Experiencing the 1st Annual Boomshaka Festival

As numbing gusts of wind blew in every direction across the parking lot of San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena), Boomshaka Festival attendees quickly sought shelter inside on Monday February 19th, 2018. A festival on a Monday, you ask? Unorthodox, true, yet it did happen to be President’s Day – a day […]

Cali Roots announces 2018 round 2 artists

The holidays come a little early for music lovers! In the form of artist announcements, reggae and hip hop enthusiasts wait patiently behind device screens to hear who will be featured at their fave festivals come the New Year. And, one fest in particular rings a little louder than the rest – that’s right, one […]

Desert Oasis: Day One

Courtney Chambers Courtney Chambers Courtney Chambers / Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Around Desert Oasis Around Desert Oasis HIRIE HIRIE HIRIE HIRIE HIRIE HIRIE HIRIE / David Macias Music David Macias Music David Macias Music David Macias Music David Macias Music Around Desert Oasis […]

1st Boomshaka Festival announced for 2018

San Diego is home to a surplus of talented residents, and more than a handful happen to be in big name reggae bands. From hole-in-the-wall gigs to headlining acts, sunny Southern California is the place to find musicians spreading good vibes at the beach by day and… pretty much anywhere after the sun sets. So, […]

1st Annual Desert Oasis Recap

The sun was shining bright and the temperature was hot for the 1st Annual Desert Oasis Music Festival in Indio, California on October 7 and 8. The lineup revolved around reggae and rock, with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley headlining on Saturday and Rebelution headlining Sunday. The festival started each day at 2PM. The first band […]

California Roots 2018 takes shape

For the past eight years since the inaugural California Roots Music and Arts Festival, there is always an early October date that rings significant to reggae-rock-rap lovers alike. It's been a long summer since the previous Cali Roots went down over Memorial Day Weekend, and with the transition to fall comes the transition to the […]

Hirie “Sun and Shine” official video ft. Eric Rachmany

Southern California’s songstress Hirie has returned to the spotlight and is turning up the heat in her new single and music video for the brand new track titled Sun and Shine featuring lead vocalist and guitarist of Rebelution, Eric Rachmany as well as Nahko Bear as Hirie’s accomplice.

Introducing the 1st Annual Desert Oasis Music Festival

The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California is not only home to year-round polo tournaments, but also to a handful of choice music festivals since 1993 – most notably Coachella and Stagecoach. Tucked away in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the grounds transform annually into a cultural experience immeasurable to any other (depending on […]

Cali Roots 2017: Day Two

Around Cali Roots Tyrone’s Jacket Tyrone’s Jacket Tyrone’s Jacket Tyrone’s Jacket Tyrone’s Jacket Tyrone’s Jacket Around Cali Roots Unified Highway Unified Highway Unified Highway Unified Highway Unified Highway Around Cali Roots DARENOTS DARENOTS DARENOTS DARENOTS Around Cali Roots Rising Appalachia Rising Appalachia Rising Appalachia Around Cali Roots Tribal Theory Tribal Theory Tribal Theory Tribal Theory […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day One

Around Day One Around Day One Around Day One Organically Good Trio Organically Good Trio Organically Good Trio Organically Good Trio Organically Good Trio Organically Good Trio Around Day One Around Day One Around Day One Around Day One Around Day One Santos y Zurdo Santos y Zurdo Santos y Zurdo Around Day One HIRIE […]

Costa Rica’s 7th Annual Jungle Jam

Pura vida. Stepping off the plane in Costa Rica, it's one of the first things that you hear. “Pura vida!” Exclaims the taxi driver outside the terminal, as you pile into what you figure is a normal hour-long commute after a half a day of traveling. “Pura vida!” You shout back, not really knowing if […]

The Expendables release “I Won’t Give Up” featuring Hirie

After some social media teasers, California’s own Expendables dropped their highly anticipated new collaboration I Won’t Give Up with reggae songstress Hirie. The track is definitely a more mature-sounding work The Expendables, whose most recent songs have combined hard-hitting surf rock with reggae undertones. The Santa Cruz based band perfectly balances Hirie’s soft vocals with […]

One Love 2017: Day One

One Love 2017 White Glove Service White Glove Service White Glove Service White Glove Service One Love 2017 Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips Janelle Phillips One Love 2017 Arise Roots Arise Roots Arise Roots Arise Roots Arise Roots Arise Roots One Love 2017 Leilani Wolfgramm Leilani Wolfgramm Leilani Wolfgramm Leilani Wolfgramm Leilani […]

Jungle Jam 2017 lineup revealed

What's better than a solid four-day reggae festival? A solid four-day reggae festival in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, of course! Embedded with island vibes and set on the oceanfront backdrop of Jaco, the 7th Annual Jungle Jam is going to be better than ever in March 2017. Starting on Thursday, March 9th, the […]

Spiritual Rez’s ‘Setting in the West’ album review

Boston’s own Spiritual Rez is a reggae-rock funkateer ensemble that delivers a hypnotic blend of edgy melodic reggae, ska, funk and rock that is both flawless and brilliant in their new offering titled Setting in the West. The album is comprised of ten harmonious tracks that defines their reggae and rock riff laden melodies with […]