Florida Groves Fest brings music, art, & freedom back to Orlando for 2024

Florida Groves Music Festival strives to be more than just the average festival, with their core pillars of music, art, and freedom. This event is an annual celebration of not only the diverse melodies featured on their stages, but also strive to foster “a vibrant tapestry of culture and creativity that leaves an indelible mark on our […]

Atmosphere slays with NOFUN! and Hebl in San Diego

Atmosphere, the iconic hip hop duo comprising Slug and Ant, took center stage at the  Observatory North Park in San Diego for their headlining tour, Tour De Friends, on November 16, 2023. The night promised a unique blend of musical prowess with the inclusion of music producer/DJ Hebl and the LA-based supergroup “NOFUN!”.   The eclectic supergroup, […]

Things got real Stoopid in Mountain View, CA this summer

Friday, July 14th, Slightly Stoopid brought their annual Summertime tour to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater. Along for the ride this summer were friends Sublime with Rome, Atmosphere, and The Movement. The California sun was blazing with temps of about 84 degrees, (which really felt more like it was in the mid-90s when you were in the […]

Cali Roots 2023: Day One

Entering the gates of the Monterey Fairgrounds for another Memorial Day Weekend at the California Roots Music & Arts Festival is always a cathartic experience. This year, however, the anticipation was soaring as it marked the 12th anniversary of the notorious annual event. What sets this year apart is not only the extension to a […]

A stellar night of Bumpin Uglies

I hit the photojournalistic jackpot! What started as a simple photo pass request to shoot the final west coast show on the Bumpin Uglies’ Mid-Atlantic Dub Tour resulted in an exclusive interview with frontman, Brandon Hardesty, access to the VIP meet and greet (including a B-Hard acoustic set), plus all access– meaning they allowed me […]

Cali Roots finalizes jaw dropping lineup for 2023

California Roots Music and Art Festival, the genre’s most anticipated, prolific, and environmentally-friendly reggae event of the year, has officially dropped the final three acts to complete their Memorial Day weekend roster. Recently announced 2023 Coachella guests Rebelution and Stick Figure join genre-bending icons Thievery Corporation, finalizing the bill for the all ages festival as […]

Atmosphere sells out the Fox Theater in Oakland

On October 15th, fans descended upon the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA to see Atmosphere, Plain Ole Bill, and Blimes and Gab play to a sold-out audience. For those of you who have never caught a show at the Fox Theater, you are missing out on a truly unique architectural and sound experience. The […]

California Roots 2023: a true bucket list event

Music festivals are a big undertaking. For many, months of planning and budgeting goes into the experience. At times, there is stress, setbacks and logistical nightmares before even getting to the gates. And I’m not talking about the music festival itself. People travel from far and wide to attend such events and the premiere music […]

Reggae Rise Up Vegas returns for Fall 2022

From the Reggae Rise Up camp comes the second of three yearly nationwide festival installments, this time at the downtown Las Vegas Events Center the second weekend in October. Last year’s Reggae Rise Up in St. Petersburg, FL hosted over 15,000 festival-goers, with numbers for the other two festivals expected to reach or surpass in […]

Reggae Rise Up Maryland 2022: Day Two

Some walked, some ran, others skipped, but no one missed Day Two of the first-ever Reggae Rise Up Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. For the second day in a row, festival-goers were lucky to experience 11 straight hours of feet-moving music. Gates swung open at noon with music starting an hour later, leaving ample time to […]

Rap meets reggae with Atmosphere & Iration in Irvine

On August 26th, the Sunshine & Summer Nights co-headlining tour with Iration and Atmosphere made its Irvine stop at FivePoint Amphitheatre. They were supported by two other American reggae and rap icons The Grouch and Passafire.   The night started out with Passafire getting things warmed up. They have always have a high-energy set that really makes […]

A chat with Cydeways at California Roots 2022

Top Shelf Music journalist Allie Adams interviews Cydeways at California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2022. The band talks about upcoming projects, tour and are even surprised by Atmosphere‘s own “Slug”! You never know who’s gonna walk into the Cali Roots media room! From the band’s website: “Cydeways [is] an alternative band out of Santa […]

California Roots 2022: Day Two

“I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do…” Even though Ice Cube’s set wasn’t until Sunday, the famous words resonated Friday at Cali Roots and the pep in our step and stars in our eyes confirmed that magic was in the air. […]

A chat with Atmosphere at Cali Roots Fest 2022

Who doesn’t love a good Atmosphere show? One half of the hip hop duo sits down with Top Shelf Music’s Alexia Johnson at California Roots Festival 2022, ahead of his big Bowl Stage performance. Tune in to hear what Slug thinks of the popular hip hop-meets-reggae Memorial Weekend event in Monterey, his summer plans to […]