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Slightly Stoopid plays for hometown crowd

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Help local San Diego musicians get to the big stage at this year’s KAABOO Del Mar. The 2016 KAABOO Discovery Tour competitors include The Verigolds, Kid Wilderness, Imagery Machine, Raf Deza and The Avenue, and Andrew Barrack Music. The bands will perform in a battle-of-the-bands contest at Quartyard and afterward, attendees can vote for the band they’d like to see play at KAABOO in September. A final Discovery Tour event is scheduled for Aug. 13 at Music Box in Little Italy. - Liz Bowen, DSD 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. Quartyard, 1102 Market St., East Village. $10. kaaboodelmar.com/discovery-tour (Misael Virgen)

The quintessential, San Diego-based band Slightly Stoopid returned to get down and irie with festival-goers on Saturday night of KAABOO Del Mar.

The Ocean Beach natives, who took some time to talk to DiscoverSD Saturday morning, are currently wrapping up their “Everything is Awesome” tour with Dirty Heads, and also played Jimmy Kimmel Live last week. As busy as the group may seem, the guys still reside in relaxing San Diego and are at home as often as possible.

“We live here so we really are home a lot in between shows to spend time with our families,” said Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid. “Even if we are recording, our studio is also right here, so it makes it easy to do late-night recordings after your day’s over.”

With this being the first year of KAABOO, the guys were looking forward to once again having a music festival that is right in their backyard.

“I think it’s a really good thing for San Diego,” said Doughty. “It’s something to finally take that place of what was Street Scene was. And it’s great because it really can only have room to grow from here.”

Playing a large-scale festival may seem like a huge responsibility to get prepared for, but according to Doughty it’s actually quite simple, especially when they’re just a short commute away from the venue.

“It’s really the same doing a festival as it is another show,” he said. “We show up a little before we go on, and we always try to play the best show that we can, no matter what it is.” Only thing is, at this show, we know we will have a lot of local fans who know and follow our music and like what we do. But because it’s so big, we also will have some new listeners, which is really cool.”

When asked what they were most looking forward to at the festival, Slightly Stoopid was, of course, eager to play for all of their loyal fans in San Diego, but even more so, they were really looking forward to the Saturday night headliner.

“We’re definitely looking to see Zac Brown Band!” Doughty said. “We’re fans and their set happens to start right after ours ends.”

During their 6:30 p.m. performance on the Grandview stage, they played favorites like Collie Man as well as a few new tracks from their latest album, “Meanwhile...Back in the Lab.”

After KAABOO, the band is taking a brief break before continuing their fall tour with Stick Figure, followed by the Closer By The Sun event in Mexico in December.

Source: DiscoverSD