SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Score one for the organics.
A reggae band from Sacramento won first place Monday in a Facebook contest to perform at South Lake Tahoe's Dec. 29-31 SnowGlobe festival, which will feature mostly techno bands.
Arden Park Roots will perform a 30- to 45-minute set at the second annual festival at Lake Tahoe Community College. The quartet has three full-length albums, including 2011's "Pipe Dreams," which debuted at No. 2 on iTunes' reggae chart.
Two acts from Reno - Boggan and Well Groomed - won second and third place, respectively, and both also will play full sets at the festival.
Boggan reportedly had a big lead early in the competition but Arden Park Roots came on strong to win it.
"Our fans kicked into serious action, said Tyler Campbell, the band's lead singer and remaining original member. "We just tried to be annoying as we could to our friends and fans. It was our first (social media) contact in a few months. We only notify them when it's important. We are grateful and touched by the response from everybody."
Arden Park Roots formed five years ago. It plays a California-style reggae. In its early stages it had more of a punk-rock sound.
"I would not be so blunt to call ourselves Tahoe locals, but it is very much in our back yard," Campbell said.
The band has performed almost 20 times in the Pastime Club in Truckee and played the Phish after-party in July 2011 at Hard Rock Cafe in Stateline. Its short-term goal is to purchase a van. A fourth album could be released in early 2013.
SnowGlobe will feature a Silent Disco tent where concert-goers will wear headphones. Three DJs were selected in the Facebook contest Monday to play in the Silent Disco: Dreda Dre's DJ Irieyes from South Lake Tahoe, Zeb Early from North Shore and Berkeley's Sam F.
The festival's headliners are Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa and Cromeo.