California Roots and reggae-rock fans flocked in fleets to the Rawhide Events Center in Chandler, Arizona for Day One of the newly formed Arizona Roots Festival. The morning of February 8th was a slightly chilly one, yet that did not deter festivalgoers to show up bright and early for local band Rilen' Out and Katchafire, all the way from New Zealand! Split between a main stage and a smaller side stage, this wild west-themed sister fest of Cali Roots was already off to a brilliant start.
...this wild west-themed sister fest of Cali Roots was already off to a brilliant start.
A staple of AZ Roots is showcasing local talent, which continued in full fashion on the side stage with The Yoties followed by the fun-loving bunch known as Clint Stevens. The main stage welcomed Trevor Hall before the GRAMMY-nominated talent of J Boog took over to much applause. With glorious colors stretching across the sky at sunset, Mike Love closed down the side stage preaching messages of love and respect for all humans before the highly-animated hip hop duo Atmosphere hyped up the night. Switching between holding up middle fingers with holding up each other's hands in unity, Slug of Atmosphere's conscious rap evoked raw emotion for all. Last, but far from least as it was only Day One, Cali Roots veterans Rebelution became the first headliner of AZ Roots! Stay tuned for Day Two coverage coming soon.
Photography by Kristy Rose