Day two of the inaugural Arizona Roots Festival began warmer than the frigid day before, leading to less people huddled around the provided outdoor heaters at the Rawhide Events Center in Chandler, AZ. Local bands got the good vibes up again after a night's hiatus before LA up-and-comers Iya Terra took the main stage by storm. Local fan favorites Black Bottom Lighters perfomed next to an already packed house on the side stage before The Movement upped the ante. Headlining Stick Figure members Johnny Cosmic and KBong appeared for an early for a quick cameo too, before SYNRGY surrounded themselves with fans and friends on the side stage. Collie Buddz started a midday sing-along next, which is a good thing, considering the Bermuda reggae legend's voice was fading fast! Rasping through the last half of his set, Collie Buddz stuck it out til the very end.
Thanks Arizona Roots for proving that the reggae-rock movement exists everywhere.
Indigenous activist-rapper Xuihtexcatl closed down the side stage as the sun set, giving blessings to the Native American land we were all standing on. It's always a treat being able to witness Dispatch in action, considering the extra long moratorium between their active tours and the fact they paved the way for the independent music industry. With Cocoa the Tour Dog making her signature grand entrance before the Stick Figure boys took the stage, Arizona Roots 2019's grand finalé was underway. Floating on high, attendees emptied out into the Rawhide parking lot, talking next stop Cali Roots X! Thanks Arizona Roots for proving that the reggae-rock movement exists everywhere.
Photography by Kristy Rose