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The Pier was in full effect at the 5th Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. Take a read through our recap with set-list & photos of Skunk Records Anniversary, SOJA, Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse as well as Nahko & Medicine For The People. Lets check out each live-set from the fest…

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Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Line Up: SOJA
Venue: California Roots Music Festival – The Bowl – Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey, CA

  • Out of nowhere, Trevor Young lit his guitar on fire and the crowd’s noise level had reached its peak. This act was done on the very same stage that the legendary Jimi Hendrix had done so at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival! The way I see it, the burning of the guitar could be interpreted as a tribute to the guitar legend or as SOJA putting their stamp as the biggest act in today’s reggae scene… READ MORE


  • Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014
    Line Up: Skunk Records 25th Anniversary
    Venue: California Roots Music Festival – Cali-Roots Stage – Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey, CA

  • Of the 18 song set-list, they performed just 4 Sublime covers, the most notable one being “Caress Me Down”. For that song, Miguel introduced Brad Nowell’s son, Jakob Nowell who came out and led the crowd with his Dad’s music. I have to admit, it was pretty emotional seeing Brad’s son out there, performing one of his Dads songs with some of his Dad’s best friends, in front of a sold-out festival. Jakob was tall, confident, wearing all black, throwing his fist up in the air, igniting the audience with an overdue celebration of his fathers music….READ MORE


  • Date: Friday, May 23rd 2014
    Line Up: Steel Pulse
    Venue: California Roots Music Festival – The Bowl – Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey, CA

  • It’s rare when a person witnesses a living legend on stage and almost 10,000 people were treated to nine of them when Steel Pulse showed up at The Bowl in the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Smiles, laughs and positive attitudes carried through the main stage arena and the photo pit transformed into a dance floor. Security guards realized they have no problems within such a friendly group and made the best of it by moving to the beat and…READ MORE


  • Date: Saturday, May 24th 2014
    Line Up: Ziggy Marley
    Venue: California Roots Music Festival – The Bowl – Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey, CA

  • Smiles and smoke clouds filled the venue as Ziggy performed a classic cover of his father’s “So Much Trouble” for everyone to enjoy. Ironically, during this track, I was witness to the first fight I had ever seen at California Roots Festival. Just as things began to escalate, an elderly man, wearing rasta-colored attire, jumped in between the disruption of peace as if he were an angel sent down from above to restore order at this beautiful festival we call Cali Roots….READ MORE


  • Date: Saturday, May 24th 2014
    Line Up: Nahko & Medicine For The People
    Venue: California Roots Music Festival – Cali-Roots Stage – Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey, CA

  • The band said, “Mahalo!” while grinning back at the incredible response for their seven-song set which lasted just over an hour. The band was walking off the stage, but the people were not finished with the band. Chants roared back to the stage when a promoter appeared on stage. After a friendly but semi-serious “BOO!” Nahko was welcomed back on stage for the first encore of this year’s Cali Roots Festival…READ MORE


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