Cali Roots 2022 | Fourth day | to sum up
As the sun rose over Monterey on the last day of the festival, we had all waited three years for a bittersweet feeling. The anticipation was more than satisfying as the artists we all know and love performed with the crowd of 10,000 singing every lyric of every song behind them. Day four was packed with reggae legends and royalty both new and old as the longest-running Cali Roots final day to date sent Monterey home in style.
Durand Jones and the clues brought the soul to the last day of the festival. Opening with a funky vibe, the band kicked off their show with “Love Will Work It Out.” Jones brought his Louisiana hospitality to the festival and from the start of filming he made it clear that everyone was welcome in his presence. One of the most human moments came during filming when an audience member collapsed during the show. Jones immediately stopped the show pleading “Can we get medical attention?” A worried look filled his face as he waited for the festival’s medical staff to deal with the situation and resumed once he was assured that everyone was safe. Ending his set on a high note, he closed the show with a new 2021 hit, “Witchoo.”
One of the most anticipated acts of the weekend, born in Hawaii, raised in California common kings brought the island vibe to the Bowl stage mid-afternoon. Bouncing to start their set with “Do My Thing,” frontman Junior King jumped onto the stage waving his hands and the audience mimicked his moves without hesitation. The ensemble presented a notable debut, the first live performance of their contribution to the “Cali Roots Riddim” album, “There I Go”. Which joins a multitude of tracks from the album to have the opportunity to finally be played on the Bowl or Cali Roots stages. Junior King took a moment to shout out the recent passing of Katastro’s Andy Chaves who, as he said, was “watching over us” before playing “24/7,” as many artists over the weekend complained. felt compelled to do so. The band finished with an electric rendition of one of their defining singles at the start of their project “No Other Love” as an ecstatic light show played behind them. Junior King announced the group before the group played a lively instrumental euphony to the audience, taking their extended arcs on their way out.
The theme of mixing old and new was a common talking point throughout the weekend among attendees and performers who spoke to the crowds, but Sublime with RomeThe long-awaited debut appearance at the festival was a literal embodiment of that message. In a set that paid homage to Sublime’s legacy, singer Rome Ramerez masterfully took the reins and opened the set with “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” and led straight into “Smoke Two Joints.” The band performed some of their original music, choosing to play a few of their songs written since Ramerez joined the band, including “Panic”, “Blackout” and “Light On”. Many original Sublime songs were still represented in the setlist, including “What I Got”, “Badfish”, and “Same in the End”. The group ended on a calmer note, ending their Cali Roots debut with “Santeria”.
The latest weekend hip hop artist and one of the most prolific legends in rap history, Ice Cube, took the scene as the sun began to set over the bay. Hardly an act all weekend hasn’t brought another performer on stage with them and this one was no exception. Accompanying Ice Cube on stage was fellow Los Angeles rapper WC who backed up the lyrics throughout the set. It seemed fitting that the opening word of his debut song was “California” as he opened with “That New Funkadelic” as smoke billowed from the audience. As if he wasn’t fully aware that he was back home in California, he periodically waved the West Side “W” with his hands throughout the set. He took a moment to explain how he felt out of place in the Cali Roots lineup and surprised fans when he returned to the stage stating “Ice Cube? Can he still rap?… But let me tell you something. I started this gangsta shit. Before interpreting “Check Yo Self” to appeal to fans of good weather who might still doubt that he still has his music in him. While most of the work came from his solo repertoire, he incorporated a bit of NWA into the mix performing “Gangsta Gangsta” and “Straight Outta Compton”. Ice Cube cemented an unforgettable set with recognition of their show and the day in general, ending their show with a song with a message everyone could relate to, “It was a good day.”
The festival’s latest show has bridged the gap between where reggae started and where it is now. his eminence himself Damian Marley caused a stir with an hour and a half of his own original music and a few select covers from his father, Bob. Marley started the set with his “Nail Pon Cross” piece dancing with such enthusiasm that he mistakenly hit himself in the face with one of his dreadlocks early in his set. His show relied entirely on his own original songs during the first half and beyond, defining his own identity through the music he created, however, in a moment of family unity, he covered his brother’s song. , Stephen Marley “The Mission” halfway. the show. His show only featured a few short songs originally performed by his father, including “War”, “Is This Love” and “Could You Be Loved” which the audience sang with passion. To end the set and the festival, Marley played arguably the most popular song ever written by a Marley not named Bob, “Welcome to Jamrock.” With that, Cali Roots came to an end. The festival organizer took the stage after the last song to address the audience, noticing the extended four-day festival banter “Next year we’re going to do eight days!” We can only hope there was some truth to that, but in the meantime hold on to the silver lining that we’ve only got to wait a third of the time for the next Cali Roots that we had to wait for this one.
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