Cali Roots 2019: Day One

It’s always a cathartic experience, gracing the Monterey Fairgrounds gates for yet another Memorial Day Weekend at California Roots Music & Arts Festival. Unlike any other year, expectations were peaking for the 10th Annual to get underway (the milestone dubbed ‘Cali Roots X’ for good measure). Also unlike any other is the feeling of togetherness, not […]

Sammy J sits down at Cali Roots 9

Sammy “J” Johnson sits down after his Day One performance on the main Bowl Stage at Cali Roots 9 in Monterey, California to chat with Top Shelf Reggae’s Kristy Rose. Coming off of his Sleepwalker tour, Sammy J chats about his latest Sleepwalker EP, his upbringing, getting back in the studio, his eternal love for […]

An interview with Dry Diggings founder Jeff Monser

This year’s Dry Diggings Festival is vastly approaching. Now, this is not the traditional music festival. According to their website, the Dry Diggings Fest is a weekend of craft beer, music and camping. The three-day experience takes place in a little town in Northern California called Placerville, formerly known as 'Dry Diggings' after the manner […]

Catching up with New Kingston at California Roots 2018

Brooklyn-based family band, New Kingston, sits down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose after they kicked off the Bowl Stage Day Three at the 9th Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, California. With their dad resting, the three brothers of New Kingston talk about their upcoming European summer tour, the vibes […]

A smoke break with Yaadcore at Cali Roots 2018

Protoje personal DJ Yaadcore takes a break from spinning the Bowl Stage at Cali Roots 9 in Monterey, California to chat with journalist Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae – all the while smoking a much earned spliff! Being the first to spin Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx on the airwaves, Yaadcore has quickly become one […]

The Hip Abduction chats at Cali Roots 2018

The Hip Abduction chats with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose after their Bowl Stage performance at Cali Roots 2018 in Monterey, California. With their fourth full-length album coming, The Hip Abduction members chat about their first California show, what’s next for the band, the meaning behind their band name, their ice cream addiction and […]

Cali Roots 2018: Day Two afterparty

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Kyle Smith sits down at Cali Roots 9

Kyle Smith and drummer Scotty B sit down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 at California Roots Festival 2018. Kyle Smith won the Pop-Up contest to be featured that weekend on the Weedmaps Stage, so the band talks their upcoming performance, what’s to come this summer and hypothetical collabs. Artist links: Facebook […]

Tropidelic talks at Cali Roots 2018

Ska-reggae sensation Tropidelic interviews with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 1 at California Roots Festival 2018. The band started the holiday weekend right by inaugurating the Cali Roots Stage that Friday morning. Fresh off the stage, the band chats about their performance, their latest music, their Freakstomp Festival in the fall and more. […]

The Ries Brothers interview at Cali Roots 9

The Ries Brothers take time out of their day to chat with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 1 at California Roots Festival 2018. The brothers touch on their two live performances over Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey, what’s to come touring this summer, their debut album, upcoming new music, being in school on […]

Raging Fyah talks at Cali Roots 9

Raging Fyah gives a taste of upcoming album Coming In Hot, their dance moves and more in this sit down with Top Shelf Reggae journalists Kristy Rose and Sandy Krietzberg after their set Day 3 at California Roots Festival 2018. Stay tuned for more interviews, articles and photos from Monterey’s California Roots Festival in the […]

For Peace Band chats at Cali Roots 2018

Guamanian reggae sensation For Peace Band sits down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 of California Roots Festival 2018. The band played two live performances that day and has big plans for their upcoming album Always Love, available this summer on all digital outlets. Follow the link below to get your copy […]

A talk with Trevor Hall at Cali Roots 2018

Journalist Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae sits down with Trevor Hall right after his California Roots Festival 2018 performance in Monterey, CA. With his new album The Fruitful Darkness now available on all digital outlets, 2018 is a big year for Trevor Hall, so watch as he tells you what’s next, what inspired the […]

Beebs drops “Life Is Too Short” single featuring Kaleo

If you haven't experienced the emanating essence of Beebs in person, you can get a taste of her enigmatic nature embedded in the eclectic music she produces. And, if you have been in her presence, you are well aware that she lights up any room. Ever since her Warped Tour days with her Money-Makers, Beebs […]

3rd Annual Dry Diggings Festival takes shape

From the festival founders of California Roots, Northern California's premiere reggae-rock-hip hop festival, comes Dry Diggings: a Labor Day fest in Placerville, CA to partner with Cali Roots' Memorial Day in Monterey. After two successful years in NorCal, the 3rd Annual Dry Diggings Festival (August 31st – September 2nd 2018) has finally taken shape with […]