w/ Zach Deputy
Pittsburgh fans showed up in force for a second year in a row to welcome the reggae-inspired West Coast sound of Slightly Stoopid at Stage AE, August 27th. There is nothing better than heading downtown on a Wednesday evening to party with your friends and catch some live music.
Opening act, one-man show, Zach Deputy, wasted no time using his vast collection of pedals, synthesizers, and microphones to get the party started. Looping multiple vocal tracks mixed with beats his soulful voice brought the crowd’s arms into the air as hands and drinks were held high throughout Deputy’s Caribbean inspired set of funky hip-hop that included “Twisty Twisty,” “Into the Morning,” “She Says,” and “Hagaline.” Deputy’s set was the perfect appetizer and warm-up for the Slightly Stoopid musical party that was to follow. As crew cleared Deputy’s gear from the stage and prepared for Slightly Stoopid the crowd size grew considerably, with those present welcoming late arriving friends with smiles and hugs.
As the lights dimmed, announcing the start of the headliner’s set, Stage AE was packed and ready for Slightly Stoopid to take the stage. Joined by horn-blower extraordinaire Karl Denson, who has become the band’s unofficial 8th member, Slightly Stoopid started with a five-song medley composed of “Champion,” “Don’t Stop,” “Don’t Care,” “Wickedz,” and “2AM.” Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald kept the fans jumping with “Way You Move” and “Don’t Stop from Top of the World,” while Denson provided a dose inventive saxophone which gave the set a taste of funky undertones.
Cheers rose from the fans as Doughty and McDonald switched instruments in the middle of a song early in their set. Doughty then laid his graffiti covered Fender aside and moved across the front of the stage holding the mic out for people upfront to sing. The band kept the energy high for their two-hour set. They invited opener Deputy back on stage to join them for their encore. His presence was the perfect way to wrap up a mid-week party hosted by Slightly Stoopid.