It’s finally that time of the year. The tenth anniversary of the biggest reggae festival in America, California Roots Music and Arts Festival is upon us, and Cali Roots X promises to be the biggest installment yet. What started a decade ago as an intimate, one-day get together in Monterey has evolved into a movement unlike anything else in the world.
One of Americas oldest music festivals marked its 43rd anniversary, steeped in the polite mannerisms associated with the regions southern charm and gracious manners, during the first weekend in May. The Beale Street Music Festival is ideally situated on the banks of the historic Mississippi River, in downtown Memphis. The event is one of the most economical and eclectic music festivals in the country. The five-stage festival offers up music from nearly every pop music genre.
On such a beautiful evening right across the river, the lineup was stacked and the anticipation was high. All three of these bands by themselves would have drawn a huge crowd, but you throw them all together and no one wanted to miss this one. They could all be included in the soundtrack of my adolescence, and even to this day. I grew up breaking rules to these guys, and never skip the chance to catch a show of theirs. The Expendables kicked off the night with their magical blend of reggae, ska, and su