Tour Diary | Slightly Stoopid | Part Three

Today we present the third and final installment in a series of direct-from-tour dispatches from Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo. RyMo checks in from the last set of multi-act dates that Slightly Stoopid recently headlined at venues across the country. Head here if you missed Part One and here for Part Two.

All photos by Steven Limentani:

My third installment of the Kickin' Up Dust Tour Diary found us in Chesterfield, VA inside Pocahantas State Park. What a beautiful place! We pulled in to the venue early on the morning of August 14th. Trees, sunshine and more trees.

I took my mountain bike out for a spin and I found some great trails to ride on. This was our first visit to this venue and the crowd did not disappoint! Good vibes for the Tribal Seeds and the crowd started filling in fast and then atmosphere got it poppin'. By the time we went on there were a few thousand people out there! Words don't do justice to the way that makes us feel. We thrive on crowd participation and Stoopidheads are a loyal bunch.

Show 19: House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC - We have been coming here for years now... One thing that sets this place apart from other House Of Blues venues is there is an alligator farm right outside the venue. It's a cool place, there are snakes and other animals too. Definitely go at feeding time! After a backstage Insanity workout and a heavy veggie juice session, we sound checked and worked on some music. Dela and I walked over to this Greek place and grabbed some good dinner. The beach was walking distance away, but it was raining and crappy out, so no one braved the surf check. We had a good show and the crowd was bonkers. Crowd surfing, moshing during reggae songs, just generally rowdy. That's just the way we like it... We have been ending most of the shows by playing "No Cocaine" with the Tribal Seeds guys and Slug coming up to guest.

[Photo by Steven Limentani]

Show 20: Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC - This is a great outdoor ampitheater right in the center of the city. It's tucked between several buildings and some train tracks. We last played here two years ago with Rebelution and Schwayze. Good to be back. I went for another long ride today, and actually got a flat tire. Luckily had patches and got it sorted out. It was comfortable out. Not too humid. We have been getting in a good groove musically. Playing similar sets, but performing them cleanly.

[Photo by Steven Limentani]


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