Humboldt Celebrates Harvest with Stellar Education and Music

This article originally appeared November 24, 2014 at


Satori Movement and More Love Productions definitely put the “high grade” in the 1st annual Humboldt High Grade Harvest Gala on Friday and Saturday. No cannabis award to be won here. Instead, organizers invested time and energy into creating an event with class.

This inaugural event was a two-day, “good ol’ fashioned smokeout,” as one of the organizers liked to call it, and even 4 inches of rain didn’t keep out the crowd. The High Grade Gala included world-renowned reggae and hip hop artists performing, bottle service in the extensive VIP Chalice Palace, and a lineup of panels and presentations on topics relevant to cultivators, entrepreneurs and patients.

The High Grade Gala crew hired me to put together the panels and I was happy to take on the project. You can see the whole lineup here. Friday was all about cultivators and Saturday was more industry and patient focused. From staying organic to learning about the science of soil and plant testing, there were a lot of great questions and the panelists really stepped up and shared their expertise openly.

Check out a few clips from one of the most popular panels called The Current Dispensary Landscape and What Patients Want From Providers.

The “Know Your Rights” presentation from Kali Grech and Herman Watson of Green Street Law Group definitely had a lot to share. The big takeaway? You don’t have rights if you don’t exercise them.

Kali shared tips on how to prevent warrantless searches and how to see through some common cop tactics. Herman highlighted a couple videos on the right and wrong ways to handle a police stop, stopping the video periodically to point out specifics and to answer questions. Increase your own knowledge and check out the videos yourself:

You can check out more videos from the panels and the killer entertainment lineup on the High Grade Gala Facebook page. Were you at the High Grade Gala? Share your story in the comments.


Hip Hop to Rule the Mateel Stage on Second Day of Harvest Gala Nov. 22

The music lineup for Day 2 of the 1st annual Humboldt High Grade Harvest Gala is all about hip-hop. With several hot acts flocking to this SoHum stage, it’s set to be quite a show. Check out some of the big names and samples of their music below!

The crew from Dilated Peoples -- Evidence, Rakaa (Iriscience) and DJ Babu -- will perform tracks from their latest album Director of Photography. An odd name for a music album, but much like a film’s director of photography, the careful selection of every component that will make up the piece is a point of pride for Dilated Peoples. 

One of the founders of the renowned Oakland-based group Hieroglyphics, Jonathan Owen aka Casual writes lyrics with impact, tackling current events, looking at ancient Egypt and discussing other pertinent topics. His catchy jams will hit the High Grade Harvest Gala stage on Saturday.

Another Hieroglyphics veteran will also be coming to the Mateel stage on Nov. 22. A-Plus has written for Hieroglyphics for over two decades but has a versatile set of skills that include business, art and producing. You can check out this interesting piece from the Pepper Spray album, a tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

One of our hip hop artists will be bringing his music from Los Angeles to Humboldt for the Harvest Gala. 2Mex is a member of The Visionaries of Mexican Descent and he’s collaborated with a whole host of underground rappers. 

Collective Elements has influences from the underground scenes in Hawaii, the North Coast and Arizona. They consider their music to be infotainment and strive to stimulate the free thinker in everyone. “No Bling!” 

Indubious is a three-piece act from Southern Oregon. They have adopted the unofficial motto of “Live Indubiously,” meaning living life without doubt and fear and a full respect for all things, good and bad. Their roots are in reggae but you can hardly say it stays in that category.


Check out the whole lineup of performers and speakers for the 1st annual Humboldt High Grade Harvest Gala! Get your tickets soon (especially if you want one of the limited VIP/215 tickets).

Engaging Cannabis Edutainment Goes Down Both Days of Harvest Gala Nov. 21-22

Just because it’s a good ol’ fashioned smokeout doesn’t mean it’s going to be a lazy day :) We’ve got killer panels and speakers lined up to cover a wide range of cannabis-related topics on both Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22. All the panels and speakers will be in the main hall at the Mateel and you can see the schedule breakdown here

Friday is All About Cultivator Education

From 4 p.m - 7:15 p.m. on the first day of the Harvest Gala, it’s all about the cultivators! 

