SoCal beach acts hit the highlands for double-header
February 25, 2002
Event: Yellow Snow Tour with Slightly Stoopid and the B-Side PlayersTime and Date: 10 p.m. SaturdayVenue: Sherpa & Yeti’s, BreckenridgeBRECKENRIDGE – It’s times like these, at the very middle of the winter deep-freeze, that young men’s and women’s minds can easily drift to those laid-back and idyllic days on the beach.Of course, the reality of life in Southern California is probably a far cry from the laid-back and idyllic existence we enjoy in the mountains – but you can always dream.And if you need a bit of sonic accompaniment to go along with your “Baywatch” fantasies, Saturday’s got a double bill that promises to deliver the goods.The Yellow Snow Tour, featuring San Diego acts Slightly Stoopid and the B-Side Players, packs a solid blend of SoCal sounds from Sublime-ish dub reggae to full-bore Latin funk.Nowell’s groove lives on with Miles and KyleOne of the saddest stories in recent rock history is the untimely (and seemingly avoidable) death of Long Beach musician Brad Nowell, leader of beach reggae and punk trio Sublime. Nowell overdosed almost literally on the eve of the release of his band’s breakthrough major-label album – yet the act went on to be one of the biggest of the late ’90s, with no one there to fill Nowell’s shoes.Several years earlier, however, Nowell was instrumental in lending some assistance to a couple of players who fell squarely in Sublime’s musical corner (not to mention a recipe that’s a bit of dub reggae mixed with punk rock). While still in high school in 1994, Slightly Stoopid – featuring guitarist and vocalist MIles and bassist and vocalist Kyle – landed an opening spot with Nowell’s band, and were subsequently signed to Sublime’s label, Skunk Records. Original plans would have seen Sublime record one of Slightly Stoopid’s songs for its multi-platinum, self-titled album, but the group backed off at the last moment. Miles and Kyle toured with Sublime on one of the band’s last California outings and were also featured at Nowell’s 1996 memorial concert, which also starred No Doubt, Pennywise and the Long Beach Dub All-Stars.Since then, the group’s been listed as an official favorite of the stoner/snowsports crowd, with steady spots on the Warped Tour, the Winter and Summer X Games and Reggae on the Rocks.Slightly Stoopid’s releases – a self-titled debut, “The Longest Barrel Ride” and “Live and Direct: Acoustic Roots” – have only helped build on the duo’s underground status.B-Sides: War meets Lenny Kravitz by way of Ben HarperAt roughly the other end of the musical spectrum are fellow San Diego performers the B-Side Players – an act that, at one time, seemed poised to unseat Rage Against the Machine as Southern California’s most political act.The multicultural crew’s first independent CDs, “Renacimeinto” and “Culture of Resistance,” were chock ablock with pro-Zapatista material and largely Spanish lyrics … and almost a bit too heavy for consumption by tradional rock fans.Over the years, however, the B-Sides have mellowed a bit, melting all of that latin funk, reggae and soul into a dance-friendly concoction. “Movement,” their new album on Surfdog Records (home to Brian Setzer and the Butthole Surfers), features new performances of a few of the group’s older songs, as well as a completely appropriate cover of War’s low-ridin’ classic “Spill the Wine.” The B-Side Players got their start in 1993, featuring lead singer and trumpet player Karlos Paez (whose father performed with Los Moonlighters, a noted Mexican pop act), plus sax player Regan Branch, guitarist Giovanni Mejia, bassist Gerry Guevara, drummer Ryan Moran and percussionists Victor Tapia and Luis Cuenca. At home, they picked up awards as Best Latin Band and Best Latin Album, and they’ve gone on to play shows with Ben Harper, Papa Roach and Ozomatli.Both acts will be rolling into Sherpa & Yeti’s on Saturday night, with tickets available at the door.