Miami Rum Festival 2016 Awards Yolo Rum Gold ‘Best in Class’

2016 Miami Rum Festival RumXP Best in Class Medal
2016 Miami Rum Festival Consumer Rum Jury Gold Medal

RumXP International Rum Expert Tasting Panel selects Yolo Rum Gold as ‘Best in Class’ in the ‘Aged 9 to 12 Year’ category at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

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The 2016 edition of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival recently wrapped-up at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami, Florida.  The festival, now in it’s 8th year, attracts rum experts, industry professionals and rum enthusiasts spanning the globe as one of the premier rum events in the world.  This year we were excited to make our second straight appearance at this world-class event hosted by Robert Burr along with his wife Robyn and his son Rob.  One of the highlights of the event is the International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition which occurs on the events first night.  The esteemed Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) boasts some of the most respected and revered rum experts in the world, and each year a multitude of rum expressions from around the globe enter the competition.  Last year Yolo Rum was able to score a RumXP Gold Medal for our 10 year aged Gold expression, and we were happy to compete once again with some of the world’s finest rums on rum’s biggest stage.  The RumXPs would not be let down, as we were proud to be recognized once again as one of the finest Rums on the planet.  This year, we were honored to be selected as the “Best in Class” Rum for the “Aged 9 to 12 Year” category.  On top of our “Best in Class” award, we were highlighted by the festivals Consumer Rum Jury as well.  The Consumer Rum Jury is comprised of 20 well qualified rum enthusiast consumers, collectors and experienced rum travelers, offering the perspective of the active and engaged rum buyer in their evaluations.  The Consumer Rum Jury gathers at the festival for blind tasting sessions under the supervision of the International Rum Expert Panel team.  We were incredibly excited to be chosen by the 2016 Consumer Rum Jury as a Gold Medal award winner.  It was truly a great honor to be recognized by such an elite group of rum experts as one of the finest rums in the world, by both the RumXPs and the Consumer Rum Jury.  Once again a phenomenal achievement for Yolo Rum’s master distiller and rum blender, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez, one of the world’s most respected and honored “roneros.”

Phil is congratulated by Don Pancho
Don Pancho Fernandez with Jessica
Miami Rum Festival 2016 Best in Class award certificate
Miami Rum Festival 2016 Consumer Rum Jury Gold award certificate

 

Yolo Rum owner Phil displays Miami Rum Festival award
Yolo Rum founders Jessica and Phil with Miami Rum Festival award

Yolo Rum crew at 2016 Miami Rum Festival

Fifteen judges participated in six tasting sessions over the course of two days.  Judging over 100 of the finest rums in the world presented for evaluation this year.  The 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Judges included:

Juan del Busto
USA | FL
Rum Collector / Spirits Judge

 

Marie King
USA | CA
Tonga Hut Los Angeles

 

Suzanne Long
USA | CA
mixanthrope.com

 

Matt Pietrek
USA | WA
cocktailwonk.com

 

Martin Cate
USA | CA
Smuggler’s Cove San Francisco

 

Ian Williams
Washington, D.C.
rumpundit.com

 

Scott French
USA | SC
therumtrader.com

 

Nigel Sade
USA
nigelsade.com

 

Additional photo credit to RumXP Judge Matt Pietrek of cocktailwonk.com

The view from RumXP Bahama Bob Leonard

Additional photo credit to RumXP Judge Bahama Bob Leonard

Click here for a complete list of 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival RumXP Medal Award winners

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2016

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2016: April 15-17, 2016: Photo Gallery

The event takes place in Miami, as the name suggests, and it’s only a couple minutes away from South Beach, but this isn’t a gathering of spring-breakers chugging cheap rum, this is rum for grown-ups.  For consumers, the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, as hundreds of rums are displayed, offering an unprecedented and exciting opportunity for rum enthusiasts to sample, discern and learn about the world of fine rums. For professionals, this is the world’s largest and most important trade exposition for rum. 

For professionals, this is the world’s largest and most important trade exposition for rum.  Furthermore the event offers the opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries, notable experts, and more.  And while very little rum is actually made in Miami, rum reputations are.  

