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California Roots 2023 - Lineup Announcement

11/09/2022 by Press Release

California Roots 2023 - Lineup Announcement

California Roots, the premier Reggae, Roots and Hip-hop music festival in Northern California, announced their massive 2023 line up. Releasing nearly the entire line up in one heavy-hitting drop, the 12th Annual Cali Roots will once again return for four incredible days, May 25-28, 2023 to Monterey, CA.

The star-studded lineup features debut performances from legendary hip-hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan, rollicking ska-punk band The Interrupters and Mr. Boombastic himself, Shaggy as well as the return of mainstay favorites Dirty Heads, Hirie, Atmosphere, Cypress Hill, Iration, SOJA, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Dispatch and Sublime with Rome

In true Cali Roots style, the festival organizers have built an impressive line up with an eclectic blend of the best in live music with artists hailing from the four corners of the globe including Collie Buddz, Jesse Royal, Kes, Lila Iké, and Mykal Rose from the Caribbean and Gentleman, Alborosie, Dub Inc and The Skints from Europe to Hawaii’s Anuhea, Kolohe Kai and Maoli and New Zealand’s L.A.B. and Katchafire. The already massive line up will have two more headliners announced early next year.

Festival goers will be enthralled by the unique curated experiences that are guaranteed to stimulate all senses that can be heard, felt, seen and embodied throughout the festival. “Every year we sit down as a team, and brainstorm how we can continue to connect with the fans and create an original experience.” says Dan Sheehan, festival producer. “It’s not only in the overall big details like ground breaking performances and collaborations that fans have come to enjoy but it’s also the little details like partnering with local small businesses. I’m really excited to once again be bringing a special experience the fans will love.” In addition to mainstages, the festival offers local food and beverage vendors, captivating art installations, on-site greening initiatives, community focused nonprofits and intimate pop-up performances. 

Lineup Announcement:

THURSDAY *Thursday headliner still to be announced

  • Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Atmosphere
  • SOJA
  • Katchafire
  • Dub Inc
  • Mihali
  • Mykal Rose + Subatomic Sound System
  • Anuhea
  • Thrive


  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Sublime with Rome
  • Cypress Hill
  • Steel Pulse
  • Common Kings
  • The Interrupters
  • L.A.B.
  • Maoli
  • Jesse Royal
  • Lila Iké
  • Surfer Girl
  • Joe Samba
  • Kyle Smith
  • Soulwise

SATURDAY * Saturday headliner still to be announced

  • Shaggy
  • Collie Buddz and Friends
  • Hieroglyphics feat. Del the Funky Homosapien
  • Gentleman
  • Hirie
  • Ozomatli feat. Chali 2na and Cut Chemist
  • Alborosie 
  • BadFish
  • Kes
  • The Skints
  • The Hip Abduction
  • Little Stranger
  • Cydeways


  • Dirty Heads
  • Iration
  • Dispatch
  • Kolohe Kai
  • Matisyahu
  • The Movement
  • Natiruts
  • The Elovaters
  • Long Beach Dub Allstars
  • Denm
  • Thee Sacred Souls
  • Shwayze
  • KBong and Johnny Cosmic
  • Tunnel Vision
  • B Foundation
  • The Rudians

The 12th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates:  Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, May 28, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue:  Monterey County Fair and Event Center - 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission:  Varies - Purchase Link:
Travel Packages: 
Age restrictions:  All Ages Welcome, kids 10 & under free