CaliRoots 2014 Day 2

Alborosie

Alborosie gets the crowd going

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Alborosie brought an international flare to the Cali Roots Festival this year, being fresh off his European tour. His set included older classics like “Precious” and “Soundkiller”, some pieces from his latest album ‘Sound the System’ and some of his hardest hitting work from the ‘Escape from Babylon’ album, including his ganja anthem “Herbalist” and “No Cocaine”. Alborosie’s stage presence and international appeal brought a very energized crowd to the Cali Roots stage on Day 2 of the festival. Scheduled for 3:15pm, he was right on time and filled every minute of his set with heavy drum and bass, sing jay style, and Jamaican influenced dancehall reggae. The crowd for this set was incredibly energetic and boosted the performance. The sound techs carefully hooked up Albo’s band, so the stage thudded with clear drum and bass. The set’s finale with his famous single ‘Kingston Town,’ where he was joined on stage by J Boog. Many people stated their excitement at seeing Alborosie for the first time, and his performance didn’t disappoint, creating new fans all over the field. His set was full of energy, his band was on point, and his set list was a good overview of his work. One thing I noticed, having seen Alborosie perform multiple times, is that you will always hear him perform different songs so each show is unique, and for those at Cali Roots this was an Alborosie performance that will stand out for years to come. – Tom Searcy

Iration

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Iration takes musical inspiration fromolder generation of reggae style they grew up listening to and puts lyrics that people of today can identify with. If you missed them, catch Iration this summer on the Count Me in Tour with Rebelution, The Green and Stick Figure  

Ziggy Marley

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Fresh off the heels of his new album ‘Fly Rasta’ who better to perform at Cali Roots than son of the Legendary Bob Marley. Ziggy took the stage right at dusk. With the sun setting and the stage lights coming up, the atmosphere was absolutely perfect, fit for reggae royalty. Ziggy performed his earth protest song from the ‘Fly Rasta’ album, “I don’t wanna live on Mars”. Ziggy’s word’s to mother earth reminded Cali Roots about our obligation to our planet. Ziggy’s set took us on a journey through his career and farther. We were reminded of his days as a Melody Maker with his tune “Tomorrow People” and “Look Who’s Dancing” which seemed to be aimed at his toddler son dancing side stage barely able to keep the giant ear protectors on. The crowd was ecstatic to see a young Marley accompany his father, just like Ziggy had for so many of Bob’s performances. Ziggy opened the show with his love anthem “Love is my Religion” and followed up with his own classics like “True to Myself” and “Wild and Free”. The vibe of Ziggy’s performance was relaxed and mellow, a perfect way to prepare for the energetic Rebelution act to follow. Ziggy truly reached all corners of the Cali Roots festival with his version of his father’s “One Love” for this tune I truly believe all in attendance were in unison and harmony. The experience of hearing thousands of people singing “One Love” along with Ziggy make this a moment in history.  - Tom Searcy

Rebelution

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Lead singer, Erik Rachmany’s face is so expresive while he sings, it really brings you in. Coupled with an energetic lighting show, everyone was feeling alright as Rebelution closed out day 2. Catch Rebelution on thier Count Me in Tour with Iration, The Green and Stick Figure

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