Hanging With Bahama Bob in Key West, Florida

Yolo Rum now available at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn after a visit to see our friend Bahama Bob Leonard in Key West, Florida

It’s not to often that you get a chance to go out and sing karaoke with Bahama Bob.  It’s just not an every day occurrence, so when the opportunity presents itself, then you better be ready to seize the opportunity.  All in a days work, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from our journey to Key West, Florida to link up with one of the most notorious and interesting people in rum, at one of the most storied and widely recognized rum bars in the world.  So finally, here we were, with the Yolo Rum Outback parked in front of the the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn on Duval St.

This would be Yolo Rum’s introduction to Key West, and likewise, for many in Key West, this would be their introduction to Yolo Rum.  Bahama Bob has had plenty of exposure to Yolo Rum.  He was on the RumXP judging panel at the 2015 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival that awarded Yolo Rum Gold a RumXP Gold Medal, and he has also been kind enough to review Yolo Rum for his blog “Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles”.  For many others that we had the opportunity to meet and visit with during our tasting at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn, Yolo Rum might not have been a familiar name yet, but Don Pancho Fernandez was a name that they were certainly well aware of.  This is what put us on the radar for Bahama Bob, as his prominence in the rum world has lead to a personal friendship with Don Pancho Fernandez, the Master Distiller and rum blender behind Yolo Rum.  In most cases, just knowing that Yolo is a Don Pancho rum was all the info necessary to be accepted with open arms.  Each cocktail and sip of Yolo was followed by overwhelming approval, and soon enough we had a room full of believers.  And as Bahama Bob carefully crafted cocktail, after Yolo Rum cocktail, it gave us the opportunity to mingle with our new friends.

Bahama Bob making drinks at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn

One question or comment that would come up often would be about the name Yolo Rum, so it provided a great opportunity to educate about the name.  “What does it mean, and where did it come from?” was often the line of questioning.  Some were not familiar with the acronym “You Only Live Once”.  For us, Yolo means to slow down, enjoy the moment, make the most of now, live life, experience the best things because you deserve it.  You Only Live Once!  Like the roman poet Horace says “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, loosely translated “Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)”.  And then the light turns on, and it makes sense.  The name.  The meaning.  The message.  The best rum in the world can only be accompanied by a name that embodies what it means to reflect in that moment and be present.  Tomorrow is promised to no one.

Yolo Rum on the top shelf at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn

 

New Yolo Rum friends with some new shirts

 

All-in-all it was an amazing time and a memorable experience that was very special.  The bartender and the venue made it a moment that Yolo Rum could be so proud of.  We made many new friends, as we usually do at these tastings.  There was our new friend Sam, a co-worker and friend of Bob’s from the Speakeasy Inn, and also a fellow member of The Rat Key Rum Tasters Association.  She promised to rock one of our Yolo Rum shirts at one of their upcoming weekly rum tastings and snap a photo for us.  We also got to hang out with birthday girl Toni, who was nice enough to pose with a shirt and bottle for us.  And there were so many others.  Thanks so much to everyone that made it down to the tasting at the Rum Bar.  Now we just need our own original signature Bahama Bob Yolo Rum cocktail, and then maybe we can be in one of Bahama Bob’s famous cocktail recipe books.

 

Everything Is Awesome in Red Rocks CO

The Everything is Awesome tour 2015 made it’s way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado this past Saturday August 1st.  The tour features Slightly Stoopid, the Dirty Heads, and Stick Figure.  Yolo Rum brought the VIP party, while Larry Ulibarri and Producer Wign’z were there to represent Yolo Rum Studios and the Larry Ulibarri Uncensored Podcast to interview Miles Doughty from Slightly Stoopid.  Join us for an inside look at the Everything is Awesome tour at Red Rocks on Colorado Day 2015.

Miles Doughty Interview

Watch the exclusive interview with Miles Doughty from Slightly Stoopid via the Larry Uncensored Podcast and the Yolo Rum Studios

 

BONUS INTERVIEW: JON PHILLIPS from SILVERBACK  MANAGEMENT

Listen in as Larry Ulibarri and Producer Wig’nz interview music legend Jon Phillips, the guy who launched Sublime and discovered Slightly Stoopid. Hear what he says when Larry calls him the Dr. Dre of this music genre. 

