Labor Day Weekend has always traditionally symbolized the end of summer. To celebrate, Slightly Stoopid and friends brought the Summer Traditions Tour to a close in their hometown of San Diego. Amid an unprecedented southern California heat wave, fans braved the scorching sun to sing and dance with friends and family to the tunes of their favorite bands.
Starting the party off was Fortunate Youth.
Dan Kelly and his merry bandmates commanded the stage, entertaining fans with their favorite songs, “Peace Love and Unity” and “Friends and Family” as Jimmy Ovadia painted a likeness of Kelly side stage. Pepper’s frontman Brett Bollinger joined the boys onstage for “Dial My Number” before the band closed out their set by smoking the traditional footlong joint while performing “Burn One” with We Should Smoke.
Next, taking the party up a notch, was GRAMMY-nominated Common Kings. Fans sang and danced along to their favorite songs as the sun continued to beat down. The band shared their new song “Damn Good Time”, too!
A Labor Day Weekend party wouldn’t be complete without the boys from Pepper as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their album, Kona Town. Also joining Pepper on tour was guitarist Jeff Nisson. Petco Park was packed with sweaty fans, dancing shoulder to shoulder to favorites like “This Town” and “Give It Up”. The band invited Miles Doughty (of Slightly Stoopid), Dan Kelly and the guys from Common Kings back to the stage for a few songs with a special appearance by Scott Woodruff (aka, Stick Figure)!
As the sun began to set and fans started to cool down, Slightly Stoopid took to the stage for a hometown blowout!
The band played a full set list of fan-favorites, like “Bandolero”, “Good Life” and even busting out the rarely played “Sweet Honey”. The band continued to bring out one phenomenal guest after another: Don Carlos, Kaleo Wassman (of Pepper), Stick Figure and Chali 2na all added to the good times and good vibes. What a great way to end a tour!
Photography by Olivia Valdes; Recap by Jenni Lynne