The world's largest reggae-rock festival is growing so big that its arms are stretching out towards Coachella and Bonnaroo territory.
Not that the humble Monterey County Fairgrounds could ever accommodate close to a fifth of the attendance that those two fests draw, but with the last of the line-up additions to the 6th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival announced, it's becoming just as versatile as the behemoths.
This evolution was foreshadowed way back when the first round of acts were announced, which included Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, G. Love and Special Sauce and Dilated Peoples.
The last two of the bunch surprised me, just because they're neither reggae or reggae-rock acts.
Then came a whirlwind of the unexpected, beginning with the classic punk-metal crossover outfit Fishbone.
Dirty Heads, Michael Franti and Spearhead and Steel Pulse followed, along with The Roots. Yes, the smartest hip-hop outfit in the game! Philly's phinest, who just performed the same stage in Monterey last September at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Cali Roots usual suspects SOJA, Iration and Soul Majestic were among the big names included in today's final round of line-up announcements. The genre-outsiders: hip-hop's biggest potheads Cypress Hill, jam band fave the John Butler Trio and finger-picking prodigy Ethan Tucker.