The organizers for the Cali Roots Festival present a new two-day Northern California-based event for 2015, the Dry Diggings Festival. Situated in historic gold mining country in Placerville, California a locale which once held the name Dry Diggings in the El Dorado county region outside of Sacramento, the event billed as a music, camping and beer festival, has a variety of activities to close out the 2015 festival season.
Music groups are selected by event organizers California Roots Presents and reflect the unique nature of the West Coast reggae style music genre that has attracted capacity crowds at their sister Cali Roots festival event held in Monterey, California each May for the past 6 years. The lineup includes Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Nahko and Medicine for the People, JBoog, Don Carlos, Zion I, Through the Roots, Josh Heinrichs, Hirie, Makua Rothman, Seedless, Thrive, Inna Vision, Leilani Wolfgramm, Mystic Roots, Arise Roots, Skanks Roots Project, Brodi Nicholas with more artists to be announced in August.
The Dry Diggings festival will be held at the 6,000 capacity El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain range foothills. As to the motivation behind this inaugural event, California Roots Presents co-producer Dan Sheehan explains, “The idea of going to a new market to do a new show that included camping was the driving force for us, as we don’t have camping on site at Monterey. Doing a camping festival for both Jeff (Monser co-producer of Cali Roots Festival) and I was something that was desirable and to include all the bands that we love and include beer, it was a win-win. The foothills are a special place and Placerville is a really cool town with a strong history. The name of the event is a play on the gold rush history of the town.”
Attendees have the option of camping on site by purchasing the Full Festival Experience or Full Festival Experience VIP passes. These include a 2 day festival and camping pass. Festival attendees have the option to park and attend the festival without camping as well, and single day tickets will be on sale closer to the event in September.
The event will feature 30 different vendors and a beer garden. Four premier breweries; Sierra Nevada Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Altamont and Firestone Walker will all feature a wide variety of beers.
Ticket holders that choose to purchase the VIP Festival experience pass will have access to a VIP lounge with light snacks, side stage viewing, a VIP bar and select sponsor gifts.
Sponsors for the first annual Dry Diggings Festival include Trip Zero, an organization that initiates carbon offsets to minimize the environmental impact the festival goer makes by creating options that diminish emissions and replace high impact activities with more sustainable options in terms of accommodations, transportation and waste management.
The setting at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains will be enhanced with special lighting and art murals throughout to create a festive atmosphere. The Dry Diggings festival will prove to be the regional highlight of the 2015 summer festival season as it concludes. To purchase tickets visit the festival website www.drydiggingsfestival.com.