Back for more, California Roots 2019 attendees filed once again into the Monterey Fairgrounds early Saturday morning for yoga, coffee and, naturally, the rocking reggae sounds of Roots of a Rebellion kicking off the Cali Roots Stage on Day Two. Jo Mersa Marley followed shortly after on the Bowl, while Casey Sullivan (of Burritos the Band) serenaded passersby of the Nowell Family Foundation booth. Australian alt band Ocean Alley was up next before Iya Terra, gracing the Bowl for the first time, nailed their live performance in front of thousands.
Pop-ups continued throughout the day, including HIRIE, For Peace Band, Tunnel Vision and The Elovaters. Cali Roots has a knack of fitting extra entertainment between scheduled sets, far more than you can ever anticipate. You simply can’t escape the vibe.
Pepper didn’t steal the show; they stole it, flipped it, licked it, made freaky love to it, cooked it dinner then left a note on the way out in the morning.
The Movement, The Expendables and G. Love took over the midday stages, before Pepper blew everyone away. Hardly festival newcomers, the Pepper boys know the Cali Roots drill. However, unlike any other year, (nay, any performance), Pepper was ON FIRE. Hilarious anecdotes, catering specifically to Cali Roots X, were sprinkled in between all the song lyrics. Hell, some songs were changed almost entirely for the CRX occasion. Energy, enthusiasm and balls-out charisma emanated from the trio before Stick Figure, in entirety, entered to duet the new single “Warning”. Pepper didn’t steal the show; they stole it, flipped it, licked it, made freaky love to it, cooked it dinner then left a note on the way out in the morning.
Protoje brought reggae revival into the mix as Tash Sultana’s playful antics entertained all into the evening. Dirty Heads propelled attendees to “Dance All Night” before veteran CR headliners Slightly Stoopid closed out Night Two. Stay tuned for Day Three coverage, coming soon!