Bayfest San Diego 2019

June 1st in San Diego brings with it the expectation of summer. With most reggae rock fans coming off a cool Cali Roots weekend in Monterey, the San Diego temperate weather was welcomed with open arms (and lots of sunscreen). Up first on the stage was locals Band of Gringos, with artist Jimmy Ovadia live-painting beside. Next up was HIRIE followed by Jamaican legend Don Carlos, a reggae heavyweight that not only performed his own set that day, but also resurfaced for Slightly Stoopid’s headlining set AND the official afterparty that took place at The Music Box up the street at night. Don Carlos gets the Bayfest SD MVP award.

… Bayfest San Diego was less of a festival and more like a much needed family reunion.

The day, sponsored by San Diego’s prime weed store Golden State Greens, continued with Fortunate Youth (celebrating their 10 year anniversary as a band, to the day) and Tribal Seeds, all with renowned SD-native deejays spinning in between, like DJ Green T, Unite and Carlos Culture. Last up was Slightly Stoopid, with special guests HIRIE, Scott Woodruff, KBong, Don Carlos and Jurassic 5’s Charli 2na. With Seedless Clothing, the Nowell Family and hundreds of OB-cians in the house, Bayfest San Diego was less of a festival and more like a much needed family reunion. Until next year!

Photography by Kristy Rose & Sean McCracken

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