As May approaches quickly we at Reggae 360 will be looking forward to another amazing weekend on the West Coast. Of course we are never let down by the ability of California Roots to maintain a diverse lineup of artists. It’s the festival we’ve come to expect as the standard for music festivals. It’s our annual spot to pick up a slushy from locally owned and operated UCE Juice. It’s also where we can wander the grounds and find our favorite artist’s paintings on display. It’s where your favorite artists get to see their favorite artists. It’s where the west coast mist comes in as the sun goes down and where you can rock a hoodie and shorts. It’s our backyard. It’s Cali Roots X!
So here it is the final announcement. It’s definitely not Cali Roots without bringing Rebelution’s good vibes to close out the 10th annual festival on Sunday. We have no doubt there will be some surprises along the way. In addition Cali Roots is welcoming for the first time the legendary UB40 to share some “red red wine”. They welcome back Cypress Hill to add some “hits from the bong” as well. Let’s not forget another chance to see SOJA rock the stage. Artist of the year finalist The Elovaters will make their first appearance as well. Saturday night spotlights one of our favorites, “local” boys The Expendables from Santa Cruz, CA who will likely be sharing a “bowl for two”. Saturday night also allows us to revisit the amazing performance from Tash Sultana that most of us cannot forget from Cali Roots 9. Who remembers Protoje’s “California Love” mashup? We get a chance to get “Stoopid” as the evening ends on Saturday. Friday will bring some echoes of “life without music” as Steel Pulse returns. In addition Cali Roots will “let the drummer kick” as it welcomes festival first timer Citizen Cope of Ineffable Music. Let’s not forget Ineffable’s Stick Figure closing out Friday night to some “smokin love”.
All in all we continue to be in awe of Cali Roots ability to continue to provide a quality and diverse lineup. May cannot come soon enough. Please make sure to visit www.californiarootsfestival.com for a list of their full lineup and tickets. See you in May!
– Andrew Sandoval/Isela Sandoval
Reggae 360 Photographer/Writer
Video Recap shot by Joe Perez