Stick Figure yearns for “Paradise” in new single

Now that the waves of summer have drifted over us, reggae legend Stick Figure (nee Scott Woodruff) has returned once again with new music that is sure to have your vibes feeling right, pushing off and setting sail in the direction of your “Paradise”. This new single has ‘beach jam’ written all over it… That […]

Josh Heinrichs & Dread Kennedy at Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa

On June 13th, Josh Heinrichs headlined a sold out show at Costa Mesa’s Tiki Bar in Orange County. He was supported by Dread Kennedy and both artists were backed by Eureka Sound. I was really excited for this one, after serious FOMO watching videos of the Heinrichs DiPiazza’s sold out shows the two previous nights.   Even […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 15

Top Shelf Music News returns for summer, with hosts Kristy Rose and PJ Sweeney, subbing in for Matt Cook who had a bad case of gout. With the mask mandate officially lifted and vaccine juice pulsing through everyone’s veins, it’s time to get back out into the world of music! How excited are we? Just […]

Sealegs at the Beach welcomes Mic Dangerously & The B Foundation

On June 6th, Sealegs was invaded by Mic Dangerously & The Royal We and The B Foudation. Either of these bands solo would have made for a great show, but put them together and you end up with a whole lot of awesomeness! Mic Dangerously was the headliner, but went first. Seeing Mic is always awesome, […]

Tribal Seeds at Escondido’s Concerts on the Green: Night One

Tribal Seeds returned to their hometown for a special two-day performance, with special guests and fellow southern California reggae bands The Expanders and SM Familia on May 28th, 2021. Concerts On The Green hosted the event at the San Diego’s Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA. The interesting setup was perfect during this beautiful […]

Project 432 says all successes “Take Time” in new single

Denver-based American reggae band Project 432 resurfaces for the second time this year with “Take Time” — a song about diligence and drive. For, nothing comes to those who wait and Project 432 is well aware of the overwhelming amount of work required just to make a decent living within the industry of music. Doesn’t […]

Roots of Mine & SGV Vibes perform Chino’s I and I Brewing

On June 5th, Roots of Mine headlined a show at I and I Brewing in Chino, supported by SGV Vibes. SGV Vibes got things going, getting the crowd moving early. They were joined by John Landry from Roots of Mine on keys and even took a turn on the mic! Next up was Roots of […]

Cali Roots Fest reveals first ever Baja Sessions for 2021

Who’s ready for #BajaCaliRoots???! For those unaware, the reggae rock and hip hop festival familiarly known as Cali Roots is in its 11th year (nonconsecutive due to COVID) and unfortunately delayed till Memorial Weekend 2022 (again, COVID). Instead of gathering in Monterey, the Cali Roots team takes advantage of the vacation year by pivoting the […]

Tribal Seeds tears up Night Two at the Escondido Center for the Arts

Tribal Seeds brought a sense of much needed normality to the Center for the Arts in Escondido, California, with The Expanders and SM Familia in direct support for two whole nights! With a handful of shows across the country thus far in 2021, Tribal Seeds brought their highly-anticipated act to a California audience who danced […]

Bayfest set to return to San Diego’s waterfront July 2021

What do Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Fortunate Youth, The Aggrolites, KBong and DENM all have in common? Besides the fact they’re all from SoCal and make the music we love, if you guessed they’re all on the lineup for Bayfest San Diego 2021, you’d be correct! This one-day festival is returning July 10th to […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ras Fraser Jr. “Jealousy”

Rastafarian Ras Fraser Jr. returns in this comedic world video premiere of “Jealousy”, a song previously featured on the Sheng Slang Riddim album via Giddimani Records. The single asks why people carry such jealousy of others around in their hearts — “God knows!?” Greed and envy manifest in many ways, even at an everyday car […]

Tribal Seeds performs Felton Music Hall’s Roaring Camp

Back again at Roaring Camp, courtesy of Felton Music Hall  and California Roots Presents, was a SOLD OUT Night Two show with Tribal Seeds — and, this time with Santa Cruz locals Pacific Roots! It was another reggae filled night in the Santa Cruz mountains with nothing, but good vibes. As people danced in their […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Curt Ramm “Smugglers Cove”

Famed rock and roll horn player Curt Ramm emerges out of the COVID era with the lead single off his forthcoming Rogue Island album! Premiering exclusively today on Top Shelf Music, “Smugglers Cove” is one of four singles on the 11-track instrumental reggae soundscape dropping tomorrow on all digital outlets in anticipation of the full […]

Tunnel Vision, Sensi Trails & Los Nauticals at The Wayfarer Costa Mesa

On May 27th, Tunnel Vision headlined a show at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa, supported by Sensi Trails and Los Nauticals. The show a celebration of Tunnel Vision frontman Hayden Hanson’s birthday! As expected, a show with three high-energy bands like Los Nauticals, Sensi Trails and Tunnel Vision was absolutely amazing. They are all such fun […]

Roaring Camp welcomes The Expendables & Iya Terra

California Roots Presents kicked off a reggae-filled Memorial Day Weekend on Friday May 28th at Roaring Camp in Felton, CA. Formally the Felton Music Hall, the outside venue welcomed to the stage Matt Masih & The Messengers, Iya Terra and Santa Cruz local legends, The Expendables. Matt Masih & The Messengers got the show started, while guests […]