On Friday, May 4th, California-based reggae-roots act Stick Figure will play at Morrison, Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre as part of a co-headlining gig with Vermont jammers Twiddle, along with Afro-pop/indie sextet The Hip Abduction on in support. Stick Figure is no stranger to the legendary venue, having performed feel-good sets during a number of high-profile shows in the past, including Umphrey’s McGee last June and at 420 Eve On The Rocks supporting Method Man & Redman and Ghostface Killah & Raekwon in April of 2016. In honor of the band’s return to the beloved venue, we decided to take a look at Stick Figure and catch up with some of their members. (Purchase tickets to Twiddle, Stick Figure, and The Hip Abduction at Red Rocks on May 4th here.)
Stick Figure began as a solo endeavor of lead singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Scott Woodruff, who took a page out of Keller Williams’ book by looping and layering tracks to create songs. In 2013, Woodruff put together a full live band to go out on tours around the country. Over the next few years, the band began to gain nationwide buzz by supporting acts like Passafire, John Brown’s Body, The Expendables, and Tribal Seeds and recording tracks with Slightly Stoopid, Collie Budz, and Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany.
In 2015, Stick Figure truly broke out with the release of Set In Stone, the band’s massively popular album that peaked at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album charts. The group has earned over 40 million+ collective listens on Spotify and recently debuted their latest single “Easy Runaway” in mid-January. Currently, the band is in the studio recording their new album and has plans to tour later this summer with Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.
[via Stick Figure]
Another key member of the band is Cocoa The Tour Dog, a five-year-old chocolate brown Australian Shepherd who tours with the group. Originally rescued by Woodruff, Cocoa has become a cult figure and fan-favorite band mascot, regularly meandering on stage during Stick Figure’s festival performances and getting face (and petting) time in with fans. More so, Cocoa has taken on other roles, acting as an Instagram influencer with almost 50,000 followers and a philanthropist as the face of her own charity organization. You can see Cocoa working as a model in the official music video for Stick Figure’s “Shadow” below.
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Earlier this year, Stick Figure and Twiddle went out on the road together for a month-long stint. During the month-long run, the two groups played to packed houses across the country, trading sit-ins and sharing of the stage together for various jams. (Check out a review of their show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre here).
“The Twiddle crew has serious skills and such a welcoming vibe,” says Stick Figure guitarist Johnny Cosmic. “They’re always inviting us to hang, jam, and join in the improvisational journey. Touring with them has been really inspiring for us on so many levels. Taking the momentum from tour and bringing it to Red Rocks feels like it’s going to be a special moment.”
Drummer Kevin Offizer reiterates those sentiments, especially the momentous occasion that is playing such an iconic venue as the Rocks, “Playing Red Rocks in itself is such an honor and a privilege. Sharing the stage with Twiddle on our last tour had a similar feeling. Those guys are such humble and talented musicians! I truly can’t wait to join them at one of the best venues in the country.”
“Smokin’ Love” featuring Collie Budz
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In a recent L4LM interview, Twiddle bassist Zdenek Gubb talked about their upcoming Red Rocks gig with Stick Figure and The Hip Abduction:
The Hip Abduction and Stick Figure are such amazing groups of people. I’m truly excited to put on a one-of-a-kind show with these guys. The Above the Storm tour was immensely fun. One of the biggest reasons is because Stick Figure is a band filled with the most kind-hearted, smart, and energetic people I’ve ever played with. That extends beyond the band to their crew and management…Getting back to Red Rocks, we have some fun stuff lined up so nobody should miss this crazy show on May 4th.
To sum it up, this is going to be an impressive night of music, front to back. Tickets for Twiddle at Red Rock with Stick Figure and The Hip Abduction are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page, and enter the Red Rocks giveaway below to win tickets and prizes to the May 4th show!
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