To help growers stay organic, a panel of ganjiers on organic cultivation will tackle some common problems and take questions from the crowd at 4 p.m. Kym Kemp’s recent article in the Lost Coast Outpost inspired the topic, as her article explored how cultivators who want to stay organic cope when problems like PM or mites take hold.

Light deprivation is such a popular cultivation method in the Emerald Triangle that we’re very excited to have Eric Brandstad from Forever Flowering Greenhouses coming to speak at 4:50 p.m. He’ll share his knowledge of light dep methods, automatic light dep setups and how to properly setup a greenhouse. 

There are many ways to grow your garden but where do you get the soil? The panel at 5:40 p.m. will explore Soil Building vs. Buying and will have a variety of experts on soil, probiotics, and microorganisms.

We’re very excited for the biggest panel of the day at 6:30 p.m. called The Current Dispensary Landscape and What Purchasers Want From Patients. Dispensary purchasers from around California and cultivators who work with dispensaries will talk about market trends and how providers can best work with dispensaries. Local dispensaries like HPRC will take part as will purchasers from Harborside Health Center and those from other dispensaries. 

Saturday Edutainment Looks to Present and Future of Cannabis

The second day of the Harvest Gala has even more to offer throughout the day from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.. 

Do you know your 3rd and 4th amendment rights when you encounter the police? Kali Grech and the staff of Green Street Law Group in San Francisco will get you up to speed so you can better protect yourself. That presentation starts at 1 p.m. -- be sure not to miss it!

Cannabis tourism has exploded in states where recreational cannabis is allowed, and the Emerald Triangle could be poised to take advantage of this opportunity. From festivals like the Harvest Gala to tours through the countryside, there’s a lot to talk about but we’ll try to fit it all in an hour starting at 2 p.m.

If you’re involved in the cannabis industry now, you still need to track how much you made, spent and owe (not to mention paying taxes). Attorney E.D. Lerman and accountant Liana Held will get you up to speed on bookkeeping and accounting law related to your grow. That info will be presented at 3 p.m.

As the industry moves toward legitimization, inspection and testing are going to become key components. We’ve gathered soil experts from around the state to talk about when and why to get your plants tested and inspected. They’ll share their knowledge at 4 p.m.

To cap off the day, California Cannabis Voice Humboldt will hold a forum welcoming public input into the draft cannabis land-use ordinance currently being developed. The goal is to have an ordinance that approaches cannabis as agriculture. The two-hour panel starts at 5 p.m.

The panelists and speakers for both days are experts in their fields and the Harvest Gala is proud to have them as a part of the event. Don’t forget to get your tickets so you don’t miss this! 

Incredible Reggae & Hip Hop to Kick Off High Grade Gala Nov. 21

The 1st annual Humboldt High Grade Harvest Gala is launching it’s two-day event with a stellar lineup of reggae and hip hop artists. Alborosie and the Shengen Clan are definitely a Humboldt favorite and they’ll bring their reggae vibes to the Mateel on opening night. Internationally respected as a reggae artist, Alborosie’s energetic performance in the heart of the Emerald Triangle is one that shouldn’t be missed. 

Not familiar with Alborosie's style? Check out the video from Summerjam Festival 2013:

The hopeful lyrics and eclectic beats of Jah Sun will also grace the Mateel’s stage on Friday, November 21. Music was his “salvation” and his upbeat musical style always gets an audience moving. Bob Marley remains a strong influence on Jah Sun’s music and worldview, but he draws inspiration from many other styles to create a sound all his own. 

Get a taste of Jah Sun’s message and style in this video for “Never Give Up.” His positivity just overflows in this song -- It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits. 

