A Review of the Arizona Roots Festival
The same body that organizes the California roots took it upon themselves to produce the Arizona Roots as a new event. The Cali Roots is well known for featuring special artistes and performances for over a decade. This year saw them. Partner with Relentless beats to put up the event. For the first time, the event was moved to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Arizona which is the first time it is being hosted in an out of state location. It created a buzz like no other with many people waiting to see what the event would be like.
There was a lot of space for movement of people as they perused the different products which is an indication of a well organized event. Whether you wanted to sit o the ground or you had a blanket to sit on, there was enough space for everyone. If you wanted to enjoy some music while eating, remain stage was lined with wooden picnic tables and chairs. Water stations were also in plenty. There were two different music stages on either ends of the event center with one being larger than the other one. Food centers were also plenty with two drink bars on the opposite sides of the event. Among the products on sale were hand made items such as hats and bags. Other available items included smoking paraphernalia, hand-blown glass pieces, and CBD treats. CBD users also had a chance to use this tool for dosing. The organization and layout of the vendors was very well thought out. There was a graffiti section with large backboards for graffiti artistes to showcase their skill. The event was great and full of excitement as people took photos and watched their favorite artistes performing. There was a huge lion made of metal with a green, red and yellow Rastafarian mane which served as an art car with red seats where people could seat and enjoy the music. The second level of the art car served people to an aerial view of all that was below. Most people took photos at a red velvet seat at the mouth of the lion.
Music at the Rawhide stage which is the smaller stage started at around 1pm.[ At around 1 pm, the music was already playing at the Rawhide stage which was the smaller of the two stages. The first band to grace the stage went by the name Rilen’ out had a lead singer clad in a plain black jacket over a tank top and jeans. Her great voice sounded like a combination of voices from two different mainstream artistes.