Watch California Roots "Can’t Stop The Music" online festival
Music Festivals and live concerts are at a standstill due to COVID-19. Events have been slowly canceled since the beginning of March. The annual California Music and Arts Festival (CaliRoots) has taken place in Monterey, CA every memorial day weekend for the last 10 years.
The festival has tentatively been moved to a later date in October of 2020. This year the three day weekend of live music, good vibes, and beautiful weather was experienced in a virtual setting. Cali Roots hosted a live-stream of concerts for their online experience “Can’t Stop The Music”.
Throughout the years CaliRoots has hosted artists like Rebelution, Soja, Damian Marley, Common Kings, Stick Figure, Hirie, Tash Santana, Atmosphere, and E-40. Their online Caliroots Stage had bands perform live like Kash’d Out, Kyle Smith, and The Expendables. They also played recap videos from their previous year’s performances like Fortunate Youth, The Green, and Slightly Stoopid.
Attendees of the online experience were able to check out the California Roots website where they’ve designed an interactive map. The map highlighted different vendors, artists, and non-profits. They also included a Wellness Zone that features videos of yoga, sound bath meditations, and other wellness activities.
Beyond music, CaliRoots has cultivated an experience that brings people together and celebrates unity. It was my first music festival experience so maybe I’m biased, but it’s my favorite. I attended it the year after and it’s a cool place to feel connected.
I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get to stop by the fairgrounds again this year. It’s hard to recreate the magic of meandering from stage to stage to see every artist possible. I’ll miss enjoying the Monterey sunshine and a nice breeze while sitting back on the bean bag chairs.
I love that even though we are struggling through this pandemic, California Roots is still trying to bring the community together. Music really does unite people and we need all the love and healing we can bring. I hope you enjoyed the virtual Cali Roots fest this past weekend.