The crew at Guerilla Union can go to the Sunday offering of Rock The Bells with a sense of huge accomplishment. The San Bernardino show on Saturday raised the bar by making history, and thrilling hip-hop heads with a day of music. While there are plenty hip-hop tours on the road, with many of the acts that are on this line up, none of them turn up the heat quite like Rock The Bells.
The opening acts hit the stage as early as noon, but I personally didn’t make it to the National Orange Show Events Center until four. While I parked and prepared for the walk to the gate, I could hear the unmistakable voice of Immortal Technique booming though the speakers. While it was hard to hear the lyrics from the side parking lot, the vibe was tight and the crowd was just as lively.
I made my way through the lines and security check points where my guest had her brown scarf taken from her because of fear it would excite some gang tensions. This was just one of the many experiences we had to face during the day, as at times it felt like it was open season on anyone as far as security was concerned. Several people were kicked out for various reasons, and the security presence seemed stronger than normal. By the time I made it to the press area, Aesop Rock was on the stage and half way through his set.
The fire hoses were in full blast, giving the b-boys and girls some relief from the heat. While it wasn’t as bad as last year, the crowd needed the water jets, as the acts made the day even hotter. I walked the grounds a bit more, and found Supernatural in the VIP Room about to break the Guinness World Record for free styling. He would go on to break it later that night.