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Stephen Marley, Slightly Stoopid Summer Sessions a hit with fans

Published:Saturday | August 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Stephen 'Ragga' Marley and American-based fusion band Slightly Stoopid have been a hit with fans on their Summer Sessions Tour that began in early July in Eugene, Oregon.

The tour that saw the acts treating fans to a night of reggae, hip hop and rock at Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, July 25, wraps on August 16 with a performance at Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, Florida.

Stephen Marley's first note acted as a musical magnet drawing the mesmerised crowd closer to the stage at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This turned out to be a special treat for patrons as Stephen's performance was packed not only with his smooth reggae sound but also a flag bearer and dancing supporting vocalists. These elements were complemented by the rhythmic beats of drums and backing instruments spreading good vibe ahead of Cypress Hill and Slightly Stoopid's set. Patrons were treated to a night of 90s punk rock, reggae and hip hop.

The eight-time Grammy-winning artiste/producer appears on the 20-city amphitheatre run and is expected to deliver singles such as Rock Stone and Thorn or a Rose from his eagerly awaited Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life album. His son, Joseph 'Jo Mersa' Marley who is featured on the upcoming album, opens for him for the entire stretch of the tour. Jo Mersa, a member of Stephen Marley's Ghetto Youths International label, which is co-owned with brothers Damian and Julian Marley recently released his debut EP Comfortable.

Performances

The Summer Sessions 2014 Tour saw Stephen Marley and Slightly Stoopid performing on Thursday, July 31 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston before heading to Philadelphia on Saturday, August 2 to rock Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. VIP Ticket sales have reached the maximum for shows on Thursday, July 31 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on Thursday, August 7, Riverfront Park in Cocoa, Fl on Friday, August 15 and their closing show at Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, Fl on Saturday, August 16.

Stephen's latest tour appearance is in preparation for the release of his much anticipated album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, to be released on the Ghetto Youths International label. His forthcoming album is the second instalment in a two-part series, with Revelation Part I: The Root of Life winning the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

The new album will also feature Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought, Bounty Killer, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Ky-mani Marley, Jo Mersa and more.

Additional dates

Additional dates for the Summer Sessions 2014 Tour will include the Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, August 8 and on Sunday, August 10 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, Florida. In addition to the Summer Sessions 2014 Tour dates, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley will also appear at the Blackwater Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida, on Friday, August 22.