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. […]

Stephen Marley brings Babylon by Bus Tour to Saratoga

On Thursday June 9th, Stephen Marley — son of the legendary Bob Marley — brought his Babylon by Bus Tour to Saratoga’s Mountain Winery. The tour had just kicked off at Cali Roots Festival and continues on, featuring different reggae acts depending on location. Tonight’s show featured Skip Marley, grandson of Bob Marley, as well […]

BeachLife Festival 2022: Day Two

One good night’s sleep later, Day Two of the BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach, California kicked off flawlessly. Festival-goers paraded through throngs of artwork of different mediums to the sounds of Magic! to start the day. Over on the Hightide Stage, Sugar Ray was preparing to take the crowd back to the late 90s, reminiscent […]

Dry Diggings drops second reveal for 2022

“One of my favorites, ever!” That’s what I tell anyone that asks me about Dry Diggings, an easygoing backyard vibe of a festival held in the tree-shaded grass of the aptly named Grass Valley Fairgrounds in Nevada County, CA. The lineup blends classic roots and culture with a healthy dose of west coast reggae and […]

California Roots 2022: Day One

Cali Roots 2022 came and went, and we are all the better for it. All the waiting, wishing, praying was worth it — just like we had faith it would be. Patience was a small price to pay for what we experienced Memorial Day Weekend and those hugs, smiles, laughs were the currency. Most of […]

An interview with Amy Sheehan of California Roots

Join us as Top Shelf Music journalist Allie Adams interviews Amy Sheehan, Operations Manager for California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2022. Amy has been a pivotal part of the festival’s growth towards becoming the FIRST green-certified festival in California. In this interview, Allie focuses on the festival’s green initiatives and why that is so […]

Cali Roots presents 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival

Summer is heating up in South Lake! California Roots has partnered with Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe to bring you a reggae lineup of straight fire to the famed venue on the water. Pan-reggae heavy-hitters Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, SOJA, Tribal Seeds and Common Kings join forces with hometown-and-beyond favorites Fortunate Youth, Artikal […]

Bobby Hustle drops “Fade Away” single, feat. Josh Heinrichs

Sometimes, things in life just kind of happen, whether you plan it that way or not. Certain ventures sort of fall into place how they were supposed to and go on to have a life of their own, regardless of your plans for them. One good example of this phenomenon is the new song “Fade […]

The Movement sells out yet another night in St. Petersburg

On Saturday April 30th, The Movement came back to St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live again for yet another sold-out show, alongside reggae rock’s finest, Pacific Dub and Seranation. It was sold-out long in advance and fans showed up early, trying to catch the bands before the show. Everyone was hyped for the night to begin and […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Pipe Down “Smile”, feat. Rilen’ Out

Reggae is relatable anywhere. Take it from island reggae band Pipe Down, strumming sweet and sultry reggae tunes on a snow-covered Lake Tahoe mountaintop wearing a Hawaiian T-shirt. It doesn’t get much cooler than that… well, except for the fact that the official video for the track is premiering exclusively today on Top Shelf Music! […]

Celebrating 4/20 at Florida Groves Fest 2022

It was a huge 420 party in Orlando on April 16th at Florida Groves Fest, with tons of amazing vendors, artist and bands coming together for an awesome event. If you are a cannabis activist, supporter, consumer or just interested to learn more about this amazing plant, this is an event you need to check […]

15 songs to countdown Cali Roots 2022

The countdown has officially begun! Who’s been listening to the Cali Roots playlist and getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey? I know I’ve been planning outfits, checking the lineup, looking at photos from years’ past, getting hyped about seeing everyone’s faces and doing it all while listening to the official California Roots playlist […]

Passafire & Bikini Trill at The Observatory, Santa Ana

Duddy B. (of Dirty Heads) once called Bikini Trill “The Scooby-Doo Gang of Musicians”. He further elaborated that they travel around in a van, only to emerge in the most colorful cloud of smoke. If you’ve ever seen Bikini Trill, you know how spot-on he is: their vibrance is evident, not only in color, but […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2022: Day Three

Last, but definitely not least, it was Day Three of Reggae Rise Up Florida 2022. Early arrivers were rewarded with the energy and great tunes of Tribe of I, Surfer Girl and Hawaii-native Anuhea. Tunnel Vision — the reggae-ska-punk group from southern California — helped keep the vibe going, performing three sets throughout the day: […]

Mihali comments on collaborative full-length to come

The phrase ‘catching lightning in a bottle’ is supposed to mean that whatever it was that happened was extremely rare. But, a curious characteristic about that electrified thunderbolt descending from the heavens is that you can create a set of circumstances that will make it likely to reoccur. You can arrange certain factors and set […]