California Roots Festival 2015 Runs This Weekend

California Roots Festival 2015 Runs This Weekend

The 6th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival will take place at the historic Monterey County Fairgrounds this weekend, May 22-24, 2015. The top tier national festival has become the premier gathering for the progressive US Reggae movement, bringing in over 40,000 fans to the bay area over the Memorial Day weekend.

The 2014 edition was a landmark year for the California Roots brand by breaking record attendance and expanding the festival into the legendary "Bowl Stage" to accommodate the growth. An economic impact report by research and consulting firm Beacon Economics calculated that the festival brings in an impressive $12.1 million to Monterey County's economy. National media outlets featured the event including The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, and Pollstar, while the San Francisco Chronicle and Large Up highlighted it in their summer festival picks.

2015's California Roots Music and Arts Festival announces today another stellar and diverse line-up with its first round of artists. Limited early bird 3-day tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (Purchase Link:

Round One Artist Line-Up Announcement:
Soundcloud Artist Playlist:

  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Tribal Seeds
  • G. Love
  • Dilated Peoples
  • Nahko and Medicine For The People
  • Trevor Hall
  • John Brown's Body
  • Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
  • Fortunate Youth
  • Mike Love
  • The Supervillains
  • E N Young
  • Jon Wayne and The Pain
  • Animo

"We are thrilled and humbled about the success of the California Roots brand, but we have just touched the surface on how we are going to grow and expand. One of our goals is to continue to innovate and bring fresh takes on the music festival experience. We take pride in presenting an eclectic mix of expected and unexpected artists to 2015's festival," says Festival CoProducer Dan Sheehan. Making their debut appearance in 2015 include G. Love, Dilated Peoples, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, John Brown's Body, Trevor Hall, and Mike Love. Dan adds, "Acts like underground hip hop heroes Dilated Peoples and hip hop bluesman G. Love highlight our dedication to being a diverse and genre crossing festival that can't be pigeonholed, while the art side of the festival is equally important with live painting and yoga enhancing the overall experience."

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, and collaboration. The budding American scene will make you sit up and take note with impressive album sales, sold out shows in top tier venues and savvy social media skills. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival was the first major event to take these likeminded artists and showcase them in a festival setting. The US scene is so impressive it has made Jamaican and Caribbean artists take note with more frequent collaborations in the studio and stages. 2014's headliners included Steel Pulse, Damian Marley, and Ziggy Marley, proving that the 'California Roots' stretch far past the state's border uniting kindred spirits worldwide.

The 6th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 - Sunday May 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 11 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fairgrounds
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies (Purchase Link:
Age restrictions: All Ages
Round Two Artist Announcement: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Round Three Artist Announcement: Friday, December 5, 2014

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