Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to see the Unity Tour 2012, featuring 311 and Slightly Stoopid, at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford. For $15, you get one general-admission ticket for lawn seating on Sunday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (a $29.75 value, including fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
This summer on the Unity Tour 2012, 311 and Slightly Stoopid roll through the continent with their signature reggae beats mixed with spirited thrashing. 311’s five-piece band broke out of Omaha in the mid-'90s with its blend of upstroke guitar, stadium sensibility, and optimistic lyrics rapped into the microphone by dueling vocalists S.A. Martinez and Nick Hexum. Their triple-platinum, self-titled album scored the first and second spots on the Billboard charts with the power-chorded hip-hop of “Down” and the funky bass of “All Mixed Up.”
Slightly Stoopid throws similar genre-bending beats throughout a discography that stretches back to a self-titled release in 1996. During their live sets, guitar and conga players wander fearlessly along deep grooves to stretch the track in surprising directions, like a walrus trying to shimmy into sweatpants. The Aggrolites aim to uncover the golden-era ska and reggae sounds buried beneath the '90s fuzz of the headliners in a live show they've honed over years of touring with the British and Jamaican legends they idolize.