Shoreline Jam 2014: the experience

It’s extremely rare for me to vacate my surroundings, rearrange my schedule and volunteer to work 24 straight hours within a two-day period, especially with travel involved over holiday weekends. Memorial Day weekend brings around such an occurrence every year with Monterey’s California Roots Festival; similarly, Labor Day weekend showcases the Shoreline Jam on the […]

Tribal Seeds “Representing” tour invades San Luis Obispo, CA

I heard my favorite song when I was a freshman in high school. Since then both my height and political views have changed drastically but my love for Tribal Seeds’ soulful single “Dawn of Time” has always stayed with me. That is why when I came across the band’s scheduled performance on September 3rd in […]

The Holdup performs at SLO Brew

On a serene and surprisingly sweaty Saturday night, The Holdup stole the stage at San Luis Obispo’s SLO Brew. But before the top billed band took the stage at nine o clock, opening acts Group Home and Young Science effectively warmed up the crowd with their high energy and original music. Group Home, a Cypress […]

Tribal Theory brings high energy wave

Even though illness can weigh one down, music always seems to uplift the mind, body, and spirit. That is exactly what happened to this reviewer at the Tribal Theory show at the House of Blues in Downtown, San Diego on August 22, 2014. Sure, the sun has been causing scorching hot weather in Southern California, […]

New EP from The Holdup now available

Since the formation of the current lineup in 2008, San Jose’s finest reggae infused band The Holdup, have monopolized the market for summertime hits. So the group’s latest EP, fittingly titled Have A Good Summer (which dropped on August 26th), comes just in time for the band’s loyal fan base to enjoy their last few […]

NorCal’s Unity Festival Sept. 12-14th

Summer isn’t over with the onset of September, especially not in the small town of Guerneville, California from the 12th through the 14th. Tucked away nicely on the Russian River above San Francisco and deep in wine country near the world-renowned Korbel Winery, is Guerneville Lodge – or the birthplace of reggae’s three-day Unity Festival. […]

Giant Panda upcoming release and new single “Steady”

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has exhibited a plethora of talent on their three full-length albums, either landing in the dub reggae or Americana genres. Founded in Rochester in 2004, Giant Panda has last peaked at #5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts two years ago with their most recent album “In These Times”. As their […]

Ballyhoo! Super Happy Fun Money tour review

On August 7, 2014, Ballyhoo! stopped by the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California for their Super Happy Fun Money Tour. On Point Promotions hosted the line-up which also included Bumpin’ Uglies from Maryland, and San Diego band Project out of Bounds. Top Shelf Reggae made it in time to check out the latter […]

Roots Musician Records Showcase Tour 2014

All three performances on the tour will be instrumentally backed by Beyond I Sight. Get ready for a big dose of acts coming out of the Roots Musician Records camp. On top of all the amazing grooves coming out of the San Diego based label, they managed to find time to put together a pretty […]

Collie Buddz 2014 Europe dates

The international reggae sensation will be packing up his bags yet again and hitting the road, only this time, the roads will be in Europe Festival season is in the air for Collie Buddz. Following his Summer Sizzle Tour which recently spanned much of the east coast, the international reggae sensation will be packing up […]

Slightly Stoopid’s Summer Sessions tour review

Slightly Stoopid's Summer Session Tour featured Stephen Marley, NOFX, Cypress Hill, and G. Love & Special Sauce. At the Sleeptrain Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California, instead of Cypress Hill and G. Love, fans got The Expanders from Los Angeles, California. Not that Top Shelf Reggae can complain since we are fond of this roots-inspired band. […]

Tribal Seeds announce “Representing” fall tour

The entire country now has a chance to catch Tribal Seeds before the end of the 2014 year Following the release of their fourth full-length album “Representing”, the Tribal Seeds boys out of sunny San Diego have hit the road hard to spread the good word. The group has recently been joined by New Kingston […]

77 Jefferson 2014 “Let Me Know” Tour

Starting in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, 77 Jefferson is set to take off on a nationwide tour to grace the U.S.A. with their reggae rock music which will include songs from their recently released EP, “Let Me Know.” Having played with renowned musicians, such as Stephen Marley, Luciano, SOJA, and Josh Heinrichs, 77 […]

Rise to the occasion for Colorado’s ARISE Music Festival

Loveland, Colorado’s beautiful 100-acre Sunrise Ranch is being transformed for a second year to become the three-day diverse music and awareness event known as the ARISE Music Festival. The event is set less than a month away on August 8th through the 10th, and although it is only in its second year, the festival is […]

Groundation “Coming Home” Summer Tour continues

Groundation is ending the latter part of summer in the United States within their “Coming Home” North America Summer Tour. The embarkation of the second round of the tour is inaugurated this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 17th and winds all the way through the east coast to wrap around midwest – ending […]