Introducing the California Roots 2016 Blogger Team. Each of these incredible writers will be giving an in-depth look into the site and sounds of the festival. Capturing their experience at the festival for you to enjoy!


Jordan Couey: Jordan graduated from San Diego State University with a love for travel and writing. She has since explored 23 countries and is always planning her next trip!




Hey California Roots! My name is Jesus Gonzales, I am a photographer in the Bay Area, I have been photographing for 7 years now. I photograph a variety of subjects such as automotive photos and weddings, but my love and passion is music photography. My love and passion for Reggae music has led me to photograph local bands and artists all over the Bay Area. I can’t wait to photograph and experience the California Roots festival. Be sure to check out the blog posts throughout the festival to catch the moments I capture through my lens.

Hail up! I’m Kimmoy, a writer, traveler, and lover of life. I was born and raised in St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands where reggae and dancehall have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. As a kid, I would make up dance routines to popular Caribbean songs with my friends and not much has changed except that now, I’m usually having a solo dance party in my living room with YouTube tutorials. I was living in the Washington, DC area for 10 years and spent the last 10 months traveling around Europe, Asia, and South America. My travels and work have brought me to the South Bay area of California and I couldn’t be more excited to feel a sense of “welcome home” by attending the California Roots Festival for the first time. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and insights on the internet, so let’s connect! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Hello everyone, my name is Martin Salzmann and I have been a music fan as long as I can remember. I tried my hand at a few instruments but found my true passion behind the camera. I was raised on the Monterey Peninsula and enjoy the culture and history of this area very much.  I started Monterey Bay Photo Tours to share my adventures and experiences with locals and visitors alike.

IMG_2503Brendan Clemente is a writer and musician living in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego. He works for Hill Kid Clothing, writes and blogs for the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, and played the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in 2014 with his former band The StirCrazies