Walking through the Monterey County Fairgrounds during the California Roots Music and Art Festival is an experience in color and costumes, with listeners decked out in everything from Bob Marley T-shirts adorned with weed leaves to full-body, plush animal costumes. 

Now in its 10th year, Cali Roots was packed despite the cool, wet weather. Audiences enjoyed the music of performance regulars like Atmosphere, The Green and The Expendables, as well as newer favorite acts, like Tash Sultana, whose screaming fans filled the arena to watch the Australian guitarist play for the second consecutive year in Monterey.

Sultana danced all over the stage with an electric guitar, screaming and dancing and tapping various electronic effects pedals, creating a solo symphony of beats and ethereal noise.

On Friday evening, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals strummed the smooth heartstrings for thousands of fans. Kim Kinney drove out from Fresno to see Harper play; it was her first time seeing him perform live after listening to and loving his music for years.

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