Dirty Heads, Jurassic 5 join initial California Roots lineup
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Organizers for the California Roots Music and Arts Festival have revealed the first round of performers for the 2017 event. Blue-eyed reggae outfit Dirty Heads and hip-hop icons Jurassic 5 are among the big names headed to the eighth annual festival, held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey, Calif., May 26-28. The join the likes of Common Kings, Alborosie, Anthony B, Jesse Royal, Mellow Mood, Through the Roots, Tribal Theory, Humble Soul, Iya Terra and The Late Ones in what’s billed on their website as a “cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy.”

Three-day “Have a Little Faith” passes that predated the lineup announcement have already sold out, but early bird general admission and Redwood passes are on sale beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. PT. A second round of performers will be announced on Dec. 1. Last year’s festival featured a who’s-who of reggae, hip-hop and roots rock performers, including Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Pepper, Rebelution and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

“We are excited to announce our first round of the 2017 lineup,” said festival co-producer Dan Sheehan in a statement. “Artists like Jesse Royal and Mellow Mood from Italy are bringing a high energy fresh sound to our scene alongside Tribal Theory and Humble Soul representing stateside. The legendary hip-hop group Jurassic 5 will also be making their first appearance, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them to bring their uplifting vibe to our festival. With two more artists announcements to come, 2017 is shaping up to be a landmark year.”

As part of a partnership with the Redwood Forest Foundation, two redwoods will be planted for each of the 400 Redwood passes sold. The foundation purchases and manages redwood forests in Northwestern California to prevent the depletion of forest ecosystems in order to maintain the ecological and societal benefits that come with them. California Roots has made a commitment to becoming a zero-waste event, teaming up with The Offset Project to find compostable and recyclable solutions, and properly educate festival goers on trash disposal matters.

“The Cali Roots movement is about developing and sustaining our community and that involves protecting our environment,” Sheehan said in an August press release announcing the RFF partnership. “When we learned that Redwood forests in California help remove more carbon from the atmosphere more than any other forest, we wanted to do what we could to help generate that movement. Teaming up with the Redwood Forest Foundation seemed like the perfect match.”