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or "Cali Roots," would become one of the top three music festivals in Monterey County, much less becoming one of the biggest reggae rock festivals in the country. The combination of some of the top reggae rock acts in the world (yes, the world) with the sprawling, tree-lined Monterey County Fair and Event Center and a laid-back, one-love, irie vibe draws thousands of fans from all over the country and has put the festival on the map along with Coachella, Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. This year's lineup features fan favorites such as Iration, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, 311, Ozomatli, Steel Pulse and Stephen Marley and much more. But don't wait to buy tix, this baby sells out well in advance. Ziggy Marley Rebellion Rises 2018 Tour Sunday, June 10, 7:30pm Sunset Center, Carmel T he name "Marley," still carries a lot of weight in the music world. The children of legendary Bob Marley have been doing an exceptional job in carrying out his legacy. In fact, you almost need a scorecard to keep track of all the Marleys currently performing and touring the world. The one who seems to have gained the greatest notice is Ziggy Marley, he of the seven Grammy Awards, Emmy Award and 16 award-winning albums. He's recorded children's albums and is a philanthropist who founded Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE), which works to help children (especial- ly in Jamaica and Ethiopia) and is an official sup- porter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organiza- tion that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States. Bob's legacy is in sure hands. This is a rare opportunity to see this exceptional artist in an intimate venue. Dark Star Orchestra Sunday, June 24, 7pm Sunset Center, Carmel E ven with surviving members of the Grateful Dead still touring in various incarnations, Dark Star Orchestra, which itself has been chug- ging along for 20 years, offers devoted Deadheads an authentic Grateful Dead concert experience. By performing shows based on set lists from 30 years of Grateful Dead shows and crafting unique set lists for each of their own shows, Dark Star Orchestra honors both the band and its fans while carving out its own iden- tity. Its cred was cemented when DSO guitarist John Kadlecik joined original Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in their band Furthur in 2009. "We offer a sort of a historical perspec- tive of what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they've been to a hun- dred shows in the '90s, we offer something they never got to see live," says vocalist Rob Eaton. 17th Annual Monterey Beer Festival Saturday, July 7 Monterey County Fair & Event Center, Monterey W ell before the whole craft beer industry exploded on the scene, the Monterey Beer Festival was drawing thousands of suds fans to fairgrounds. Now in its 17th year, the festival has added another popular "Bud," as it were, the first educational display about cannabis pre- sented by one of its new sponsors, Big Sur Canna+Botanicals. While no marijuana will be allowed on-site, participants can quaff brews while learning more about cannabis. Add in music by DJ Fredo, The Spazmatics and Daze on the Green, a number of food booths, a VIP area with private bathrooms, cars from The Watsonville Buying Center and, of course, hundreds of differ- ent kinds of beers to try out. Proceeds benefit the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation. Sunday Blues in the Park, Sundays, July 8-Aug. 5, 1-4:30pm Laguna Grande Park, Seaside I t's been going on for more than three decades, which is a rarity in this day and age, but Sunday Blues, as fans like to call it, just keeps boogying away. It truly is one of the best and longest con- tinuously running music events in Monterey County. And it's free, to boot. Founder Dave Pacheco, now a member of the Seaside City Council, has been the force behind this concert series and he should get some kind of award for keeping it going for so long. Over five Sundays, he'll pair a regional headliner such as blues-rock- er Tommy Castro, with such local acts as Red Beans and Rice or Blues at 11. It's festival-style seating, so bring a blanket or low-backed chair and soak in the sounds of the blues. Call 831/899-6800 for more information. Ziggy Marley will be performing June 10 at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Photo: Greg Bojorquez C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 91 Sur, featuring Zack Arnett, will be per- forming at Folktale Winery on May 22. Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

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