Cali Roots finalizes lineup for May 2022

I don’t know about you, but the minute the world started shutting down due to COVID the second week of March 2020, the first thing I thought about was “there’s no way this will affect Cali Roots, it’s too far out”. Then, like the festival gods were listening and wanted to punish me, the announcement […]

Levitate Festival unleashes 2020 lineup

Aw…summertime at Cape Cod. What a serene experience, surrounded by bogs and marshland in every direction. The Northeast is a beautiful place, especially when the sun shines. Coupling with the warm weather are several outdoor music fests (naturally). It’s about time Massachusetts locals got to party outside. Every year, west coast residents get major FOMO […]

Mortimer debuts EP ‘Fight The Fight’

With recent credits on Protoje’s latest albums, Mortimer just debuted his new EP, Fight The Fight, and steps into the spotlight. The EP was released digitally in November, with physical CD and vinyl versions coming out officially January 31st, 2020. Mortimer’s first two offerings from the EP, titled “Careful” and “Lightning”, have already made great […]

Dry Diggings 2019: Day Three

Day Three Dry Diggings started out as blessed and beautiful as the past two days, wrapping up its 2019 in pure reggae rock style. Opening the final day was Arden Park Roots, with a giant Connecting People Through Reggae sign bouncing around. Protoje brought Jamaican reggae to the day, before Dub Trio and Collie Buddz […]

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 […]

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 […]

Protoje at Observatory North Park

Reggae vibes were in full effect thanks to Protoje and up-and-coming artist Lila Ike on Wednesday, August 28th at San Diego’s Observatory North Park. Lila Ike started the evening right with unstoppable liveliness from the second she ran onto the stage. Giving the crowd immense energy, Ike danced from one end of the stage to […]

Rebelution’s Summer Good Vibes Tour hits St. Pete, FL

Reggae fans in St. Petersburg came out in masses Sunday night, August 19th for the Summer Good Vibes Tour featuring Rebelution! Even with the weeks of rain leading up to the event, the skies cleared and the bands kicked it off with nothing but good vibes all night, thanks to great music, weather and atmosphere. […]

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 […]

Rebelution at San Diego’s North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Chula Vista concerts are a trademark of summertime. The weather is finally warm enough to enjoy an outdoor event, strangers mingle amongst each other with drinks on the lawn, friends bond in every direction by the sheer act of live music. A concert arena that has boasted many names, The North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre […]

Exploring The Skints’ new album, ‘Swimming Lessons’

The Skints are back with their fourth album, Swimming Lessons. The album brings a daintier, uplifting, island-like sound; a definite divergent feel from their their last album, FM. That said, the new full-length LP is still equally reminiscent of the early 90’s reggae/punk/alternative scene, with an overall meshing of styles that hit home on many levels. The […]

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 X final artists announced

The day is here. Not only has the last leg of the upcoming California Roots lineup been unveiled as of this morning, but this particular announcement ends a guessing game a decade in the making – who is to play Cali Roots 10?! Cali Roots X celebrates a wide array of artists in the reggae […]

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 […]