I want dreadlocks. I want them so bad. I chicken out every time I get close to getting them. I think there may be something weird about a ginger with dreadlocks. I’ve also been told by a lot of people that it’s a terrible idea, I will regret it, and my hair is too pretty to do dreadlocks. After tonight, I need dreadlocks.

Tonight was the Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, and The Expendables show at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza in Minneapolis.

I am definitely not the “reggae” type. I’ll listen to it in passing or if I’m working and just want some background music on. I definitely don’t seek it out. All I can think of when I hear reggae music is the record/ head shop I used to work at growing up. I used to work at Peeple’s Music in Des Moines, Iowa. My boss and co-workers were all huge hippies. I remember walking in to a huge cloud of smoke from the night before when I would open the shop. Standing in the crowd tonight, I was transported right back to that record shop.

This was the first reggae show of my life. Shocking, I know. I had an idea of what to expect in my head. I was not let down.

The whole crowd was lost in a cloud of marijuana smoke… good job security. Usually being lost in a cloud of smoke annoys me but it really did work tonight. It definitely added to the ambiance of being at a reggae show.

There were dreadlocks everywhere. Like I said in the beginning, I want dreadlocks so bad and seeing them every time I turned my head tonight did not help. The fashion was something straight out of articles about Coachella and Lollapalooza. There was fringe everything, outfits that looked like people had torn down their parent’s drapes and fashioned them into pants and there was a hemp necklace around everyone’s neck. I honestly felt like I had been transported right back to Woodstock or some other festival back in the 60’s or 70’s.

The music was great. The Dirty Heads definitely stole the show, in my mind, with their radio friendly reggae sound. They were the band that my roommate and I really wanted to see and they did not let us down. They had so much energy on stage and really got the crowd moving and grooving. The Expendables were good as well. They just didn’t seem to command the stage as much as The Dirty Heads. By the time Slightly Stoopid came on, everything started to sound the same.

After a long day of driving back to Minnesota from Des Moines, Iowa, the show tonight was exactly what I needed. It was so chill and relaxing. There was no fighting for space, no fighting. Just a bunch of hippies.

I’ll be getting those dreadlocks soon.

Line Up:

Slightly Stoopid

Dirty Heads

The Expendables

Venue: Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Sausage Fest Meter- Dreadlocks

Average Age of the Crowd- Dreadlocks

Crowd Surfers- Dreadlocks

Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Dreadlocks

Broken Bones- Dreadlocks

Drunkards Taken Out By Security/ Passed Out- 1 kid got dragged out by his friends after he passed out. After seeing his eyes rolled in the back of his head, I can only assume it was drug related.

Found in the Pit- Dreadlocks

Dreadlock Envy- 2398479238472 out of 10

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