We’re also excited to welcome Peetah Morgan, the distinctive vocalist from Morgan Heritage. In his solo career, Peetah performs in musical genres from reggae to R&B, but you can usually hear his strong reggae roots come through. Inspirational songwriter and activist Jah9 will also bring her own unique infusion of blues/poetry/reggae and captivating energy to the Gala.

Renowned reggae and hip-hop artists will bring their sounds together to help us celebrate the 2014 harvest. Bobby Hustle is definitely ready. This rising reggae star will share some of his worldwide hits like “Kush Morning” and “Weed Like Mine” on the Mateel stage.

Veterans of the reggae outfit Gumption Band known as iKronik will bring together their distinctive vocal styles to the Gala -- they craft their verses carefully to take advantage of their individual and combined lyrical strengths for an unbelievable chemistry. Original roots reggae band The Dubbadubs will be sharing their inspired style in their home turf in the Emerald Triangle. 

And that’s all just the music acts for the first night! Check out the whole Line Up for both days. 

Don’t miss this amazing line up of artists! Buy your tickets online or find them at a local outlet near you.

Satori's High Grade Gala to Bring Reggae, Hip Hop and Cannabis Education to Mateel

Redway, Calif. -- The 1st annual Humboldt High Grade Harvest Gala is bringing a packed reggae and hip-hop line up along with cannabis education and celebration to the Mateel Community Center on November 21 and 22.

The High Grade Gala will be a premier gathering to celebrate the harvest season with two days of edutainment bringing top tier music, world renowned speakers, vendors and great vibes to the community. Big names in reggae and hip hop are set to perform, including Alborosie, Dilated Peoples, Peetah Morgan, Casual, A Plus, Jah 9, Jah Sun, Bobby Hustle, and Ikronik. Satori Movement is producing the event and considers the guiding concept behind the gala to be: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

The High Grade Gala is intended to be a celebration of the plant and the community, Craig of Satori Movement said. Beyond creating a top tier cannabis event, what sets the High Grade Gala apart is its omission of a cannabis competition.

“We wanted to go away from the cup format,” Craig said. “I like to think of this as a good ol’ fashioned smokeout.” No sales of cannabis products on site.

The 1st annual High Grade Harvest Gala will be on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at the Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane in Redway. Doors open at noon and music starts at 6 p.m. All ages welcome.

Tickets are $55 for a 1-day pass or $100 for a 2-day pass. Upgrade any ticket to VIP for $115 to gain access to the 215 Chalice Palace (with valid 215 recommendation, 21+) -- 1,600 sq ft of class, bottle service and hor d’ouerves where you can meet the artists performing at the event. There is a limited quantity of VIP tickets. Tickets are available online or at Wildberries in Arcata, The Works in Eureka, SHC in Garberville, Park-N-Takit in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, and Trinity Gardens in Willow Creek.


What: 1st annual High Grade Harvest Gala

When: Friday and Saturday, November 21-22

Where: Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane, Redway, CA

Who: Presented by Satori Movement and More Love Productions

More information available at and on the official High Grade Gala Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.


About the Producers

Satori Movement

Satori has been the paving the way in hemp fashions since 1998.  Rooted in skateboarding culture, the Satori Movement is a collective of creative, progressive thinking, organically driven individuals that continually strive to find new ways to reduce our environmental impact and improve our quality of life, one sustainable garment at a time. The Movement shares awareness, positivity, culture and great products promoting a natural, organic lifestyle

Satori remains committed to using sustainable fibers such as hemp, bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester whenever possible. We realize that not all environmental and ethical change within the clothing world is possible immediately, but together we are working towards a better more sustainable product with each season, everyday~ 1Love, 1Earth, 1Chance!~

More Love Productions

Humboldt reggae artist Jah Sun founded More Love Productions. Jah Sun is a distinguished reggae artist whose message of hope has captivated audiences worldwide. Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of musical styles, Jah Sun aspires to awaken in his audience the desire to meet the challenges of life and to live to their ultimate potential. Through his production company, Jah Sun produces large concerts and other music-focused events.