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Future Islands remixed fellow First City Fest artist Phantogram
Black Out Days gets the full Future Islands treatment with velvety synths and and mellow snares, that just like their live shows make you want to dance. You don’t want to miss either of their sets at First City Festival this summer, easily the best event in the Central Coast.

Future Islands remixed fellow First City Fest artist Phantogram


Black Out Days gets the full Future Islands treatment with velvety synths and and mellow snares, that just like their live shows make you want to dance. You don’t want to miss either of their sets at First City Festival this summer, easily the best event in the Central Coast.

Cali-Roots Review

Name: California Roots Festival

Location: Monterey Fairgrounds

Dates:  May 23rd-25th 2014

Size: 35,000


Lineup: A collection of upcoming artist to legendary reggae rock bands.

Stages/Sound: Cali Roots opened up the main arena where legends: Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, The Clash, Peter Tosh, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Thelonious Monk and Simon and Garfunkel have all performed. Hoping for the same legendary feel, the Cali Roots loyal fans filled up “The Bowl” shoulder to shoulder, waiting for their favorite artist to perform. This year two of the stages had huge dual LED screens that covered the live atmosphere and performances, that were clear to see 100 yards out. The Bowl was also accommodated with two other stages for an all day experience. The Cali Roots stage (last years main stage) was shut down at sunset to cover the live performances on its own LED screens of the main acts at The Bowl. The Original stage had its upcoming bands and fans had the chance to vote for who they wanted to see for the last performance each night. The sound was the same as last year with the highs in stereo format, but they added the lows right in front of the stage for a more bassy club feel.

Greening: Just like last year Cali Roots pitches their event as a Zero-Waste event, but it didn’t seem like. Sure they had the recyclable bins every 10 yards and had vendors sell only compostable and recyclable food ware, but people treated the grounds like a house party and threw most waste where they felt like it.

Crowd: Most diverse event i’ve been to for this sold out festival. Since Cali Roots has gone international in its five year run, you felt an admiration for the diversity and culture Cali Roots brings. The all age festival was a trip to see because, whoever stood in the main crowd were bound to catch the contact high that was blazing through the winds.

Security: Cali Roots did a really good job this year with keeping the lines short and making sure you were in the the right place.


Food: The food was great as always. There were portable water fountains by the main walkways and plenty of Sierra Nevada stations, located in every corner in the fairgrounds.

Art: Every stage had two artist that would freestyle paint throughout the day. There were plenty of paintings being sold there as well. This year Cali Roots beefed up the fairgrounds with plants and trees to make it more of a tropical getaway.

Organization: All performances started within 5-10 minutes of the scheduled plan. Long lines for most popular foods and beer stations. Cali Roots stepped up their media coverage, with live streaming on youtube, live visuals on the LED screens, Press conference stations and a few booths to meet your favorite bands.

Camping: The camping continues to get better every year. This year they partnershipped with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca allowing the Cali Roots fans camp with Rv’s and pitched tents. They also provided shuttles from the Raceway and MPC’s (monterey’s community college) parking lot, to the festival.


Overall: California Roots Festival Music and Arts became the largest Reggae and Rock Festival of its kind for a reason. Always expanding with new artist to new visuals. With such a rich culture and diversity you feel right at home. This year I give it a 4 out of 5 stars because it the perfect Festival with a few too many people sneaking in.

Following last years amazing debut, First City Fest books Beck, and The National to headline and stacking the both days with top notch performers as well. Beck and The National just played the sold out Coachella, and to bring their high energy performance to the boutique festival in Monterey is going to be a real treat, having seen both of these acts on multiple occasions just them alone it’s not something to be missed. Phantogram is one hot act now, and this’ll be there second festival on the Central Coast this summer, Lightning in a Bottle is coming up this Memorial Day for them as well.
We’ve caught Unknown Mortal Orchestra down in SLO a couple years back, and since then the New Zealanders have transplanted Stateside and are on their A-Game. How to Dress Well, The Men, Cults, and Best Coast are sure shots as well. Sleepy Sun, one of the area’s best local bands is definitely not one to miss. We’re also recommending Speedy Ortiz, check out our coverage of their SXSW Showcase. For local readers, a small show worth mentioning is Doe Eyes at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, check out the tunes at one of our favorite venues if you’re like us and can’t wait for the festival!
So mark your calendars for the end of August, it’s going down on the 23rd and 24th!
Presales go live this Thursday: Tickets
The Line Up:
Beck The National Phantogram The Naked and Famous Best Coast Dawes Cults CocoRosie Lake Street Drive Tokyo Police Club Unknown Mortal Orchestra Midlake How to Dress Well San Fermin The Men Miniature Tigers Midi Matlida Sleepy Sun The Stepkids Quilt Mr Little Jeans The Lonely Wild Doe Eye Cool Ghouls Survival Guide Lo-Fan Speedy Ortiz Mimicking Birds The Family Crest Blind Pilot Doe Eye Survival Guide

