REGGAE AND JAM WORLDS UNITE FOR CROSS-COUNTRY ABOVE THE STORM TOUR
Fan-favorite reggae act Stick Figure, led by the multi-talented frontman, songwriter, and producer Scott Woodruff as well as the beloved Cocoa the Tour Dog, will be teaming up with jamband powerhouse Twiddle for a 17-show run across the country, with additional support from LA-based reggae group Iya Terra. The organic link between jambands and reggae has been clearly drawn with the announcement of the Above the Storm Tour, a traveling representation of top up and comers in each respective scene.
Stick Figure teamed up with Humboldt's Finest Farms to bring you batch 004 of the "Stick Figure Sour." This limited edition drop is available exclusively in California and features compostable, recyclable packaging consisting of pre-roll 6 packs & pre boxed 1/8ths. This hybrid sativa was grown in Humboldt County and is powered by only sun, soil and rainwater. The fusion of these two brands is a nod to the ability of both to push the envelope and expand beyond traditional boundaries.
Stick FIgure recorded the official music video for "Weary Eyes" in over 50 locations while on tour and traveling. Watch the video premiere by Crave at the link below. Directed by Bulldog Media.
With guest features from Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Collie Buddz and KBong, Set in Stone's distinctive songwriting and production is the next chapter in the evolution of sound for Stick Figure music. Three years in the making, 14 brand new tracks, and by far the best production we have seen on a Stick Figure record, this album embodies a new creative milestone.
As a New Yorker, I consider the city to be Manhattan and venture out of that area to Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and other boroughs as needed to see great music. This past week I headed out to Long Island to The Theatre at Westbury. [Why you ask?] The only reason to travel anywhere, amazing reggae.
The Theatre at Westbury was hosting an incredible show with Through The Roots, Stick Figure, The Green, J.Boog and Rebelution all on one stage, in one night. For anyone who has not been there, this theatre is worth the drive. Under what looks like an industrial circus tent, the seats are staged in the round, meaning they form a 360 around the stage. The stage itself is a small platform in the center that slowly rotates as the bands perform, making every seat in the house a great seat. In addition they have some amazing food and drinks and a nice outdoor patio for anyone wanting a smoke or a little fresh air.
As we walked in, we passed Anamorphosis Art (www.anamorphosisart.com). Ania Amador and Christopher Morphis had a large canvas set up and were painting along to the music. The piece they were creating was beautiful and captured the vibe of their company which is “committed to spreading a conscious message about peace, love, liberty, and meditation through their collaborative work…”
Thursday night we headed to a sold out show at Highline Ballroom to see Stick Figure. I had not scene Stick Figure play live before and was honestly not familiar with much of their work aside from their newest 2015 release Set In Stone. I was intrigued to learn more about this band built around the talents of one man who writes, records, produces and performs all the songs on the album.
Raging Fyah was the opening set, coming from Kingston, Jamaica the do not play New York very often and I was excited. I missed what friends called an amazing show last time they played here at Milk River in Brooklyn. It was also great to see the mix of Caribbean reggae with West Coast reggae/rock as I think it opened Raging Fyah to a larger audience who would appreciate their music.
Raging Fyah put on a well balanced set, hitting classic tracks from their Destiny album released in 2014. Their new album Everlasting is due out May 27th. Jah Glory and Irie Vibe brought the tone to kick off the night. They closed with a beautiful cover of Dennis Brown ‘s Milk and Honey, which will be featured on the coming VP Records compilation We Remember Dennis Brown.
Following Raging Fyah, Fortunate Youth took the stage in a literal blaze of fire. The lead singer walked on carrying a giant blow up plastic joint. Kicking right into Pass The Herb, off their 2015 Don’t Think Twice album, they fired up a joint, passed it around stage and into the audience. While the crowd already had a halo of smoke, this set the tone for the rest of the show as the sweet aroma filled the air.