Stick Figure fire pyrotechnics

Since Stick Figure began touring in 2012, they have regularly visited to perform for Colorado’s reggae fans. As the band’s popularity has grown, so has the size of the venues they fill. With positive messaging, groovy tunes, and top-tier show production, it’s no wonder that Stick Figure’s drawing power continues to increase.

In 2023, the group played a star-studded Fiddler’s Green show. That Friday night event featured co-headliners Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads. Stick Figure took a day off before headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre that Sunday, playing with Pepper and The Elovaters. In 2024, they’ll tackle two nights at Red Rocks with SOJA and Little Stranger.

That pair of shows takes place on Wednesday, July 24th, and Thursday, July 25th. Then on Saturday, July 27th, the group will play their third annual Fiddler’s affair.

Starting With a Sole Stick Figure

Much like the production method of their early songs, Stick Figure has many layers. Conceptualized in 2006, it started as a one-person project formed by Scott Woodruff.

Stick Figure began with Woodruff handling all the writing, singing, and instrumentation. Using looping, he achieved rich reggae and dub sounds. Founding his label, Ruffwood Records, Woodruff would release several albums before recruiting bandmates to play his material live.

In 2012, he added touring musicians to achieve what layering helped him do in the studio. The original road crew included Kevin Bong — known as KBong — on keys, Tommy Sulliman on bass, and Kevin Offitzer on drums. Later, they added John Gray — stage name Johnny Cosmic — on keys, guitar and vocals to complete the lineup.

Man leaping above band members onstage

For the most recent Stick Figure album Wisdom, Woodruff employed a more holistic approach to creating music. Instead of completing all the writing, performing, and recording, he brought friends in to help.

Longtime collaborator TJ O’Neill assisted with writing. The live band members also contributed, along with some new additions. Percussionist Will Phillips and a complement of brass sounds — including saxophone, trombone, and trumpet players — jazzed up the record.

Woodruff joined forces with regular collaborator Slightly Stoopid for two tracks, including the hypnotic “Way of Life“. The video for that cut demonstrates the nature-themed, psychedelic visuals that often accompany the band’s live shows. Also featuring songs with Barrington Levy and Collie Buddz, Wisdom was the group’s fourth record in a row to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. Levy joined Stick Figure on stage at Red Rocks in 2023 for their collaboration “Soul Of The World.”

Cocoa the Tour Dog onstage

Touring: It’s a Dog’s Life

Not long after assembling a touring band, Stick Figure played shows in Colorado as early as January 2013. It wasn’t quite the time for their notoriety to take them to places like Red Rocks and Fiddler’s Green, though.

Cutting their teeth at venues across the state, Woodruff and company jammed through some great local spots. Such familiar Front Range haunts as the Aggie, the Fox, Cervantes, and the Black Sheep hosted the band.

After their Red Rocks debut in 2015 supporting Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads, Stick Figure has regularly graced the stage of the historic Amphitheatre. In addition to allowing them to connect with more fans in larger outdoor venues, it provides their unofficial member more stage time. Cocoa the Tour Dog is more than just a mascot!

Band members and dog are shown backstage
Band members pose with their dog in front of an audience

Cocoa is the adorable Australian Shepherd who roams Stick Figure’s stage as he pleases. He’s part of the family and has even inspired a book! Titled Cocoa the Tour Dog, the work was co-written with Stick Figure and a New York Times bestselling author. You can also catch his more recently added sister Molly’s adventures on their Instagram page.

One of the highlights of their live shows is catching Cocoa wandering as the band rocks out. Audience members love greeting the adorable pooch. Some even bring stuffed animals or other toys and launch them onstage as an offering.

Figure Out What Show to Attend

With three opportunities to see Stick Figure (and Cocoa!) this summer, fans have decisions to make! One factor that may come into play is that their Red Rocks shows on July 24th and 25th are each sold out. Keep an eye on the Red Rocks Fan Exchange on AXS, which is probably your best shot at authorized tickets.

Catch the hilarious duo Little Stranger opening up each night. Their banter-filled roots act recently came through several previously mentioned smaller venues along the Front Range. I caught their Aggie show and was in awe of both their musicianship and the rapport the pair have on stage.

Concert tour poster for the band Stick Figure

Both nights at Red Rocks will also feature support from industry mainstays SOJA. The reggae outfit from Virginia is a Grammy award winner and a frequent tour mate of Stick Figure. SOJA will also appear at the blockbuster event on July 27th at Fiddler’s Green. Co-headlining that show is Sublime, featuring original members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh, along with Jakob Nowell, the son of original Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell. Jakob and co. will perform under the original name. Ziggy Marley rounds out the headlining triumvirate for that bonanza of a gig. Wherever you decide to catch Stick Figure, you’re bound to soak in the good vibes.

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