As fans came to the Monterey Fairgrounds for the second day of the California Roots Festival, it had a day-one energy to it. Some were still recovering from the extra day the festival had been given the day prior, and some filtered in throughout the day as they got off of work for the weekend, but all were excited for what the second day had in store for them.
Day two of California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2019 was when it started to become increasingly undeniable that the festival was growing closer and closer to the level of popularity akin to a traditional mainstream festival, as opposed to its usual niche. Much of the festival’s merchandise sold out before the end of day one, a clear sign that this year’s festival grew faster than even optimistically expected.
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