Experiencing the first annual Summer Roots Festival

Summer Roots Festival hosted a great lineup of some of California’s favorite reggae artists! Newcomers SGV Vibes, a punk/ska/reggae mix band from San Gabriel Valley, kicked off the show at noon with some upbeat, feel-good music to get the crowd warmed up! Then, Roots of Mine took the stage with surprise guest Dread Kennedy for […]

The full Summer Roots Festival experience

Kicking off the summer festivities right on June 26th, all-ages Summer Roots Fest hosted a feel-good party with a rundown of beloved reggae rock artists! The impressive lineup included Los Angeles-based reggae rock group SGV Vibes, Roots of Mine, surf-pop trio Bikini Trill, Hawaiian-based reggae queen Eli-Mac and direct support Arise Roots, Pacific Dub, The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer Roots Beer & Music Fest announced for Irvine

With shows finally coming back, there’s a new reggae festival to get your summer started and your spirits high! Introducing, the 1st Annual Summer Roots Beer and Music Festival, taking place on Saturday, June 26th at Oak Canyon Park (next to Irvine Lake in Orange County, CA) and featuring music from staple California reggae acts […]

Dry Diggings announces first-round artists for 2021

Alternative reggae rock fest Dry Diggings is officially set to return! After taking a forced hiatus from the scene due to COVID, it seems Dry Diggings is still kicking, with its first major round of artists announced for this upcoming August 27th and 28th. Now, don’t get thinking that the pandemic didn’t have an impact […]

Kenny Nishikawa comments on new lo-fi EP & playing reggae

2021 is already shaping up to be a renaissance of sorts within the music industry! With the New Year comes spotlights on new music releases. Today we are highlighting lo-fi artist Kenny Nishikawa of San Jose, California. You may have seen Kenny rocking the bass for Vana Liya or maybe you’ve seen him behind the […]

AZ Roots 2020: Day Two

Bright and sunny, Day Two Arizona Roots Fest 2020 started off with a bang as eccentric reggae rockers of 4th & Orange warmed up the main stage for another whole day of music. Artikal Sound System members, playing later in the evening, greeted festival returnees at front gates, twirling meet-and-greet signs wildly while ZeeCeeKeely kicked […]

The 2nd Annual AZ Roots experience

Walking into the gates of Chandler’s Rawhide Events Center is always enlivening. It’s country themed, like the rest of Arizona, but the quaint old-timey-themed photo ops of Rawhide make it more of an experience than most festival front gates offer. Like last year, Arizona Roots was returning for another two days of the finest reggae […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020: Day One

Eager fans basked in the glorious California sun as they began their One Love Cali Reggae experience. The festival kicked off its 5th Anniversary at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on Friday, February 7th. The amazing three-day festival, presented by Goldenvoice, kicked off Day One with three stages, hosting 26 must-see bands. […]

The full One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020 experience

The One Love Cali Reggae Fest vibe was strong this year, as thrilled festival-goers packed the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach to experience yet another three-day ear-gasm of their favorite roots, rock, reggae and punky ska bands presented by Goldenvoice. While the sun shone brightly for most of the weekend, in true One […]

Cali Roots 2020 completes lineup with final artist announcement

California Roots Music & Arts Festival continues to impress fans with each additional lineup drop. Through the years, Cali Roots has played it safe, with artists they knew would sell to the fans who have been dedicated supporters from the beginning. It would seem that the festival decided to take a new approach to the […]

Cali Roots 2020 announces round two artists

California Roots returns to Monterey County Fairgrounds for yet another incredible year of music and fun for 2020. The event in its 11th year continually impresses fans and 2020’s round two lineup announcement brings about a new sound, along with recurring favorites.  The first round of artists, announced on October 22nd, wowed fans as we […]