Following last years amazing debut, First City Fest books Beck, and The National to headline and stacking the both days with top notch performers as well. Beck and The National just played the sold out Coachella, and to bring their high energy performance to the boutique festival in Monterey is going to be a real treat, having seen both of these acts on multiple occasions just them alone it’s not something to be missed.
Phantogram is one hot act now, and this’ll be there second festival on the Central Coast this summer, Lightning in a Bottle is coming up this Memorial Day for them as well.

We’ve caught Unknown Mortal Orchestra down in SLO a couple years back, and since then the New Zealanders have transplanted Stateside and are on their A-Game. How to Dress Well, The Men, Cults, and Best Coast are sure shots as well.
Sleepy Sun, one of the area’s best local bands is definitely not one to miss. We’re also recommending Speedy Ortiz, check out our coverage of their SXSW Showcase. For local readers, a small show worth mentioning is Doe Eyes at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, check out the tunes at one of our favorite venues if you’re like us and can’t wait for the festival!

So mark your calendars for the end of August, it’s going down on the 23rd and 24th!

Presales go live this Thursday: Tickets

The Line Up:

Beck
The National
Phantogram
The Naked and Famous
Best Coast
Dawes
Cults
CocoRosie
Lake Street Drive
Tokyo Police Club
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Midlake
How to Dress Well
San Fermin
The Men
Miniature Tigers
Midi Matlida
Sleepy Sun
The Stepkids
Quilt
Mr Little Jeans
The Lonely Wild
Doe Eye
Cool Ghouls
Survival Guide
Lo-Fan
Speedy Ortiz
Mimicking Birds
The Family Crest
Blind Pilot
Doe Eye
Survival Guide

Looking forward to this year’s #firstcityfest line up! Jamming out to Modest Mouse today. @firstcityfest #sonicambulance (at Monterey County Fairgrounds)

Returning to the Monterey Bay, Jake Bellows will play at the Pierce Ranch Vineyards tasting room right next to Cannery Row. Saturday night January 25th, just $8. I picked up his new record, New Ocean, after enjoying his set at the Crepe Place in October when he opened for Tim Kasher, another Saddle Creek labelmate. Here’s Two Weeks, one of my favorites of the the album, other tracks I really enjoyed are, Help, and Should You Ever Change Your Mind.

Gus Madsack Presents is the local promoter for the show, and actually stepping out of the behind the scenes and bringing the opening music for the night, with his new project Strange Ideas.

https://www.facebook.com/events/452158071573239/

#monterey #catedral #presidio #sancarlos (at San Carlos Cathedral)

marcelsmusicjournal:

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(Photos [except where noted], coverage and intro by Marcel)

It was as sunny as could be in Monterey, California. It was the perfect kind of weather. It was, festival weather.

For its first year, First City Festival was one of the most exciting events you’ll attend all year on the…

#updike to fill in the gaps of #madmen. 830 pages of quality stories #vsco #vscocam #americanliterature #monterey #beach #thisshitisfuckedup (at Casa Verde Beach)

Sadly last summer I missed Mariee Sioux twice when she played in the Monterey Bay, when she toured for her sophmore album Gift for the End.
This is my favorite track from her, which I hope she plays at the beautiful tasting room of Pierce Ranch Vineyards right by Cannery Row in Monterey. See you folksters there!!

buy your tickets now! only 60 were made available!


http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443287

#firstcityfest day 2!! #drdog #purityring #theantlers #devendrabanhart #toroymoi #lucero #modestmouse #fcfmonterey #goldenvoicesf @firstcityfest #redwoodstage #concert #photojournalism #monterey #831#vscocam #vsco #afterlight #canonrebel #frametastic (at Monterey County Fairgrounds)

#firstcityfest day 1! Beach House, Delta Spirit, MGMT, Passion Pit. @firstcityfest #monterey #goldenvoicesf #sonicambulance #831 #festival #concert #vsco (at Monterey County Fairgrounds)

devandra banhart - first city festival - monterey, ca

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modest mouse - first city festival - monterey, ca

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