Sacramento is known worldwide for its Old Town music festival once called the Jazz Jubilee. Today they have changed their focus to include a broad range of music genres and updated the name to reflect that change by calling it the Sacramento Music Festival. However, it still doesn't include Reggae on the billing. It might be a good idea to bring in at least one Reggae set or at least a Reggae influenced Rock band; but; if they don't, that's okay, Northern California is abundant with big Reggae festivals that can fulfill any Reggae lover's need for their kind of groove.
From Sacramento to Oroville, Humboldt County, Calaveras County and Guerneville there will be full weekend festivals taking place with dozens of performing artists from June through September. These festivals have a variety of Reggae and Reggae influenced music scheduled along with food, clothing, art and other vendors. The music will inspire, rock, and weave festival attendees with songs about unity, love, justice, social issues, earth's ecosystems and choosing positive paths. The variety of performing artists at each of these festivals will insure that the genre and its sister genres are fully represented and presented. You can check out some of the upcoming 2014 festivals featuring Reggae and other conscious music below. Now is a good time to start filling up the calendar for summer's best bets.
Reggae in the Hills - June
"Reggae in the Hills (RITH) is a three-day Festival experience located in the hills of Northern California. The RITH experience will immerse the participants in an abundant of reggae music, culture and vibe. Bringing headliners from around the world, with state of the art production and design. Performance art and dance are showcased throughout the festival."
"Set in the surreal and beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, this is a family friendly event for your eyes and ears. Come to the best mix of nature, positive vibes, and technology as they become one to provide the most unique and innovative festival experience to date."
2014 Artists: Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Junior Reid and the One Blood Family featuring Young Jr., Juju Blood, Wada Blood & Andrew Reid, Luciano, Natural Vibrations (Natty Vibes), Marlon Asher, Fortunate Youth, Cas Haley, Junior Toots, Mike Pinto, Mike Love, Arden Park Roots, Animo, Mystic Roots, Indubious, Jet West, Massive Delicious, Shrub, Braata, King Schascha, A La Lune, Kila Kali, Dub Gideon, Sol Seed, The Remedy, Freedom Fighta Sound, Mountain Lion Sound, Stay Positive Sound, Inner Standing Sound Sanctuary, Squarefield Massive, DJ Anaya, Shashamani, Hosted by J Ras and family...
Camping, "hotels and endless fun vacation style amenities are located throughout Angels Camp and Calaveras County."
- Outdoor and indoor stage
- Onsite Indoor after Parties,
- Tropical mist Chill Zone
- Free Parking
- Misting Zones
- Island Style and Festival Foods
- Unique Vendors and Hand Crafted Goods
- Fire Dancers and Drum Circles
- Huge Beautiful Camping areas, Skate Park w/ Half Pipe, Disc
For more information see the RITH website: www.reggaeinthehills.com
Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest - July
The Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest takes place in Oroville at 4360 Pacific Heights Road. The Jamfest was created by Ifa Journey and Stephen Marley who have known each other since childhood when their roots to the Reggae world where deeply seeded.
Ifa Journey and Stephen Marley "grew up together as Rasta youths in Jamaica so "collaborating to do a festival was a No Brainer for these two young men... They have a mission to do uniting the people together in Love and teaching them about Rastafari Culture and Livity. From the teachings of current and past elders. Both Ifa journey and Stephen Marley are sons of great men, Ras benji and Bob Marley."
The lineup for July 19-20 currently includes
- Ifa Journey, Stephen Marley
- Kymani Marley, Joe Mersa Marley, Daniel Marley
- Ras Michael, Pato Banton
- The Mystic Roots Band
- HR and the Bad Brains
- Iqulah, Blaize1 and the Pyrx
- Curtis Young, Abja, Tafari
- Twisted Strategies, Indubious
- Determine, Kulcha Knox
- Pressure, Sister Carol
- Jah Mikey One Sound, Zion Roots Sound,
- Jah Yzer Sound, Stay Positive Sound & others.
Reggae on the River - July/Aug
The 30th Annual Reggae On The River takes place at French’s Camp in Humboldt County, Garberville, CA on July 31 through Aug. 3, 2014.
They have an incredible lineup of Reggae and World music performers this year including Jimmy Cliff, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Gentleman & The Evolution, Iration, Israel Vibration, Gyptian, Third World, Michael Rose, Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang, Etana, Fishbone, Bitty McClean, SEE-I, Jah9, Mutabaruka, Megah Banton, Meta & The Cornerstones, Marlon Asher, GAUDI with Danny Ladwa, Courtney John Project, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Iba MaHr, Abya Yala, Zili Misik, John Trudell & Bad Dog, i-Kronik, Los Rakas, Indubious, Ishi Dube, Majic, Thicker Than Thieves, Paapa Wastik, Winstrong, Bobby Hustle, Jade Steel and Tchiya Amet and DJs as well.
The area has camping facilities, paid parking, and expanded grounds for greater ease of accommodating the anticipated numbers who look forward to the 30 year celebration.
One Love One Heart - August
The three day One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival in Sacramento "will provide attendants with a multicultural collection of world music, dance, and cuisine. The festival is intended to produce a family-friendly atmosphere oriented toward celebrating the diversity that defines our community."
This festival typically takes place over the Labor Day weekend and in its sixth year brings an exciting lineup including
- NATURAL BLACK
- EVERTON BLENDER
- WAILING SOULS
- PATO BANTON
- JUNIOR X
- DANNY I
- TUFF LION
- IRIE FUSE
- KING HOPETON
- GRACE TAHOLO
- WOVEN ROOTS
- TOP CALIBER DJs and MUCH MORE
One Love One Heart Reggae Festival will take place on Aug. 29-31 at the Rio Ramaza Marina on the Sacramento river. The site also offers camping with improved RV and tent camping facilities. Delicious food including vegetarian, BBQ, and a variety of cultural cuisines will be available as well as unique vendors.
Unity Festival - September
The Unity Festival takes place Sept. 12-14, 2014 on the Russian River at 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA. It is a "three day music festival focusing on energizing the human spirit, and unifying our sacred spirit, through music, dance, art, education and helping our youth and community. It will feature some amazing artists from around the world, and from a variety of genres. They all come with a positive message to inspire our growing community of people coming together uniting to promote conservation, stewardship and restoration of our planet. They focus on interaction with others and celebrate unity through diversity."
"This event will feature great live performances from various musical genres. There will be late night music and off-the-hook DJ’s celebrating the bounty of Sonoma County and Northern California. The Unity Festival will feature great food and crafts, featuring local, organic and sustainable products provided by local non-profits and artisans."
The official Unity Festival 2014 lineup has not yet been published as of this time. Last year featured a great number of incredible talents including Rootz Underground , Marlon Asher, Mishka, Natty Vibes, Irie Love, Arden Park Roots, Kimi, Strange, Rian Basilio & the Roosters, Jet West, The Steppas, Ease Up, Hi Roots,Sol Horizon, Clear Conscience, Black Nature Band, Irie Fuse, Kush Country, Black Salt Tone, Natural Heights, Da Mainland, Highest Intention, Dre Z & Roots Gwaan, Cali Conscious, Maka Roots & I Sight Band, Animo and Ambition Clique. Wow!
You can find out more and follow the progress of this festival now in its fourth year at their official website here.