From Body Count to Pepper, hip-hop and reggae rock on in San Bernardino for the 2015 Blaze and Glory Festival.
May 15 and 16 brought a mix of hip hop and reggae to San Bernardino with the first annual Blaze and Glory Festival. While cooler temperatures marked the day, they did not stop fans from flocking to San Bernardino for acts like Rebelution, Pepper, Body Count, Tribal Seeds, Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Slightly Stoopid, Iration, and Redman and Method Man. Merch booths and carnival rides punctuated the horizon of the show with sponsored booths and meet and greets happening throughout the day on Saturday.
Friday had the most classic of the hip-hop acts with Method Man and Redman taking it back to the 90s for steady fans and soon-to-be fans alike. They schooled the crowd on MC prowess versus rap status and put on an excellent variety of songs. Tribal Seeds seemed to have a sweet following on the glory stage representing reggae while Iration finished the night on the Blaze stage. The Blaze stage also offered DJ Mackle in between a couple of sets. This was an interesting departure from the usual music played while bands set up and transition.
Saturday had a larger turnout of fans and filled quickly after gates opened. Twiztid gave lucky fans an opportunity for meet and greet over at the Coldcock Herbal Whiskey booth, as well as members of Slightly Stoopid and Pepper. This low-key meet and greet style seems to be appreciated by the fans and went smoothly for everyone involved.
Rebelution played an excellent set with Khris Royal on sax. Twiztid had a wild assortment of fans following them and Pepper probably had the most devoted of people in their corner. Body Count kicked it up with their metal influence and Slightly Stoopid finished off the night leaving everyone feeling the groove of all that was Blaze and Glory.