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Cali Roots Fest 2020 Features Reggae & Hip-Hop Royalty

Damien Jr. Gong Marley and Ice Cube were announced as two of the headliners for the 11th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. It takes place May 22-24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Tickets are available now at californiarootsfestival.com

The festival has made an annual tradition of announcing its lineup in three phases during the winter. The first phase was announced on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Joining Marley and Ice Cube will be reggae stars Chronixx, the legendary Jimmy Cliff, island reggae crooner J Boog, lowrider oldies revivalists Durand Jones and the Indications, So-Cal reggae warriors Hirie.

Other artists on the announcement include Trevor Hall, Tarrus Riley, Natiruts, Iya Terra, Mike Love, Dub Inc., Satsang, Bumpin Uglies and Vana Liya. 

Earlier this year, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, a “milestone” that event Co-Producer Dan Sheehan said helped end the festival’s first decade on a positive note. 

“The Cali Roots movement started here, but stretches across the country and worldwide,” said Sheehan. “As we continue to partner and grow nationally, we can feel the impact of our event and brand and how it continues to bring people together through this amazing community.”

Marcos Cabrera

Marcos Cabrera is a writer born and raised in Salinas, CA. He was a pop culture columnist for Media News Group and the USA Today Network. His work has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, the Village Voice, and Zocalo Public Square. He is a founding member of the Chicano hip-hop/teatro collective Baktun 12 and has competed in the National Poetry Slam competition.

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