Peace, love, and unity are coming to Hampton Roads this Friday night.
The sweet sounds of reggae will be echoing out of Portsmouth Pavilion when Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, and Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh take the stage this weekend for the Return of the Redeye Summer Tour.
Maybe you’re a reggae connoisseur and the genre completely changed your life and became your chosen form of stress relief from all of life’s challenges. Or perhaps you’ve never heard of any of these bands at all. Well, here’s the thing: it’s utterly impossible to leave a reggae concert unhappy. Reggae is universal and has a way of bringing people together. Trust me on this.
Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh will start the show and set the mood for a great night of music. This collaboration of hip hop artists from California is the perfect compliment to the acts to follow. SOJA, a leader in the American Reggae Movement, is up second and should not be missed. SOJA is known for socially conscious and political music that is inspired by all of the band members, who have roots in Washington D.C., Africa, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. Lead singer Jacob Hemphill pens all of the band’s songs and his quietly powerful voice guides listeners through the social issues or love stories on his mind. You’ll rethink life during songs like “Everything Changes” and “Translation of One” but you’ll dance your heart out to “I’m Sorry” and “I Believe.”
Slightly Stoopid started their music career back in 1994 when they were discovered and signed by famed Cali band Sublime’s lead singer, Bradley Nowell, a couple of years before he passed away. The group was formed by a few childhood friends playing SoCal skatepunk in San Diego and their music evolved over time. Over two decades, the band has released 12 albums to date, including their latest release, Meanwhile…Back at the Lab. They’ll be rocking tracks from every album Friday and you’ll catch me grooving to every single one, especially my favorites “2AM” and “Sweet Honey.”
All the components of a great night out are lined up for you at this show. Enjoy the music and the breeze off the Elizabeth River, and please, dance with a stranger.
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Special thanks to Portsmouth Pavilion our promotional partner on this post.