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Exploring the 2014 One Love Roots Music Festival

On Aug. 29, 2014 the Sacramento One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival will begin its sixth year of bringing live music to the masses on the river setting at the Rio Ramaza Marina. The lineup brings the anticipated Reggae along with a variety of bands and musicians with traditional Reggae, Reggae-Rock, Hip-Hop, Ska, World, Salsa and even a bit of Funk. Three days of music, dancing, festival food, sharing with friends, meeting musicians, being introduced to some new sounds and faces will make it a magical event for all who choose to attend.

Army will perform at One Love
Susan Raines, HASO
One Love One Heart Roots Music

Guests are welcome to bring in low back chairs, blankets and tarps but no outside food or drink is allowed. There will be ample vendors with delicious food options including vegetarian cuisine, barbeque, traditional fair foods, beverages, beer and more. Tickets are available for one day or all three days. Most people who love Reggae and Roots music opt for the entire weekend and campground or return each day if they are local.

Children's play areas will be available and people from all backgrounds, cultures, races and ideals are anticipated to attend as in all five years prior. Many people come from out of town to populate the festival but Sacramento locals are getting into the groove and waking up to the opportunities in their own backyard. The main stage is well situated with tree shade for the performers and some attendees. Shade structures are also erected behind the dance floor at the front of the stage. The dance floor welcomes hula hoopers, dancers and people who really must get their groove to move. The scene is typically marked by African, Jamaican and Reggae embellished clothing articles with green, yellow and red being dominant colors. Merchandise vendors will add to the splendor with interesting crafts, gifts, jewelery, art, clothing and other wares.

This year many notable talents will be performing and these live performances are what make the festival a dynamic, memorable and rewarding experience for many each year. Following are some of the 2014 artists, among the many greats who will perform at the One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival, who have been highlighted in feature articles.

Appearing on Sun., Aug. 31 - "Army" Fritzmaurice Williams in "Army spreads One Love with Reggae" tells his story from childhood to dedicated performer who grew into his talent and spiritual depth as he chose to walk the Reggae path.

Appearing on Sat., Aug. 30 - King Hopeton in "King Hopeton to return to One Love" also tells a story of being inspired as a youth to eventually find himself touring the world as a keyboardist for Black Uhuru and other Reggae bands as well as his own works with recent CD's featuring his own songs and lead vocals.

Appearing on Fri., Aug 29. to help start the weekend is the band Woven Roots. "Woven Roots to perform at One Love Reggae Festival" describes their Humboldt County origins and their focus on "change to achieve environmentally sound methods for providing our basic human needs of food, energy, and shelter."

Also appearing on Friday is Dread Daze who provided quotes on their perspective of the meaning of "One Love" in an interview for their article. You can read about this band, their work and their One Love ideals at the Dread Daze speaks on One Love article.

Headlining on Sat., Aug. 30, along with Natural Black, is world renowned Reggae and Hip-Hop, World, Dancehall and Inspirational music star Pato Banton. His incredible life story as it began in the UK unfolds into a wonderful testament of a man driven to serve by bringing positive Reggae music to the world. Pato Banton revealed in heart is lengthy and appears in two parts but is well worth the read. The two-part feature article is dynamic and inspiring as is the man and his new wife Roots Dawtah.

IrieFuse will return again to delight their fans on Friday Aug. 29. They were featured in articles in prior years before they changed their name from Counter Culture. You can read more about the IrieFuse guys at the first short and simple 2012 piece "Counter Culture brings ideal variety to Sac Reggae" and the 2013 more personal interview-based piece "Counter Culture evolves back to IrieFuse."

Salsa will get people kicking up their heels on Sat., Aug. 30 with Conjunto Liberacion. More information about the band and their music can be found at Conjunto Liberacion to bring Salsa to One Love One Heart festival.

Ticket information and the full lineup of artists can be found at the One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival official website.

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