One root, many branches
Lay down your troubles and differences. Come together to celebrate life. This simple, timeless message is at the heart of the One Root Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to offer an amazing array of ethnic music, food and cultural experiences to the community at no cost. This year’s musical lineup includes Bay Area reggae band Native Elements, the Tex-Mex sounds of Canela, Afro-Cuban rhythms by Ebo Okokan, Sufi-inspired music by Shabaz, African hip-hop by Borrina Mapaka & Luzolo and the bluegrass of the Freight Train Riders of America. An equally diverse sampling of the world’s cuisine offers treats from gumbo to sushi to tostadas. Hands-on activities include lessons on the use of chopsticks (for eating, not wearing) and African talking drums.
Experience the world’s cultures while avoiding jet lag and tropical diseases from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The event is drug-, alcohol- and tobacco- free. The entertainment lineup varies each day. Check www.oneroot.org for a detailed schedule. Admission is free to all. The One Root Festival is rooted in Royer Park, located at 110 Park Drive in Roseville. Call (916) 772-2557 for more information.