What do you get when you take a 6-year-old Monterey-based rock-reggae festival and relocate it to a Placerville campground halfway between South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento? Dry Diggings. A weekend of music, beer, and camping — taking place September 25 and 26 — that is located on the same piece of land that hosts The Hangtown Halloween Ball every October.
Dry Diggings is the brainchild of California Roots Presents Inc., the event planning company that puts on Monterey-based California Roots Music Festival. The company is spreading its festival wings and expanding north. These guys are known for bringing rock-reggae artists like the Dirty Heads and Collie Buddz. For its inaugural year in this region, the festival is bringing in those huge names in addition to others like Nahko and Medicine for the People, Zion I, and J Boog.
“The cool thing about these bands is they are all friends with each other,” said Dan Sheehan, California Roots Presents Inc. co-founder. “You can expect collaborations of artists getting onstage with each other.”
And the interaction doesn’t stop there. Sheehan explained that these artists are all accessible. In other words, they are not just showing up for their set and then leaving the fairgrounds. They will be walking around and interacting with guests and each other throughout the two days.
It’s about more than just the music. These days, it seems music festivals and beer go hand-in-hand, and Dry Diggings is no exception. The weekend will feature beer from local favorites like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Altamont Beer Works, and Firestone Walker. Apart from beer tents, there will be a free beer tasting — that’s right, free —for any festival guest of legal drinking age for two hours on Saturday afternoon. For the non-beer enthusiast, Saturday morning will also feature a mimosa bar.
When festival guests are not hanging at the beer tent or listening to music, they can win prizes by participating in beer pong and cornhole tournaments. Make sure to sign up for these ahead of time on the festival’s website as spots can fill up quickly.