Fresh Blood-Jurassic 5 Play California Roots 2017

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California Roots Music and Arts Festival organizers announced the first artist lineup for 2017 yesterday and I am as excited as I am surprised. Although the Monterey festival is largely known for its presence of reggae acts, the 2017 May gathering will offer up the fresh twist on new bands we’ve all been anxiously hoping for. This year’s unexpected act, Jurassic 5, along with newcomers like Iya Terra from Los Angeles and Mellow Mood from Italy, remind us why we love Cali Roots in the first place … it’s a platform for spreading music and friendship that cannot be matched anywhere else.

Veteran hip hip group Jurassic 5 formed in Los Angeles in ‘93 and continued to tour and release albums until they separated in ’07 due to musical differences. After a seven year hiatus, emcees Alki, Chali 2na, Soup and Marc 7even along with DJ’s Nu-Mark and Cut-Chemist reunited in 2013 to perform at Coachella, tour the world and drop the previously unreleased single “The Way We Do It”. Their music, vibe and fan base will be warmly welcomed in Monterey next year.

There are two more artist announcements to come, the next scheduled for December 1st. Early bird three-day passes and a limited number of “Redwood Passes” go on sale October 11 at 10:00 am PST and can be purchased here.



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