Cali Roots 2019: Day Three

Mixed weather didn’t deter Cali Roots X attendees from enjoying the third and final day in Monterey to the fullest. With two days down, Day Three at the fairgrounds brought with it one of the most stacked lineups to date when it comes to reggae rock. The morning started off with The Elovaters’ high-energy set […]

Kyle Smith & Brendan Clemente chat at Cali Roots X

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with two great independent artists at California Roots 10, Kyle Smith and Brendan Clemente! Performing together for the first time, the two chat about their individual efforts in the scene, what’s to come next and how Cali Roots brought the two of them together in the first […]

Cali Roots 2019: Day Two

Back for more, California Roots 2019 attendees filed once again into the Monterey Fairgrounds early Saturday morning for yoga, coffee and, naturally, the rocking reggae sounds of Roots of a Rebellion kicking off the Cali Roots Stage on Day Two. Jo Mersa Marley followed shortly after on the Bowl, while Casey Sullivan (of Burritos the […]

Roots of a Rebellion sits down at Cali Roots 10

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with Roots of a Rebellion at California Roots 10, all the way from Tennessee! The band opened up Day Two of the festival and with a new album out shortly, Roots of a Rebellion members were stoked to share details on the LP and what’s coming up […]

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 […]

A chat with The Late Ones at California Roots 2019

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with The Late Ones, a hip hop meets island reggae trio out of Hawaii,¬†at California Roots 10 ahead of their late night afterparty performance in Monterey, California. With a new single available as of that day, The Late Ones were excited to share music, upcoming summer plans […]

Protoje interviews at California Roots 10

The leader of the reggae revival movement himself, Protoje, sits down with Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose following his California Roots 10 performance in Monterey, California. After dropping a single and about to hit the road with Rebelution, Protoje chats what inspires his music, what he’s currently binge-watching and more. For more Protoje or […]

Cali Roots adds more artists to 10th Annual

10 years is a big deal. High school reunions happen after 10 years due to the overwhelming amount of change that can occur within a decade. For such a niche reggae-rock scene, one festival has officially proven the test of time by commorating its 10th year at the world-famous Monterey Fairgrounds: the one and only […]

Cali Roots X reveals first-round artists

It's here. It's finally here. Ever since the first California Roots Music & Arts Festival took place on prestigious Monterey Fairgrounds soil, reggae-rock and hip hop-loving attendees knew there would inevitably be a 10th Annual. A decade is now upon us. For those early adopters who have journeyed out year over year, the simple fact […]

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 […]

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 Three

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Cali Roots 2018: Day Two afterparty

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