Local boys do Bonaroo

  • Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stop Light Observations, a band made up of East Cooper residents, will play at Bonaroo. a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. PHOTO PROVIDED


An up-and-coming local band will hit the big stage this weekend (June 13-16) at Bonaroo.

Stop Light Observations, an all-local group, won a voting contest to be special guests at the four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.

Stop Light Observations band member Louis Duffie told the Moultrie News that an unknown person submitted the band into the contest. Word spread through social media that Stop Light Observations needed the votes.

The votes started trickling in, putting the group in fourth place. Duffie explained that on the last day of voting the band started moving up to three then two and out of nowhere number they were number one.

When the voting ended, a panel of judges chose two bands out of the top 10 to perform at Bonoaroo.

Stop Light Observations will perform on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The band

Duffie and fellow musician John-Keith Culbreth grew up together in the Old Village and took guitar lessons from the same teacher. The boys then began jamming with other locals their age and before they knew it, a band had emergeed.

They've been playing together for a year as a band.

The name Stop Light Observations originated when John was sitting at the stop light at Hardees on Houston Northcutt. The original name of the band was Tru Colors which wasn't that original, according to Duffie.

“We were not taken real seriously with that name and when Johnny was at that stop light and he looked around and noticed everyone looking at each other and taking a second out of their time to observe everything and it hit him that Stop Light Observations could be a band name.”

What makes the band unique is that the music is their passion, Duffie explained.

“At live performances we put a lot of effort into the show. We practice constantly and put on best show we can possibly do. We really try to get the crowd involved and make the show an experience,” he explained.

“The idea is to leave an impression and possibly add one more fan.”

He said the team is writing a lot of new music and can be found in the band room everyday practicing.

The boys are all in their early 20s and according to Duffie, “in it to win it.”

The trip to Bonaroo is sure to put them well on their way to the end game.

“This will be a huge step for us,” said Duffie.

“There will be a lot of publicists there. This is a great opportunity for people to see us for who we really are and we can possibly be signed or go on tour. This is truly the biggest break we've ever have had.” Locals can hear the band on July 5 at Party at the Point (Patriots Point).

Whether you refer to them as Stop Light Observations or simply SLO, this six piece, southern rock inspired band, is a true trail blazer as it grows in popularity and travels the country, moving beyond their Charleston roots. They play a unique style of Alternative Rock influenced by Indie Rock, Motown, Hip-hop, Folk, Revival, Americana, Garage and Arena Rock.

Band members include John-Keith Culbreth – piano, synth, song-writer, guitar; Wyatt Garey – lead guitar, synth, trumpet; Coleman Sawyer - bass, banjo, fiddle, stand-up bass; Louis Duffie – guitar, synth; Luke Withers – drummer; and Will Blackburn – lead vocals.

Visit www.bonnaroo.com to see the lineup, buy tickets and more.

To learn more about the band and their local appearances, visit their website at www.stoplightobservations.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stoplightobservations.

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