BONUS INTERVIEW: SCOTT WOODRUFF from STICK FIGURE

Yolo Rum Studios went backstage at Red Rocks where Larry Ulibarri and his Uncensored Podcast talked with Stick Figure after performing at the Everything Is Awesome Tour. Stick Figure talks about music, the tour and his creative process for producing music.

Producer Wig’nz and Larry Ulibarri interview Jon Phillips from Silverback Management

 

Producer Wig’nz and Larry Ulibarri with Miles from Slightly Stoopid

 

Everything Is Awesome In Red Rocks CO: Yolo Rum Photo Gallery

Everything is Awesome Red Rocks Yolo Rum Backstage Set Up

 

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Don Carlos

 

Colorado!!!! We love you!! What an amazing night at Red Rocks!!! Thanks to all the fans and the bands for making it such a special night and Raised Fist Propaganda for an epic photo. #everythingisawesome2015

Posted by Slightly Stoopid on Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Slightly Stoopid’s Miles Doughty and Yolo Rum Owner Philip Guerin

 

Miles Doughty Slightly Stoopid and Dan

Slightly Stoopid’s Miles Doughty and Dan

 

 Slightly Stoopid’s Miles Doughty and Yolo Rum Uncle Sam

 

Jon Phillips Silverback Management Philip Guerin

Jon Phillips from Silverback Management and Philip Guerin from Yolo Rum

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Slightly Stoopid’s OG and friends

 

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“MEANWHILE… BACK AT THE LAB”

Everything Is Awesome In Red Rocks Blog

It was the perfect August summer afternoon in Colorado.  The sun was perched high in the sky, and only a few straggling clouds could be seen as they drifted past Red Rocks and out towards the plains.  You couldn’t have asked for a better setting than this one, as everyone ascended on this historic venue in Morrison and began to settle in for what was sure to be an amazing evening of music, fun, and Yolo Rum!  Following four epic shows in Florida, the “Everything is Awesome” tour featuring Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, and Stick Figure made their way to Red Rocks for the grand finale of the Yolo Rum leg of the tour.  We were thrilled to be a part of all of the fun with the bands as they made their way through stops in St. Augustine, Cocoa, Boca Raton, and St. Petersburg, Florida and then culminating at beautiful Red Rocks.
As was the case at the previous 4 shows in Florida, Yolo Rum was on hand to host backstage VIP area parties, where we were able to serve up some signature Yolo Rum cocktails, and hang out with the bands, crew, and their family and friends.  The show back at Red Rocks however offered unique access for Yolo Rum and the Larry Ulibarri Uncensored Podcast, as we were able to secure exclusive interviews backstage with some of the stars of the Everything is Awesome tour, Miles from Slightly Stoopid, Scott from Stick Figure, as well as one of the main men behind the scene, Jon Phillips from Silverback Management.  As we were busy setting up for the party in the dressing room, members of the crew were busy wheeling in and out equipment from the stage area.  And as Larry Ulibarri and Producer Wign’z were testing equipment and running sound, the audio engineers for Red Rocks were completing sound checks with the bands just outside of the dressing room as the energy and anticipation of the night began to increase.

As the finishing touches were being put on the stage outside, we were finishing setting up for the party in the dressing room backstage.  This was all a lead-up to our first guest of the evening, one of the stars at the center of the Everything is Awesome tour, Slightly Stoopid frontman and vocalist Miles Doughty.  It was such an honor to sit down with Miles, and talk about the band and the tour.  After the interview with Miles, we made our way to the Red Rocks concourse to mingle with fans and pose for pictures with our Instagram sign.  As the gates opened and stands began to fill up, the place was already near a packed capacity by the time Stick Figure made their way to the stage to open up the show.  While we were hanging out with our Instagram sign and making new friends, as luck would have it, we came face to face with our ticket contest winner and her husband.  After posing for a couple more pictures, we made our way backstage to let our contest winners settle in, and grab a couple of Yolo Rum drinks.

