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.

2016’s California Roots Music and Arts Festival announces another round of progressive roots artists join previously announced acts Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, Protoje, Katchafire, The Green, and more. Cali reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid return after a triumphant closing night set at last year’s festival, and introspective hip-hop duo Atmosphere also join. Grammy award winning roots reggae artist Stephen “Ragga” Marley, internationally-known Jamaican reggae star Tarrus Riley and Australia’s Sticky Fingers all make their debut at the Monterey, CA festival this year. In addition, the last round of artists announced include the return of Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Pepper, Barrington Levy, J Boog, Mike Love, The Wheeland Brothers, and Katastro. Making their debut at the festival are Jamaican rising stars Raging Fyah, U.K.’s Will and The People, Maui’s soulful Jordan T., Bay Area’s South Bay Dub All Stars and Santa Barbara up-and-comers The Ole’s.

The remainder of the line-up announcement, including returning fan favorite Stick Figure, is listed below.

General Admission and VIP tickets


Round One Artist Line-Up Announcement:
Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, The Expendables,The Green, Katchafire, Protoje, Gondwana, Fortunate Youth, The Skints, Nattali Rize, Hirie, Thrive and Eli Mac

Round Two Artist Line-Up Announcement:

Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Stick Figure, Tarrus Riley, Ooklah The Moc, Sticky Fingers, The Expanders, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Josh Heinrichs, Peni Dean, Seedless and  Tunnel Vision

Round Three Artist Line-Up Announcement:
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Pepper, Barrington Levy, J Boog, Mike Love, Raging Fyah, The Wheeland Brothers, Will and The People, Katastro, Jordan T, South Bay Dub All Stars and The Oles
Amp Live, Expanders Sound System, Dub Architect and Westafa

“We are extremely proud of the California Roots brand, and core returning artists like Slightly Stoopid that helped us grow our festival. We also know that our fans appreciate our innovative and diversified approach to our artist selections, as we received a great response from the hip-hop artists on the bill last year, like Cypress Hill and Dilated Peoples. Atmosphere is a phenomenal festival act that we are confident our attendees will love,” says Festival CoProducer Dan Sheehan. “We are honored to have Stephen “Ragga” Marley this year, who is a vital part of the great reggae tradition paved by his father. In addition, we are announcing 10 more artists on the line-up, ranging from legendary status to up and comers to fan favorites, with one more round of announcements still to come.”



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

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