1st Annual Desert Oasis Recap

The sun was shining bright and the temperature was hot for the 1st Annual Desert Oasis Music Festival in Indio, California on October 7 and 8. The lineup revolved around reggae and rock, with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley headlining on Saturday and Rebelution headlining Sunday. The festival started each day at 2PM. The first band […]

33rd Annual Reggae on the River takes shape

The 33rd Annual Reggae on the River Festival (ROTR) has announced its proper reggae lineup, including Sly & Robbie, Marcia Griffiths, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Lutan Fyah & The Riddim Rebels, Dezarie, Nattali Rize and many more for a sweet four-day weekend of incredible reggae music. Reggae on the River is renowned for […]

Ozomatli’s ‘Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica’ album review

In their latest release, the Latin band, Ozomatli, has compiled some classic Latin songs, and with help from Sly & Robbie, has transformed these songs into some hip, reggae-infused music. In their album, Nonstop: Mexico to Jamaica, the band has gotten together with some of the most influential artists in the reggae and Latin music […]

Dubbest in the Right Direction Tour

Dubbest, a reggae rock band originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but who now calls San Diego, California their home is set to start their Right Direction Tour. Starting in San Antonio, Texas on May 2, the band will be traveling along the Gulf of Mexico toward the East Coast. The band will hit Nebraska before heading […]

The Wash House Ting Tour with J Boog

On January 12, 2017, J Boog set out on his Wash House Ting Tour to promote his latest album, Wash House Ting. The album was released last November. J Boog will stop  at various locations in parts of the U.S. for his Wash House Ting Tour with Jo Mersa Marley and Jemere Morgan. It was […]

‘Everlasting’ music with Raging Fyah

In May, Raging Fyah released their album, Everlasting thus continuing their undeniable roots vibration. Perhaps the men of Raging Fyah do not pay much attention to how roots their music sound, or how they continue to honor rootsman tradition. One thing is distinguishable, however, and that is that listeners can indulge in pure reggae music […]

Roots of Creation ‘Livin Free’ album review

To some of us here at Top Shelf Reggae, there is something sweet and unique when it comes to the mixing of reggae and rock music. Not only does the infamous skank of reggae seem to overtake our listening ears, but the rock music appears to pump the adrenaline in our body! Well, that is […]

All-star lineup at the second annual Thunder Vibes

The 2nd annual Thunder Vibes is an incredible, outdoor live music festival held at the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort just 30 miles north-east of Sacramento in a little town named Lincoln, California . Starting From 1pm on Saturday, August 20, 2016 nine live bands will grace the venue throughout the course of the day […]

Morgan Heritage US summer tour

The 2016 GRAMMY Award winning band, Morgan Heritage has announced their summer tour in the U.S. Hailed as one of the hardest working bands to promote their roots music in the global music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae is non-stop when it comes to spreading their global sound. They have recently performed in parts […]

E.N Young’s ‘Call On Me’ album review

E.N Young is an artist among the reggae-rock scene who seems to cherish both the American lifestyle, and the honor of Rastafarian reggae music. With his dreads hanging low, and often times freely on stage with his full-time band, Tribal Seeds, E.N Young is obviously a musician before anything else. His chosen genre is reggae […]

Raging Fyah performs at The Observatory

Raging Fyah from Kingston, Jamaica was in San Diego, California on March 10th, performing with Fortunate Youth and Stick Figure. Raging Fyah joined these bands for Stick Figure’s Set In Stone Tour, happening now and spreading across the entire nation. The six-piece band provided the U.S. with some roots reggae music. They played most of […]

Getting to know Omari Banks

Omari Banks is a reggae artist from the Caribbean – specifically, the island of Anguilla. Known more for his athletic career as a professional cricket player, Omari is also the son of renowned artist, Bankie Banks. According to the bio page of his website, he first performed onstage with his father in Milan, Italy at […]

The art of Struggle from Roots of Creation

Roots of Creation (RoC) is a band based out of New Hampshire. With founding members, Brett Wilson, Tal Pearson (keys), and Mike Chadinha (drums), and newest members, Nick Minicucci (bass), Billy Kottage (of Reel Big Fish) and Andrew Riordan, the band has become a staple among the reggae-rock nation. Playing at such festivals as Wakarusa […]

The world of Katastro

Katastro is a band from Tempe, Arizona. As self-described, they play rock, blues, funk, and hip hop music. All of these genres seem to blend well enough for the reggae-rock scene to embrace them as family. In fact, they joined Pepper, once again, to open up a nice all-ages show at the House of Blues […]

Catching up with Sun Dried Vibes

Sun Dried Vibes is a three piece reggae-rock band from South Carolina. They recently journeyed across the U.S. and made their way to California, where they played with such bands as Badfish, Tatanka, Jon Wayne and The Pain, and HIRIE. After also having an intense tour last year on their way to the California Roots […]