What Not To Miss

With a lineup including the likes of Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure and Soja, there are many obvious must-see acts at Cali Roots. Here are a few of the other performers not to miss.

Friday

Who: Fiji

When: 11:30am

Where: The Bowl

Why: Without Fiji there would be no Pacific Island Sound.

Who: Citizen Cope

When: 3:45pm

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: Songs like “Justice” from his first album in 

six years.

Who: Steel Pulse

When: 4:45pm

Where: The Bowl

Why: Taking a stand with their first album since 2004.

Who: Atmosphere

When: 7pm

Where: The Bowl

Why: The Minnesota kick back rappers are in their 

finest form.

Saturday

Who: Joe Mersa Marley

When: Noon

Where: The Bowl

Why: Melodic riddims, lyrics that need to be heard and he’s a Marley.

Who: The Movement

When: 2:15pm

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: Josh Swain and Jordan Miller avoid the roots label.

Who: Pepper

When: 4:45pm

Where: The Bowl

Why: They love to perform and this sense of pleasure becomes palpable seeing them live.

Who: Protoje

When: 5:45pm

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: Reggae may have leapt boundaries, but Protoje brings it back to Jamaica.

Sunday

Who: Xiuhtezcatl

When: 11:30am

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: His songs are truth. And he digs environmental education.

Who: Collie Buddz

When: 3pm

Where: The Bowl

Why: He puts the integrity of his art before mass popularity.

Who: Alborosie

When: 6:05pm

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: Italian reggae with a fearless thrust and vintage soul.

Who: UB40

When: 8:15pm

Where: Cali Roots Stage

Why: Ali Campbell and Astro are back. That’s why.

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