After Stick Figure got done with playing a stellar set, and as the last of the sold out crowd made their way in from the parking lot parties, you could feel the excitement in the air.  The perfect August summer afternoon gave way to a perfect summer evening, perfectly fitting of this Colorado Day, the states 139th birthday.  The next act to take the stage for the Red Rocks crowd was the Dirty Heads.  As the party in the stands really started to heat up, the party backstage started jumping as well.  Our VIP bartender Mars was hard at work whipping up a variety of Slightly Stoopid inspired drinks, like the Stoopid Rum Ripper, the Slightly Colada, and the Vape Cod, as well as classic Yolo Rum cocktails like the Yolo Yummy and the Yolo Razz.  The VIP party attendees made their way from the backstage viewing area to watch the show, alternating back and forth between there and the party in the dressing room to fuel up on snacks and Yolo Rum beverages.  After the Dirty Heads got done smashing it for the packed house at Red Rocks, alas it was time for the main event, as it was about time for Slightly Stoopid to take the stage.  Finally the band was announced, and the crowd rallied up the band as they took the stage.  Just as the band played the first note, a massive collection of beach-balls flooded the crowd from the top row of the amphitheatre, appropriately labeled with Slightly Stoopid and Yolo Rum logos.

It goes without saying that Slightly Stoopid’s set was amazing.  It was a perfectly eclectic mix of classic Slightly Stoopid tracks, to go along with material from their new album “Meanwhile… Back at the Lab”.  They had the crowd rocking the whole time, and the vibe was right.  They even welcomed with them to the stage Reggae legend Don Carlos for a couple songs during the set.  As the event began to wind down, and Slightly Stoopid stepped off the stage following an epic curtain call, the party backstage picked up momentum for one last wind to close out the night.  As party revelers shared stories over cocktails in our dressing room party backstage after the show, we had the chance to welcome a couple more guests to the Larry Ulibarri Uncensored Podcast booth for interviews with Larry and Wig’nz.  The final round of exclusive interviews included a sit-down with Scott Woodruff from Stick Figure, and finally Jon Phillips from Silverback Management.  Once again it was a great pleasure to have these guests share with us some of their stories and experiences.  After posing for some pictures and moving through the crowd to shake hands with guests and exchange hugs, they stared to make their way back to their own dressing rooms to retire for the evening.  And as the last of the munchies were being gobbled up, and the last of the drinks were being sipped dry, the energy of the afterparty turned into the calm that’s left behind.  And alas, there was nothing that remained except for the spirit of this show, on this night.  The laughter, the smiles, the energy, the music, the family, the love, the rum.  Could it have been any better than this?  And even if it could have been, would it have mattered?  Because on this night everything was perfect.  On this night at Red Rocks, Everything is Awesome!
 

Interview Transcription

Larry Ulibarri:  “Everything is Awesome” tour, what’s up with the name?  Who named it and what does that stand for?

Miles Doughty:  Well honestly the way it all kind of came together.  The fans have really been asking for us and Dirty Heads to tour together for like a decade.  Like they’ve just been saying “Hey, why don’t you guys?” ya know, vice-versa, their fans, our fans, “Tour together.”  And the pieces all fell into place, and you know, obviously we were kind of bitin’ off that Lego vibe of “Everything is Awesome”, that movie that came out.  And we thought it was kind of funny, ya know, a lot of us have kids now, so it was a funny thing to do.

Producer Wign’z:  Now one of the pictures that you guys had was a Lego guy watching your show, and all the Lego performers on there, and like, it was awesome.

Miles:  Yeah, it was pretty cool, I mean obviously there’s so much you can do with it as far as artistically, and just the vibe of the whole tour, it felt like that title really kind of… “Everything IS Awesome”, you know what I mean?  Everything’s going good, we got a new album that just dropped on June 30th called “Meanwhile… Back at the Lab”.

Wign’z:  It’s a great album by the way, even that intro and that intro to start it off…

Miles:  Dabbington…

Larry:  Super cool! 

Miles:  We’ve actually been opening up our tour like that just because it kind of gives you that feel of the record.  And like I said, and with the record coming out at the same time, and all this other stuff going on, the tour, you know “Everything is Awesome” really kind of is a fitting title. 

