California Roots Music Festival Announces 1st Round Artist Lineup

Article Contributed by Press Junkie PR | Published on Friday, October 9, 2015

The 7th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 27-29, 2016.  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 2015 edition of California Roots showcased their most diverse line-up to date including hip hop legends The Roots and Cypress Hill alongside the blues of G.Love and John Butler Trio, while still rooted with reggae heavyweights SOJA, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, and more.  2015 also brought strong green initiatives by utilizing Klean Kanteens to eliminate single-use beverage containers, by partnering with TripZero, a service that works to correct the carbon footprint created by travel to the festival, and through partnering with The Offset Project [TOP].  National media attention included The Huffington Post, MSN, High Times, and Pollstar, while locally The Monterey County Weekly stated, “The world's largest reggae-rock festival is growing so big that its arms are stretching out towards Coachella and Bonnaroo territory.”
2016’s California Roots Music and Arts Festival announces today another impressive line-up with its first round of artists.  Limited early bird 3-day tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10am PST (Purchase Link:  
Round One Artist Line-Up Announcement:

  • Rebelution
  • Tribal Seeds
  • The Expendables
  • The Green
  • Katchafire
  • Protoje

  • Gondwana
  • Fortunate Youth
  • The Skints
  • Nattali Rize

  • Hirie
  • Thrive
  • Eli Mac

We are pleased to announce our first round of the 2016 line-up.  The ‘roots’ music scene continues to grow exponentially and we wanted to feature some core artists that helped build our festival’s reputation including Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, and The Green while still showcasing up and coming artists paving the way like Protoje, The Skints, Thrive, and Eli Mac,” says festival Co-Producer Dan Sheehan.  He adds, “We take pride in supporting the artists that come up alongside our festival and love helping breaking bands to a wider audience.  As our stateside scene grows, we also want to highlight international acts.  Debuting an artist like Gondwana from Santiago, Chile, who has an amazing worldwide fanbase, reaffirms that the ‘California Roots’ vibe stretches far past the state’s border uniting kindred spirits worldwide.”
The 7th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 27, 2016 – Sunday May 29, 2016
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
Round Two Artist Announcement: Friday, November 13, 2015
Round Three Artist Announcement: Thursday, January 7, 2016