Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival Day 1 @ San Manuel Festival Grounds – 05/15/2015
The first annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory music and lifestyle festival was held at the San Manuel Amphitheater festival grounds on Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16. The two-day festival featured a diverse lineup of artists featuring Iration, Slightly Stoopid, Method Man & Redman, Body Count featuring Ice-T and many more as well as an interactive vendor village, carnival rides, food trucks, Rockstar Energy Drink compound (with free energy drinks) and onsite camping.
The festival grounds had two stages side by side (larger Blaze Stage and the smaller Glory Stage) which had the bands rotating between each stage throughout the day. Day 1 drew thousands of fans on a cloudy, overcast California spring day that originally had rain in the forecast but the day remained dry and cool. The smell of marijuana filled the air throughout the day and smoke clouds were abundant in the massive crowds of people gathered in front of each stage to enjoy the mixed bag of reggae, rap and rock music.
Doors opened at 3:00pm with the music starting at 3:30pm until 11:00pm and the entire day was executed flawlessly which is no surprise as Blaze ‘N’ Glory is another creation of John Reese and SGE with publicity by Tanya Moore and Moore Media. Based on the success of Blaze ‘N’ Glory 2015 it’s only a matter of time before the 2016 Blaze ‘N’ Glory festival is announced.
For full Day 1 coverage including a photo gallery and show review click HERE
Santa Barbara’s Iration headlined night one of Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival and played 90 minutes of their ever so popular reggae infused rock/dub to a sea of fans throughout the festival grounds. Giant beach balls about 4 feet in diameter were released into the crowd and bounced around as all in attendance had their hands in the air waving back and forth.
After the third song vocalist/guitarist Micah Pueschel addressed the crowd and stated we are not here to talk – let’s keep the music going. The set included such hits as “Time Bomb” and “Falling” as the band jammed out song after song. A great way to end a fantastic day of “Feel Good” music.
Method Man & Redman
Rappers Method Man along with Redman put on an old school showing of many classic Wu-Tang Clan hits as well as songs from their past collaborations. The hip-hop duo had the crowd bouncing from start to finish as they blazed through almost 90 minutes of stage time. At the end of the set both Method Man and Redman hopped off the stage and into the rowdy crowd and did some body surfing before being passed back to the front then hopping back onstage.
Southern California natives Tribal Seeds headlined the smaller Glory stage and obviously drew the largest crowd of the day on this stage. Guitarist Ryan Gonzo played some killer reggae licks as keyboardist unleashed his calf length deadlocks as he ran around the stage playing his airboard.
American/Bermudian reggae artist Collie Buddz played the larger Blaze stage and had the late afternoon crowd dancing and bobbing for almost an hour as he walked the stage with his hooded sweatshirt with large cannabis leaves printed on it. Buddz had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he song all his hits which oddly enough focused on marijuana smoking.
Stick Figure started their set with their tour dog Cocoa walking out on stage and checking out the crowd. Cocoa even got a few dog treats from the members of the crowd. The band put on an entertaining set as vocalist/guitarist Scott Woodruff led the band through their style of American reggae. Collie Buddz joined the band on stage for a version of “Smoking Love”.
Radical Something kicked things into high gear as they delivered a high energy set as co-vocalists Alex Lagemann and Josh Hallbauer traded of lead vocals as they moved across the stage non-stop. Their reggae infused rock blends a bit of hip-hop which had the crowd bouncing the duration of the set.
Labeled as The Southern California’s Reggae Hip-Hop Rock Kingpins, Krooked Treez are fairly new to the scene having formed in 2012 but they sure know how to blaze up the stage. They provided the first performance of the day on the smaller Glory stage but succeeded in winning over all the fans in attendance who showed up early for their performance.
Ballyhoo! adds a bit of punk and angst to their reggae style as they played the Blaze stage at 4:00pm as the festival grounds starting to become crowded. Singer/guitarist Howi Spangler gave a dynamic performance for his 30 minutes on stage.