Jungle Jam Continues with Sets from Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, G. Love and More
Attendance doubled on day three of Jungle Jam, as reggae-rock headliners Slightly Stoopid brought a diverse crowd—including local Costa Ricans, international surfers, and traveling tourists—to the venue. G. Love and Friends, Dastardly Bastards, a beachfront set with Max Creek, and another late night with Dopapod also rounded out the day’s lineup. In addition, the popular yoga sessions with instructor Andrea Morgan also featured live music by Brett Wilson (Roots of Creation) and Zach Deputy.
G. Love opened his set with a few solo that saw the performer take up guitar, harmonica and a traditional stomp box. The rest of the set featured a number of special guests, incuding soulful vocalist Nicki Bluhm and her bass player Steve Adams, as well as Eli Winderman (Dopapod) on keys for an eclectic version of The Allman Brothers’ “Statesboro Blues.” G. Love also brought out some friends he made while in Costa Rica, including djembe player Dan Bailey—a New York musician who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Bailey joined in for “This Ain’t Living,” an older G. Love and Special Sauce song, and a newer track called “Nightlife.” Nikki Glaspie then jumped on the kit for a take on Marvin Gaye’s steamy single “Let’s Get it On,” while DJ Williams (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) scratched his guitar like a turntable during the crowd favorite “Who’s Got The Weed.” The set closed with O.G. (Slightly Stoopid) joining G. Love for an incredible double harmonica solo on “Cold Beverage,” which also featured an epic freestyle from the frontman.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe—who were joined by Slightly Stoopid’s Dela on baritone sax and O.G. on percussion—brought the musical energy necessary to transport the audience out of this world. Denson switched from tenor sax to flute to play the melody of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle, Dela and O.G. (who toured with Denson as part of an underground tribute to The Beastie Boys) then got on the microphone for“Sure Shot,” which once again featured some guitar scratching from Williams. The set then had a monstrous ending, as Zach Deputy took the stage to sing Ray Charles’s “I Got a Woman,” while Karl Denson mashed it up with Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”
Headliners Slightly Stoopid opened their set with their popular new single “Don’t Stop.” Ian Neville sat in on guitar, while singers Kyle and Miles switched back and forth swapping guitar and bass. The set went from reggae rock to roots reggae when singer Don Carlos (Black Uhuru) came on stage for several songs, including “Ababajoni.” G. Love then returned to the stage to join his Stoopid friends for a couple songs, including “Baby I Like It,” which included a funky solo from Neville. Slightly Stoopid’s thunderous set finally came to a close—with DJ Williams back on guitar—with a cover Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself” as the crowd screamed for more.
Day three of Jungle Jam also featured set from the Dastardly Bastards, as well as Nikki Glaspie’s grunge funk power trio with Ian Neville and Andrew Block. The trio covered Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” and Kyle from Slightly Stoopid joined the group on vocals for Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” That set also saw an appearance from Glaspie’s Dumpstaphunk badnmate Ivan Neville, who took up keys for a couple of tunes.