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Fans Get Slightly Stoopid on 420 at Red Rocks


If we were to try to sum up Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado in a single word it would simply be “breathtaking”. Our most recent trip to the magnificent outdoor venue took place on April 20th for a sold-out show with Slightly Stoopid (featuring Karl Denson), Cypress Hill, and Tribal Seeds.


We arrived at the venue fresh from the airport and the genuine personalities of the Denver crowd quickly became apparent. We met locals who
welcomed us into their tailgate, thrilled that we had made this trek to the Rocks. Everyone we came across had the same happy reaction as they tried to describe what we were about to experience that night.


The climb up the mountain to the Red Rocks entrance is an event in itself. The hike made us acutely aware of our physical prowess and hearing the bass echoing from the amphitheater all the way from the parking lot kept our feet moving.


We eventually made our way into the venue and explored during Tribal Seed’s late afternoon set. We felt like little kids at Disneyland, adventuring around to see the attractions. There was a great variety of food and drink vendors dispersed throughout the venue to discover. In case you were wondering, the nachos were on point.


We posted up at different vantage points as we made our way through the crowd. Whether you were watching the band jamming om the stage, the light projections onto the rocks beside you, or turning around to glance at the rising crowd above, every angle offered a remarkable view.

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The view from the top of the venue is equally amazing as the one from the photo pit. From the top, the structure of the amphitheater can be fully visualized, as well as the beautiful Denver skyline behind the stage. The thousands of people surrounding you feel microscopic compared to the canyon rock reaching towards the sky beside you.

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The acoustics in the amphitheater are simply unparalleled. It sounds like you are beside the artists in their studio; the connection to their music was heightened as we were able to literally feel the sound pulsating on us. This is what music is supposed to sound like.

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Cypress Hill still knows how to put on one hell of a live performance. They played back-dropped by a beautiful sunset as the crowd participated in constant sing-alongs to Cypress Hill’s classics. DJ Muggs and Bobo Correa performed a wild scratch and bongo solo that sent crisp echos into the mountains. It was great to get our hip-hop fix as they rapped into nighttime.

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Finally, a smoking skull was projected on the rocks and the Slightly Stoopid crew rolled up on stage in a hot-boxed van. It was, after all, 4/20.

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Miles Doughty screamed “COLORADOOOO” into the mic about 100 times that night, but the first time sent shivers
down our spines as his voice echoed all around us.

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C-Money fist pumped with his trumpet in between songs and the serenading saxophone was continuously harmonizing with the band, keeping our heads bobbing to the rhythm.

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The atmosphere in the crowd was obviously appropriate for the “holiday”, in a state that recently legalized marijuana. A fog of smoke rose constantly from the audience, sitting above everyone’s heads like ghostly halos.

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It was a magical experience all around and one we will not soon forget. For those in Philadelphia looking to get Slightly Stoopid, their “Kicking Up Dust” summer tour will be rolling into Philly on August 10th to play the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with Atmosphere and The Budos Band. Tickets are on sale now.

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[Photo credit: Mike Martinoli]

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Hemp Heals Music Festival Cultivates Great Tunes and Open Minds

The seed for the Hemp Heals Music Festival was planted by formed Philadelphia Flyer Riley Cote and his Hemp Heals Foundation. With support from Live Nation, the Festival brought together vendors, speakers, organizations, bands, and fans to the Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing on Saturday, August 25th.

The music portion of the Hemp Heals Music Festival was headlined by Sublime with Rome with support from Cypress Hill, Pepper, and Bong Hits for Jesus.

The mission of the festival was to promote healthy, eco-friendly living, holistic healing, and to teach the separation between industrial hemp and other uses of the cannabis plant.

We had the opportunity to speak with various organizations and vendors who had all come together for the day to support the cause.

Philly NORML was on hand to drive up support for marijuana law reform by accepting donations and distributing information about their cause.

Manitoba Harvest made the trek from Canada to be a part of the festival. Their company produces hemp foods and oils. The samples of their raw shelled hemp seeds that we sampled were delicious! In addition, they are higher in protein, Omega-3 & 6, and lower in carbs than Flax or Chia.

Capital Hemp traveled from Washington D.C. in their brightly colored Chevy van to display and sell their hemp clothing and accessories.

Dr. Bronner’s produces organic, fair-trade soaps that use hemp oil. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but it certainly smells nice.

While we enjoyed speaking with so many interesting folks from D.C. to Canada, it was the music that really made the day.

Pepper put on a great set. Their brand of rock infused with reggae and dub is truly unique and had fans cheering and dancing from start to finishing.

Cypress Hill was up next and we were thrilled to see the pro-pot hip-hoppers drop numerous fan favorites on the crowd. It’s clear that B Real, Sen Dog, and crew still have it. It was hard to resist singing along to classic jams like “Hits From The Bong”.

Finally, the headliners, Sublime with Rome, took the stage just before 9pm opening with “Smoke Two Joints”. While the voice of original lead-singer Bradley Nowell can never be fully duplicated, Rome comes pretty damn close. Sublime with Rome rolled out several classic Sublime tunes and even a sweet Nirvana cover.

After leaving the stage briefly, they returned for a quick encore which featured two of our favorite Sublime with Rome tracks, “Santeria” and “What I Got”.

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