Wign’z:  You own your own record label though, right?  It’s all you guys, like from the drawings, like you said, you know, even the Lego images, that’s all you guys right?

Miles:  Yeah, we’ve had Stoopid Records since 2000 so we’ve always just put out our own music, you know, whenever we can, and we’ve had that, luckily, we’ve had that availability to do it, and the resources behind it and everything so it’s been great.

Larry:  A lot of artists, especially new artists, get stuck in like really long contracts that they never get out of so that’s kind of cool that you guys run your own stuff.

Miles:  Yeah, I mean we don’t really… we’re not even a band that… you don’t see us doing a lot of video kind of things and weird like media stuff… We’re not… We don’t… that’s never really been this band, you know, we’ve always been a band just, you know, we’re some beach kids from Ocean Beach that, you know, we make the music that we like to make for ourselves and for our fans, and you know, we’ve never really have exploited ourselves on that media level of just, like…

Larry:  Commercialism?

Miles:  Yeah, commercialism, and even just the… you know, we do posts on Instagram and stuff of like cool pictures, but we don’t sit there and do videos of ourselves just talking to everyone.  It’s just not something… to me, that’s like, fake, and not really…

Wign’z:  It’s not what you’re about, you’re about the music!

Miles:  Yeah.  For us we’ve never been that kind of band, so it’s cool that we just let the music speak for itself and just that vibe that we bring from Southern California.

Larry:  One thing I like about you guys is that you really let your fans get in touch with you guys, I know you have a thing where you go in to Mexico, and people can just buy in and hang with you guys…

Wign’z:  Closer to the Sun…

Miles:  Closer to the Sun, yeah, it’s at the Sapphire Resort down there in Puerto Morelos.  It’s amazing.  We did it last year, and we’re going to do it again this year in December, and it’s honestly… I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, because I’ve been on cruise ships where you’re just kind of like “ohhh, I’m stuck, ya know”.  And it’s one of those things when you’re there at the resort, you have the ocean, you can go in to town, you can do all these things, but it’s very intimate for the people that came down there.  You’ll see everybody at the resort, and they only let a thousand people go, total.  So it’s really cool.  And it’s a big… And it’s not like a small place, it’s a gigantic resort.  They have like three or four massive pools and you’re right on the ocean.

Wign’z:  And you’re just hanging with them.

Miles:  And you just hang, and drink, and party.  We did three sets, we played 78 songs over those three sets.  So it’s cool to play that many different songs, cuz when you just play a regular show, you’re gonna play like 25 songs.

Wign’z:  That’s awesome!

Larry:  Well we appreciate you coming here, and we appreciate you stopping in Denver, and being associated with Yolo, and stopping by the Podcast, we really enjoy your music…

Miles:  Thanks man.

Larry:  Yeah, and what you guys are doing, we appreciate it.

Miles:  Cool man.  I appreciate you guys.  Good looking out.

Slightly Stoopid Everything is Awesome St. Petersburg FL

Everything Is Awesome in St. Petersburg, FL

Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists (guitarists/bassists/vocalists) Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone– is gearing up for another big summer. On June 30th, the band members will unveil their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records. The band will kick off its “Everything Is Awesome” summer 2015 tour on July 8 and have enlisted their Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables and Stick Figure, for a 40+ city tour of amphitheaters and theaters before ending on September 19.

 

Purchase Slightly Stoopid’s new album

“MEANWHILE… BACK AT THE LAB”

Slightly Stoopid Meanwhile Back At the Lab

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ABOUT SLIGHTLY STOOPID

Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists (guitarists/bassists/vocalists) Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone– is gearing up for another big summer. On June 30th, the band members will unveil their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records. The band will kick off its “Everything Is Awesome” summer 2015 tour on July 8 and have enlisted their Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables and Stick Figure, for a 40+ city tour of amphitheaters and theaters before ending on September 19.

The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2012, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top of the World. The forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio, as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house audio engineering maestro James Wisner. On one occasion, the band came straight off a “Red-Eye” from their South American Tour to NYC, where Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.” Back home, Kyle and Miles also called on their long-time friends and Southern California music icons, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, to produce standout tracks “Life Rolls On” and “The Prophet.”

