Cali Roots Final Artist Announcement & Video is Here!

If you’re like me, then the last four weeks you’ve been playing a guessing game with yourself and your friends called “Who Else is Playing Cali Roots?” Many hypotheses swirled, and you were torn between wanting to see all your faves for the twelfth time, yet also wanting to see those new bands that you haven’t listened to yet, the ones your Facebook friend from that festival says are ~amazing~. I’m happy to report that it is a balanced mixture of both, with some legends thrown in because why not? Without further ado, here is the final artist announcement for California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2018 (and check the new video above):

  • Iration
  • Tribal Seeds
  • E40
  • Tash Sultana
  • Ozomatli
  • Xiuhtezcatl
  • Ocean Alley
  • Darenots

The Australian influence is heavy this year! Along with previously-announced Xavier Rudd, the producers are introducing singer-songwriter Tash Sultana and the psychedelic six-piece Ocean Alley and I’m telling you right now they are both going to surprise you. Their diverse music and fan base should bring a breath of fresh air to Monterey this year. Another artist we’ve never seen at Cali Roots is seventeen year old Boulder, CO native, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (pronounced Shu-tez-caht), and he echoes this years underlying theme of activism to a tee. The hip hop artist, indigenous climate activist, and public speaker is a strong voice for the environmental movement and youth alike and helps spread and inspire awareness about the earth through his music and lyrics.

Heavyweights E 40 and Ozomatli are also new on the bill, and with them they bring early 00’s nostalgia and that funk that is perfectly on-brand for Cali Roots. Tribal Seeds isn’t new, but they are definitely exciting and also definitely a band to watch. Lead guitarist Ryan Gonzo suffered a major stroke while on tour a few months back and is on the road to recovery while his band mates promote and execute the Roots Party EP and corresponding tour. No word whether he will be performing at Cali Roots (my fingers are crossed), but regardless we are all ready for more Tribal Seeds. As per usual.

That’s a wrap! We have the full lineup and new names to check out along with it and Bulldog even made us a lovely Spotify playlist to get familiar with all the new music. Cali Roots 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most diverse, eclectic mix of artists ever, with activism and social awareness at the forefront of it all.

Here’s the rest of the lineup in alphabetical order in case you forgot:

  • 311
  • Alpha Blondy
  • Anuhea
  • Atmosphere
  • Brother Ali
  • Chronixx
  • Dispatch
  • Fortunate Youth
  • The Green
  • The Hip Abduction
  • The Holdup
  • J Boog
  • Mike Love
  • The Movement
  • New Kingston
  • The Original Wailers
  • Raging Fyah
  • Rebelution
  • The Ries Brothers
  • Sammy J
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Steel Pulse
  • Stephen Marley
  • Trevor Hall
  • Tropidelic
  • Xavier Rudd