THE HISTORIC MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR & EVENT CENTER IS COMING MAY 27-29, 2016
HEADLINERS INCLUDE DAMIAN “JR GONG” MARLEY, STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY, REBELUTION, ATMOSPHERE, MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD, SLIGHTLY STOOPID & MORE!
Monterey, CA – The 7th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair & Event Center from May 27-29 2016. The top tier national festival has become the premier gathering for the progressive U.S. reggae and positive roots movement, bringing in over 40,000 fans to the bay area over the Memorial Day weekend.
Headlining 2016’s California Roots Music and Arts Festival will be Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Rebelution, Atmosphere, Michael Franti and Spearhead and Slightly Stoopid. For the first time, the event will feature some of the scenes hottest DJs, who will perform between sets. The DJs include Amp Live, Expanders Sound System, Dub Architect, and Westafa. Among the lineup comprising 39 artists, the festival will include notable Caribbean artists Protoje, Raging Fyah, Tarrus Riley and others. More highlights include esteemed Hawaiian artists The Green, J Boog and Pepper, and California-bred favorites The Expendables, Stick Figure and Tribal Seeds. For a peak into the magic of the 2015 event, which featured The Roots, 311 and Cypress Hill, view the new, official California Roots movie, which premiered via The Huffington Post: https://bit.ly/CRMovie
The Cali Roots experience embodies much more than positive roots and reggae musical celebration and discovery. The festival organizers are proud to pioneer innovative, industry leading greening and sustainability measures at the event that engage and educate every attendee that passes through the Monterey Fairgrounds gates. Programs include zero waste stations equipped with recycling and composting bins, refillable water bottles and refilling spots provided by non-profit REVERB, and a partnership with Monterey’s The Offset Project [TOP], which help enact and measure the effects of the sustainability measures.
This year’s event will feature the return of Hoppy Roots IPA, an exclusive IPA crafted by the festival producers along with the expert brewers of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Attendees can enjoy free morning yoga sessions, live painting and an immersive Art Retreat, and various acoustic pop up performances by Cali Roots artists.
“2016 is definitely our strongest California Roots lineup to date,” says Festival Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “We are proud to showcase a wealth of local and international talent year after year. We love bringing back past favorites like Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid, while also featuring top notch, unexpected artists like The Roots and Atmosphere that the fans also embrace. The ability to also feature respected Caribbean artists like Protoje and Tarrus Riley shows how far and wide our musical and artistic communities reach. We can’t wait for our Cali Roots family to join us at the Fairgrounds in a few short weeks.”
For more than a decade, U.S. reggae artists have been organically building a solid foundation from the Hawaiian Islands and coast to coast. This new generation of reggae artists continue to reach new heights of success through prolific music releases, relentless touring, and collaboration, and savvy social media tactics. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival was the first major event to take these likeminded artists and showcase them in a festival setting.
Friday, May 27th
Ooklah the Moc
Amp Live (DJ)
Saturday, May 28th
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
Will and the People
Expanders Sound System (DJ)
Dub Architect (DJ)
Sunday, May 29th
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds
South Bay All Stars
Amp Live (DJ)
The 7th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 27, 2016 – Sunday May 29, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies (Purchase Link: https://californiaroots16.eventbrite.com)
Age restrictions: All Ages
About California Roots
For more than a decade, U.S. Reggae artists have been organically building a solid foundation from the Hawaiian Islands to the west and east coasts. This new generation of Reggae artists continue to reach new heights of success through prolific music releases, relentless touring, collaboration, and social media savviness. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival was the first major event to take these like minded artists and showcase them in a festival setting.