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 […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Katchafire “Whaingaroa”

Island reggae heavyweights Katchafire returns with the world video premiere of their latest “Whaingaroa” — a dub-heavy ode to an old surf town. Ahhhh, New Zealand… how beautiful are thee! From the floral hills to the sandy beaches and that crystal blue water — the country truly is a marvel on earth! Welcome to Whaingaroa, […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 13

Episode unlucky #13 is late. Well, February was a short month, so deal with it! Also deal with your Top Shelf Music News hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose for another 11 minutes or so, as they share the latest in the music industry — from pending lawsuits to streaming services to Super Bowls and […]

Katchafire’s Jordan Bell talks new tunes & tours

Drummers, with the exception of a few backline frontmen, rarely get enough love. Katchafire’s Jordan Bell likes to live a little differently. His family band, originally started by father Grenville Bell and alongside brother Logan Bell, has since grown to be a staple of New Zealand and roots reggae music altogether. Jordan Bell goes centerstage, […]

The full One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020 experience

The One Love Cali Reggae Fest vibe was strong this year, as thrilled festival-goers packed the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach to experience yet another three-day ear-gasm of their favorite roots, rock, reggae and punky ska bands presented by Goldenvoice. While the sun shone brightly for most of the weekend, in true One […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest reveals massive lineup for 2020

A reggae rock lover travels the world and back for events that incorporate all their favorite artists. Imagine having virtually all reggae artists — from Jamaican reggae to island reggae to Cali reggae and back — all in one place. In one weekend. We cannot stress enough that this is the case for One Love […]

Dry Diggings 2019: Day Two

Dry Diggings Music and Art Festival 2019 was like an afterparty for the summer, a place connecting people through reggae more every day. Every few steps, you ran into some person you haven’t seen in a couple months. The whole weekend had an amazing lineup and Friday had already got the ball rolling. Dry Diggings […]

Katchafire ignites Eugene, OR

New Zealand band Katchafire played an amazing Oregon set on September 12th, with openers EarthKry from Jamaica and local Eugene band Sol Seed at Sessions Music Hall. This venue is very intimate, which allowed for the bands and the crowd to really feed off each other’s energy. Katchafire played so many of the songs fans […]

The day-to-day Dry Diggings 2019 experience

Dry Diggings Music and Arts Festival truly stepped up their game for 2019. With an expanded three-day lineup, new activities and a fresh sound, the festival truly set the bar on patron experience. Upon arriving to Dry Diggings, there was an excitement in the air as patrons of the event set up their camps and guests […]

Katchafire lights up San Diego’s Belly Up Tavern

Katchafire lit up the night Wednesday, September 4th in Solana Beach at the Belly Up Tavern. Starting the evening off right was Earthkry, a roots reggae band hailing from Kingston, Jamaica. Throwing immense energy, along with riveting bass lines and guitar solos, the crowd was moving from the very start. Bassist/vocalist Kamardo Blake was so […]

Arizona Roots 2019: Day One

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The smashing success of Arizona Roots Year One

Arizona Roots out-did itself with supreme energy that shown so bright, it’s hard to believe this was a first year festival! From the organizers of Cali Roots (the premiere reggae-rock and hip hop fest, now in its 10th year), it’s actually no surprise that positivity and love surged through the desert the weekend of February 8th […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Katchafire “100”

New Zealand roots-reggae rockers Katchafire brings another track to life off their latest LEGACY LP in this world video premiere of “100”. As an ode to family, the video for the single starts with footage from Katchafire tours: rolling down the Las Vegas Strip, seeing “Katchafire” on a big marquee, roaming random downtown streets and […]

Iya Terra sees “Stars” in new single

Since their widely successful #1 Reggae Billboard album Sacred Sound, Los Angeles-based reggae band Iya Terra has been hard at work touring the country with bands such as Fortunate Youth, Stick Figure, Katchafire, The Expanders and many more, as well as continuing to create new music when they’re not out on the road. It has been […]

Thrive ‘Be Love’ album review

It’s been a few years since Thrive’s last full-length release, but the band is back filling the airwaves with their positive and uplifting vibes. On July 27th, Thrive released their new LP, Be Love, off Roots Musician Records. The band has put out several full-length albums, EPs and a handful of singles, so this Northern […]