“We’re a touring act, and we’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade,” explains Miles, offering that the band’s own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse “The Lab at Stoopid Studios” (within the warehouse district of Mission Valley just inland of Ocean Beach), is a key ingredient of what keeps the band’s sound fresh. In fact, the title and album cover reference the band’s collective escape from touring where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.

“Over the last several years we started our own studio and invested into innovations and equipment upgrades in a quest to capture and progress our ideal signature sound. Having our own studio really enables us to make records at our own pace and to make the right records, hopefully (with a grin) at various stages of our career,” Miles continues. “What’s nice about having our own environment to record in, and analyze the music, is it really lets us keep an organic feel. For Slightly Stoopid, I feel like it’s a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we’ve learned over the years and really put it into this place and into our music.” The property also houses the creative loft space that has become the official offices Stoopid Records, which issued the band’s second album in 1999, Acoustic Roots, and has continued to be their preferred method of distributing the band’s recorded material.

“We started Stoopid Records around 1999,” Miles clarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doing with our records, and we thought it would be good to have our own independent label—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records. What’s nice is we’ve had a following with the fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid, as well as other bands we want to help break out.”

“For us, it was a big turning point as far as having complete creative control over everything we do. That’s something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don’t really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We’ve always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it’s paid off in dividends.”

Top of the World was the band’s most successful album to date, which entered the Billboard 200 at a career high No. 13 and also hit Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 3, Billboard’s Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with a final position of No. 4. In 2013, Slightly Stoopid released the live in-studio CD/DVD Slightly Stoopid & Friends – Live At Roberto’s, recorded with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir at his state-of–the-art TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The 32-song session included 2 sets (acoustic & electric), guest spots from Ivan Neville and Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson, Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, and Bob Weir himself! The release also boasts a candid interview of the band conducted by Weir and comedian Tommy Chong who emceed the sessions and provided spiritual “Wisdom.” The rock n’ roll gods smiled and PALLADIA picked it up as an hour-long special, which two years later is still in the channel’s rotation.

Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.

Slightly Stoopid Everything is Awesome Boca Raton FL

Everything Is Awesome in Boca Raton, FL

Yolo Rum was excited to be part of this tour with Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads and Stick Figure. The tour took place just after the release of their newest album “Meanwhile… Back at the Lab”.

The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2012, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top of the World. The forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio, as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house audio engineering maestro James Wisner. On one occasion, the band came straight off a “Red-Eye” from their South American Tour to NYC, where Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.” Back home, Kyle and Miles also called on their long-time friends and Southern California music icons, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, to produce standout tracks “Life Rolls On” and “The Prophet.”

 

Purchase Slightly Stoopid’s new album

“MEANWHILE… BACK AT THE LAB”

Slightly Stoopid Meanwhile Back At the Lab

ABOUT SLIGHTLY STOOPID

Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists (guitarists/bassists/vocalists) Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone– is gearing up for another big summer. On June 30th, the band members will unveil their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records. The band will kick off its “Everything Is Awesome” summer 2015 tour on July 8 and have enlisted their Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables and Stick Figure, for a 40+ city tour of amphitheaters and theaters before ending on September 19.

The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2012, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top of the World. The forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio, as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house audio engineering maestro James Wisner. On one occasion, the band came straight off a “Red-Eye” from their South American Tour to NYC, where Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.” Back home, Kyle and Miles also called on their long-time friends and Southern California music icons, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, to produce standout tracks “Life Rolls On” and “The Prophet.”

“We’re a touring act, and we’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade,” explains Miles, offering that the band’s own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse “The Lab at Stoopid Studios” (within the warehouse district of Mission Valley just inland of Ocean Beach), is a key ingredient of what keeps the band’s sound fresh. In fact, the title and album cover reference the band’s collective escape from touring where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.

