Slightly Stoopid Rocking the Red Hat Amphitheater

slightly_stoopid_04We were kid free and it was Friday night! Our plans involved going to the Red Hat Amphitheater to the Slightly Stoopid show and grabbing a bite to eat before the concert. We ducked out of work a little early to get ready for a fun Friday night.

Merri Beth and I headed to downtown Raleigh, parked at the City Plaza deck, and walked over to Jimmy V’s. Our plan was to grab some food then head to the show. We started our meal off with risotto cakes and side salads then split a goat cheese pizza.

While we were eating dinner, we recognized NC State legend Dereck Whittenburg. Our server told us that the 1983 NC State Men’s Basketball team was having a reunion at Jimmy V’s.  He confirmed that our Whittenburg sighting was legit, and even asked Dereck to come over and say hello. Which he did!

Big smiles with Sidney Lowe

Big smiles with Sidney Lowe

We saw some of the other players and coaches trickle in to the reunion while we finished our meal. We grabbed a drink at the bar and mingled with some of the team, getting a picture with Sidney Lowe.

We were alright with missing the first opening act, G. Love & Special Sauce, but we kind of wanted to see Stephen Marley perform. I’d say under the circumstances we made a tough choice to stay at Jimmy V’s longer than we intended too.

MB and I walked over to Red Hat Amphitheater where it was intermission. We stood in line for a beer, found our seats (on the third row), and patiently waited for the show to begin. Slightly Stoopid took the stage and the place was jamming.

They played for almost two-hours only taking a short break. We really enjoyed the music. Slighlty Stoopid played a good mix of their popular songs, 2am, Closer to the Sun, and others. We had a great time at the show.

We stopped by Crank Arm Brewery on the eve of their one-year anniversary after the concert. What a great way to cap off the evening!

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager for Opensource.com--a publication and story-telling platform for open source communities. At night, he wears a cape, and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown super power of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
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