California Roots 2018 First Round Artist Line-Up Announcements

Monterey, CA (October 4, 2017) – The 9th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 25-27, 2018.  The top tier national festival is the premier gathering for the progressive U.S. Reggae and roots music movement, bringing the scene together over Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Monterey, CA.

The 2017 edition of California Roots was another smashing success that included the presence of Quincy Jones, a record breaking live stream, and class leading green initiatives including the introduction of the “Redwood Pass,” which resulted in the planting of over 800 new Redwood trees. Other new greening partnerships included the festival’s work with The Last Plastic Straw who “strive to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans, with the ultimate goal to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic,” and local Monterey compostable company Passion Purveyors. Cali Roots’ strong greening work has lead Everfest to state, “California Roots Music and Arts Festival Is a Model for the Festival World.” More 2017 media praise came from Forbes Magazinefor the festival’s impressive streaming numbers during their partnership with LiveList and WeedMaps and Billboard Magazine gave high praise for last year’s impressive lineup.

2018 looks to be shaping up into another amazing year with today’s first round artist announcement. Limited Early Bird 3-day tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10am PST (Purchase Link:

Round One Artist Line-Up Announcement:

  • Slightly Stoopid
  • 311
  • J Boog
  • Steel Pulse
  • Chronixx
  • Alpha Blondy
  • Mike Love  
  • Hirie
  • The Holdup  
  • Sammy Johnson  
  • Raging Fyah
  • New Kingston  
  • The Ries Brothers

“Our first round of 2018 artists definitely is a statement on how far our scene has grown. Returning and established artists like Slightly Stoopid and 311 continue to release next level music, while building fans from generation to generation. Artists who we believed in early on are now receiving GRAMMY nominations including J Boog and Raging Fyah and international stars including Steel Pulse and Alpha Blondy will bring their global vibes to Cali Roots. We also have some returning fan favorites with Chronixx, Mike Love, Hirie, The Holdup, and New Kingston together with artists making their Cali Roots debut like Sammy Johnson and The Ries Brothers,” says festival Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “With more artist announcements to come, I can’t wait to share what we have in store for our fans in 2018.”
The 9th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 25, 2018 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies (Purchase Link:
Age restrictions: All Ages

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