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Emerald Cup expands its groove department

Sonoma County's annual Emerald Cup cannabis convention is expecting record crowds this year, thanks to the passing of Proposition 64. To accommodate the masses, the Cup announced its first official pre-party concert for Friday, Dec. 9, to go along with the already packed lineup of music happening during the event on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10–11.

Hosted by Emerald Cup headliner Damian Marley (pictured), the Friday-night concert will feature a performance by popular Bermuda reggae artist Collie Buddz, a DJ set by Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Kabaka Pyramid, and more. The show is sure to set a positive vibe for the weekend-long convention, which boasts a strong musical element complementing the weekend's informational panels, keynote talks, live art and cannabis competition.

Saturday's lineup includes California acts Thrive and Arden Park Roots, as well as up-and-coming Jamaican band Raging Fyah performing in the afternoon, before the California Honeydrops, Stick Figure and Damian Marley headline in the pavilion.

Sunday's lineup is no slouch either, with electro-funk duo Vokab Kompany, world-beat vocalist Nattali Rize, San Diego group Tribal Seeds and veteran multi-genre rockers Dirty Heads rounding out the weekend.

The Emerald Cup happens Dec. 9–11 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Friday's events start at 5pm ($35); Saturday and Sunday, at 11am ($70 and up). theemeraldcup.com.—Charlie Swanson

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