Dry Diggings 2023: Day One

Dry Diggings has carved out a reputation as one of California’s most infamous music festivals. Every year, hordes of music enthusiasts congregate for a weekend of sheer delight, braving the sweltering heat. In this edition, attendees were invited to a new locale, the Gold County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Auburn. Each day was filled […]

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 […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida steps into a new era

Reggae Rise Up Florida brings joy to fans returning to the gorgeous seaside Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida for its 6th year with some HOT new acts to ring in the new decade. For those of you who do not know, Reggae Rise Up Florida is the #1 stop for reggae rock festivals on […]

Groundation returns with a new album and band

Four years since their last studio release Groundation returns with an album that is truly groundbreaking in both its musical composition and social content. Taking the sound back to its foundation the group has been rebuilt by lead vocalist Harrison Stafford and features a dynamic set of musicians from both Jamaica and California. Stafford was […]

Harrison Stafford “California” official video

Harrison Stafford, best known for his role as lead singer for Groundation just dropped the third video release from the album One Dance. Harrison Stafford & The Professor Crew featuring legendary Jamaican musicians including Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace on drums and Flabba Holt on bass. The album was recorded at famed Harry J Studio in Kingston […]

Premiere: Lior Ben-Hur’s new single and video “Roads of Creation”

Born in Jerusalem, Israel and now calling San Francisco, California home, reggae artist Lior Ben-Hur along with his eight piece band have been working tirelessly towards their new debut full length album So I Wander. Today, Lior Ben-Hur is premiering the music video for their new single “Roads of Creation” exclusively for readers of Top […]

Rising Tide “Seven Times Rise” music video

Featuring core members of the internationally acclaimed group Groundation, Rising Tide is composed of Marcus Urani (keys/producer), Ryan Newman (bass), Kim Pommel (vocals), Sherida Sharpe (vocals), Faith Waltson (vocals) as well as virtuoso New York based jazz-guitarist Yotam Silberstein and Bay Area heavy hitting drummer Paul Spina of Motherbug and Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade. On […]

Tribute to the Reggae Legends 2015

It’s that time in February again, not only to have celebrated what would have been Robert Nestor Marley’s 70th Birthday, but to also honor reggae legends who have helped spread messages of love and hope. Although SOJA was an American reggae nominee for The 57th Annual Grammys Awards among top contenders, such as Ziggy Marley […]

Groundation ‘A Miracle’ review

It was approximately 16 years ago when Sonoma State University’s Jazz program attendees Harrison Stafford (lead vocals), Marcus Unani (keyboards), and Ryan Newman (bass) formed what is now known today as Groundation. The late ‘90’s lead up to be very significant years for these young and budding group of individuals. During his time at the […]

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 […]

California Roots 2014 gallery: Day three

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