A Recap of the 2019 Arizona Roots Festival
The same body that organizes the California roots took it upon themselves to produce the Arizona Roots as a new event. For close to a decade, the Cali Roots has been bringing in unique artistes and performances with the aim of giving the consumers a special experience. This years event was organized in conjunction with relentless beats. It was also organized in and out of state location for the first time with the event being hosted at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Arizona. The event was flooded with buzzing people waiting to see what it 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. It was a spacious event with enough room for people to sit on the ground or on blankets that they brought along. There were enough wooden picnic tables and chairs next to the main stage for the people who wanted to listen to some music while eating. There was no scarcity of water stations as well. There were two different music stages on different ends of the event venue both being of contrasting sizes. The venue had tow drink bars on opposite sides with enough food outlets. There were a variety of items on sale with some vendors selling hand made items such as hats and bags. Some other common items were 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 attendees were served to an awe filled event as they watched and took photos of their 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. You could also get an aerial view of everybody below by going to the next level of the art car. Most people took photos at a red velvet seat at the mouth of the lion.
The Rawhide stage, which happens to be the smaller of the two stages was graced by music from 1pm. 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. The beauty of her voice was unquestionable with a voice that sounded like something between two popular artistes.