“Over the last several years we started our own studio and invested into innovations and equipment upgrades in a quest to capture and progress our ideal signature sound. Having our own studio really enables us to make records at our own pace and to make the right records, hopefully (with a grin) at various stages of our career,” Miles continues. “What’s nice about having our own environment to record in, and analyze the music, is it really lets us keep an organic feel. For Slightly Stoopid, I feel like it’s a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we’ve learned over the years and really put it into this place and into our music.” The property also houses the creative loft space that has become the official offices Stoopid Records, which issued the band’s second album in 1999, Acoustic Roots, and has continued to be their preferred method of distributing the band’s recorded material.
“We started Stoopid Records around 1999,” Miles clarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doing with our records, and we thought it would be good to have our own independent label—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records. What’s nice is we’ve had a following with the fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid, as well as other bands we want to help break out.”

“For us, it was a big turning point as far as having complete creative control over everything we do. That’s something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don’t really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We’ve always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it’s paid off in dividends.”

Top of the World was the band’s most successful album to date, which entered the Billboard 200 at a career high No. 13 and also hit Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 3, Billboard’s Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with a final position of No. 4. In 2013, Slightly Stoopid released the live in-studio CD/DVD Slightly Stoopid & Friends – Live At Roberto’s, recorded with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir at his state-of–the-art TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The 32-song session included 2 sets (acoustic & electric), guest spots from Ivan Neville and Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson, Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, and Bob Weir himself! The release also boasts a candid interview of the band conducted by Weir and comedian Tommy Chong who emceed the sessions and provided spiritual “Wisdom.” The rock n’ roll gods smiled and PALLADIA picked it up as an hour-long special, which two years later is still in the channel’s rotation.
Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.

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Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.

 

 

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ABOUT SLIGHTLY STOOPID

Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists (guitarists/bassists/vocalists) Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone– is gearing up for another big summer. On June 30th, the band members will unveil their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records. The band will kick off its “Everything Is Awesome” summer 2015 tour on July 8 and have enlisted their Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables and Stick Figure, for a 40+ city tour of amphitheaters and theaters before ending on September 19.

The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2012, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top of the World. The forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio, as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house audio engineering maestro James Wisner. On one occasion, the band came straight off a “Red-Eye” from their South American Tour to NYC, where Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.” Back home, Kyle and Miles also called on their long-time friends and Southern California music icons, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, to produce standout tracks “Life Rolls On” and “The Prophet.”

“We’re a touring act, and we’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade,” explains Miles, offering that the band’s own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse “The Lab at Stoopid Studios” (within the warehouse district of Mission Valley just inland of Ocean Beach), is a key ingredient of what keeps the band’s sound fresh. In fact, the title and album cover reference the band’s collective escape from touring where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.

“Over the last several years we started our own studio and invested into innovations and equipment upgrades in a quest to capture and progress our ideal signature sound. Having our own studio really enables us to make records at our own pace and to make the right records, hopefully (with a grin) at various stages of our career,” Miles continues. “What’s nice about having our own environment to record in, and analyze the music, is it really lets us keep an organic feel. For Slightly Stoopid, I feel like it’s a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we’ve learned over the years and really put it into this place and into our music.” The property also houses the creative loft space that has become the official offices Stoopid Records, which issued the band’s second album in 1999, Acoustic Roots, and has continued to be their preferred method of distributing the band’s recorded material.

“We started Stoopid Records around 1999,” Miles clarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doing with our records, and we thought it would be good to have our own independent label—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records. What’s nice is we’ve had a following with the fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid, as well as other bands we want to help break out.”

“For us, it was a big turning point as far as having complete creative control over everything we do. That’s something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don’t really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We’ve always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it’s paid off in dividends.”

Top of the World was the band’s most successful album to date, which entered the Billboard 200 at a career high No. 13 and also hit Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 3, Billboard’s Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with a final position of No. 4. In 2013, Slightly Stoopid released the live in-studio CD/DVD Slightly Stoopid & Friends – Live At Roberto’s, recorded with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir at his state-of–the-art TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The 32-song session included 2 sets (acoustic & electric), guest spots from Ivan Neville and Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson, Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, and Bob Weir himself! The release also boasts a candid interview of the band conducted by Weir and comedian Tommy Chong who emceed the sessions and provided spiritual “Wisdom.” The rock n’ roll gods smiled and PALLADIA picked it up as an hour-long special, which two years later is still in the channel’s rotation.

Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.

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