Roots of Mine & SGV Vibes perform Chino’s I and I Brewing

On June 5th, Roots of Mine headlined a show at I and I Brewing in Chino, supported by SGV Vibes. SGV Vibes got things going, getting the crowd moving early. They were joined by John Landry from Roots of Mine on keys and even took a turn on the mic! Next up was Roots of […]

Cali Roots Fest reveals first ever Baja Sessions for 2021

Who’s ready for #BajaCaliRoots???! For those unaware, the reggae rock and hip hop festival familiarly known as Cali Roots is in its 11th year (nonconsecutive due to COVID) and unfortunately delayed till Memorial Weekend 2022 (again, COVID). Instead of gathering in Monterey, the Cali Roots team takes advantage of the vacation year by pivoting the […]

Tribal Seeds tears up Night Two at the Escondido Center for the Arts

Tribal Seeds brought a sense of much needed normality to the Center for the Arts in Escondido, California, with The Expanders and SM Familia in direct support for two whole nights! With a handful of shows across the country thus far in 2021, Tribal Seeds brought their highly-anticipated act to a California audience who danced […]

Bayfest set to return to San Diego’s waterfront July 2021

What do Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Fortunate Youth, The Aggrolites, KBong and DENM all have in common? Besides the fact they’re all from SoCal and make the music we love, if you guessed they’re all on the lineup for Bayfest San Diego 2021, you’d be correct! This one-day festival is returning July 10th to […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ras Fraser Jr. “Jealousy”

Rastafarian Ras Fraser Jr. returns in this comedic world video premiere of “Jealousy”, a song previously featured on the Sheng Slang Riddim album via Giddimani Records. The single asks why people carry such jealousy of others around in their hearts — “God knows!?” Greed and envy manifest in many ways, even at an everyday car […]

Tribal Seeds performs Felton Music Hall’s Roaring Camp

Back again at Roaring Camp, courtesy of Felton Music Hall  and California Roots Presents, was a SOLD OUT Night Two show with Tribal Seeds — and, this time with Santa Cruz locals Pacific Roots! It was another reggae filled night in the Santa Cruz mountains with nothing, but good vibes. As people danced in their […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Curt Ramm “Smugglers Cove”

Famed rock and roll horn player Curt Ramm emerges out of the COVID era with the lead single off his forthcoming Rogue Island album! Premiering exclusively today on Top Shelf Music, “Smugglers Cove” is one of four singles on the 11-track instrumental reggae soundscape dropping tomorrow on all digital outlets in anticipation of the full […]

Tunnel Vision, Sensi Trails & Los Nauticals at The Wayfarer Costa Mesa

On May 27th, Tunnel Vision headlined a show at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa, supported by Sensi Trails and Los Nauticals. The show a celebration of Tunnel Vision frontman Hayden Hanson’s birthday! As expected, a show with three high-energy bands like Los Nauticals, Sensi Trails and Tunnel Vision was absolutely amazing. They are all such fun […]

Roaring Camp welcomes The Expendables & Iya Terra

California Roots Presents kicked off a reggae-filled Memorial Day Weekend on Friday May 28th at Roaring Camp in Felton, CA. Formally the Felton Music Hall, the outside venue welcomed to the stage Matt Masih & The Messengers, Iya Terra and Santa Cruz local legends, The Expendables. Matt Masih & The Messengers got the show started, while guests […]

Meet Maka Roots: man of conscious roots & livity

Maka Roots has been an essential constituent inside the melting pot of great San Diego music, performing live for over three decades with the likes of Pato Banton and beyond. Maka Roots’ musical career has taken him from California to Hawaii and back, playing keyboard in many bands before his solo debut. Elevating and empowering […]

Kat Hall performs the sandy shores of Sealegs at the Beach

On May 23rd, rising Cali reggae queen Kat Hall headlined at Sealegs at the Beach in Huntington Beach, CA. They were supported by east coast band Drifting Roots, who were joined by local Tim Azzy on guitar. Sealegs is always a lot of fun… kinda like a big beach BBQ, with all your friends and some […]

Experiencing the first ¡Viva Iriezona! Fest

The weekend of ¡Viva Iriezona! was one of welcoming live music back from the dead. As we are about to embark on a summer full of festivals, we recap now on the festival that kicked off the return of live music. ¡Viva Iriezona! is an annual music and arts festival, held at beautiful Hidden Lake, Arizona.  […]

The Movement & The Expendables at Red Rocks

On May 14th, AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and KBCO hosted an epic sold-out show at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater, with just a quarter of its capacity (2,500 people) filling up the venue. With alternative reggae rock artists hailing from the east and west coasts, the lineup included headliners The Movement, The Expendables, DENM and very […]

Cali Roots finalizes lineup for May 2022

I don’t know about you, but the minute the world started shutting down due to COVID the second week of March 2020, the first thing I thought about was “there’s no way this will affect Cali Roots, it’s too far out”. Then, like the festival gods were listening and wanted to punish me, the announcement […]