Despite the first two words in its name, the California Roots Music and Arts Festival isn’t just about California, nor is it just about roots and reggae music. The event, which the promoters say is “a calling,” was directly inspired by the legendary west coast festivals of the 1960s. Attempting to recapture that ecstatic vibe is the festival’s mission, and to do so they branch out far beyond California and loosely use the phrase “roots” to encompass an enormous range of genres and styles.
Lineup: Rebelution, NAS, Dirty Heads, Soja, Iration, Thievery Corporation, Jurassic 5, Stick Figure, Matisyahu, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, Common Kings, Alborosie, Anthony B, Protoje, Easy Star All-Stars, Rising Appalachia, John Brown’s Body, Unified Highway, Yellowman, Passafire, Ballyhoo!, Jesse Royal, Mellow Mood and more
Distance from Denver: 1,251 miles