightly $toopid in 1996
- The Longest Barrel Ride in 1998
- Everything You Need in 2003
- Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct in 2004
- Closer to the Sun in 2005
- Winter Tour ’05-’06 Live CD/DVD in 2006
- Chronchitis in 2007
- Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid in 2008
- Top of the World in 2012
- Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios in 2013
Slightly Stupid Tours
- 2007 tour Summer Haze Tour with G. Love and Ozomatli
- 2008 tour Tailgate Tour with Pepper and Sly & Robbie
- 2009 tour Blazed and Confused Tour with Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley
- 2010 tour Legalize It Tour with Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz
- 2011 tour Seedless Summer Tour with Rebelution and Shwayze & Cisco Adler
- 2012 tour Unity Tour with 311, The Aggrolites and SOJA
- 2013 tour Kickin’ Up Dust Tour with Atmosphere
Point Loma Summer Concerts
The free Point Loma Summer Concerts are one of the hottest local events featuring many different genres of music. Each year for the past 17 years, the most popular hit songs have been played by talented cover bands and well known local bands at the Point Loma Park, located alongside Catalina Boulevard within walking distance of most residents of Ocean Beach.
Thousands of friends and families gather on blankets and chairs to listen to the month long Friday night summer concert series in middle July through middle August. An area to dance in front of the stage is usually packed with people who are enjoying their favorite songs. On the other side of the park, children and teenagers gather with their friends. A couple of food vendors offer various options with a new food theme each friday such as burger night, tamale night and fish taco night. A few booths are set-up by sponsors and event organizers which includes a raffle.
The Friday night concerts in Point Loma start at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:30 and street parking is available but you may have to walk several blocks. Location is Point Loma Park 1048 Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma.
Some of the bands that have played over the years: Jumping Jack Flash, world’s greatest Rolling Stone re-creation. Cash ‘d Out featuring “june Carter”, the next best thing to Johnny Cash. Back to the Garden featuring Eve Selis and Mattie Mills, a tribute to Woodstock. Left 4 Dead, bringing back the 80’s! The Bayou Brothers with special guest Sue Palmer, San Diego’s favorite Zydeco Band.