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Rootfire at the Park brings hurricane relief, music and family fun to Cocoa, FL

Beautiful Florida weather, fantastic music, giving back to your community and an atmosphere for everyone. Rootfire at the Park in Cocoa managed to pull off another flawless event this year with local and national music acts, delicious food from local vendors and activities for the whole family. Last year here at While on Tour I called Rootfire at the Park the best festival of my year and I seriously regretted not bringing my kids. I didn’t make that mistake this year. We were so excited to see so many familiar local bands on the lineup as well as some new up and comers. We were most excited about our favorite humanitarians Michael Franti & Spearhead headlining Saturday night’s festivities. Our day started off watching all the yogis get their zen on near the main stage which had me wishing I would have brought my mat.



Yoga not your thing? That’s ok….There was a soccer garden party too. Honestly, my two favorite things in the world are my kids and music so having both of those things together in such a fantastic atmosphere made for the perfect weekend.



We made our way over to Rockstar Row for some face painting, nail polish, temporary tattoos and hair color fun. They even had back stage passes for the kids. I may or may not have indulged in some face painting myself.

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 We spent so much time walking around and enjoying all of the activities that were there for families that I never felt like I was there to work. After Rockstar Row we headed over to try Kendall’s hand at tie dying.

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There was so much to do that before I knew it I had to start hustling back and forth between the two stages to make sure and catch some pretty stellar performances by some of our local Florida bands. One of the things I love most about Rootfire is their dedication to bringing awareness to local talent. Everything from musical acts to food and clothing vendors came from right here in our community. The Trees of Life, JAHMEN, CLoud 9 Vibes, The Ellameno Beat and Kash’d Out all from my home state and all of them brought their hearts and souls to the stage.

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As the sun started to set we made our way over to the main stage in anticipation of the national acts Tarrus Riley, Stephen Marley and Michael Franti & Spearhead. We are huge reggae fans in my house and we were super excited for some roots music brought to us from Jamaican artists such as Riley & Marley. They of course did not dissapoint, making sure to show da youth how it is done.





I go to a lot of shows. ALOT. For me there is no show better than a Michael Franti & Spearhead show. This band is such a perfect fit for the Rootfire in the Park festival because they are the epitome of giving. Giving their music, giving their message, giving their all to their fans and their community. I’ve said many, many times that I would follow this band around the world if I could and with every show I feel it more strongly than the last. As per usual, they did not dissapoint and Michael, true to form, even coming off of a recent knee surgery still made his way into the crowd to vibe out with all of his fans. Let’s not forget his encore with the kids and anyone close by of Imagine & One Love. Please, please, please go to a Franti show and see there is love still left in the world.








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In short my day at Rootfire in the Park in Cocoa, Florida was nothing short of fantastic, amazing, blissful and fun. Bringing the kids this year honestly put it over the top for me. Being able to share my passion for music with my kids elevates the entire experience. Rootfire gets that and does a spectacular job of bringing together so many elements to make this weekend of music an uplifting, family fun event. I hope to see you all next year.

For a full gallery of images from Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Rootfire in the Park please click here.

About the author
April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney- Photographer, music lover and overall gypsy soul. I found my passion for photography, music, writing, and travel. While on Tour was born out of a desire to combine all of these things and become the wandering soul I have always wanted to be. I love to travel to different festivals, meet new friends and vibe out wherever the music may take me.

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