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. After a successful day 1 on Friday, day 2 on Saturday seemed to have double the amount of people in attendance than the day prior. 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 3:15pm 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
With a cloud of smoke hovering above the crowd, Blaze N Glory headline act Slightly Stoopid took the stage to the biggest crowd of the two days. The band delivered a perfect combination of older and new material and had the crowd was dancing and waving their arms from start to finish. Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald swapped their instruments (guitar and bass – both can play bass and guitar as well as sing lead vocals) as they entertained the crowd. The horn section including a saxophone and trumpet demonstrate catchy horn “riffs” and add an additional soothing vibe to Slightly Stoopid’s sound.
San Diego based Ska rockers Pepper headlined the Glory stage and without a doubt drew the largest crowd of the day at this stage. This energetic trio put on an extremely energetic set that certainly got the crowd pumped up and ready to head to the Blaze stage to watch Slightly Stoopid close out the two day festival.
Reggae Rockers Rebelution played on the Blaze stage prior to headliners Slightly Stoopid. For the Santa Barbara based band this was virtually a hometown show being only a two hour drive east from their backyard. Vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany led the band through a 75 minute set of hits and fan favorites. Legendary Jamaican reggae artist Don Carlos made an appearance onstage to add vocals to the collaboration between he and Rebelution.
Hardcore Hip-hop duo Twiztid rocked the crowd with their horrorcore style of rap music (hip hop music based on horror-themed lyrical content and imagery). Both Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child with their white painted faces and odd colored contact lenses put on a highly energetic show that had the smaller Glory stage rocking throughout.
Ice-T’s heavy metal band Body Count took the stage and delivered almost an hour of brutal music that somewhat stood out from the rest of the bands on the bill for the day but the large crowd didn’t seem to mind as several mosh pits broke out as a result. The band played material from the self-titled debut album as well as the 2014 release Manslaughter. The last song was the controversial “Cop Killer” single – a song that is still relevant 20+ years after its release.
Hip Hop, reggae punk rockers Kottonmouth Kings had the crowd pumped and moving the entire time on stage. The stage full of marijuana plants (unknown if they were real or not) set the tone for the spirit of the band and what they stand for.
Blending roots reggae with traditional Hawaiian vibe, The Green played on the Blaze stage and had the entire crowd waving their hands from side to side the entire set. The band was obviously having as much fun onstage delivering their message of love and happiness as the crowd was singing along. Frontman Caleb Keolanui traded off vocals with Singer/Keyboardist Ikaika Antone as guitarists JP Kennedy and Zion Thompson traded off soulful leads and passion filled guitar solos. At one point Zian Thompson handed out spliffs that the band rolled for the crowd prior to the show.
The female fronted Hirie led by vocalist and guitarist Hirie played the Glory stage early in the day but drew a large crowd at 3:40pm in the afternoon. The band played a roots-reggae set filled with everything to make you wave your hands, dance and take a few puffs.
Chicago based Philosophic/Acid rockers Blue Dream kicked off the music on the Blaze stage at 3:15pm in the afternoon. Blue Dream put on one of the most impressive performances of the day as guitarist/vocalist Justin Sanetra is cut right out of a Jimi Hendrix mold as he displayed some amazing guitar skills (and he is even left handed). The remaining members of the band jammed on their instruments as well and their late 60’s psychedelic clothing added to the vibe of their music. This was Blue Dream’s first appearance in California.