The 25th Annual San Diego Music Awards

For the past quarter-century, the San Diego Music Awards [SDMA's] have showcased the top performers in the city, handing awards to the most deserved of San Diegan musicians – both local and nationally renowned. Past winners have often been Jason Mraz, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Switchfoot and several other popular names across the musical categories […]

Fortunate Youth & Arise Roots at the Belly Up

Two bands from Los Angeles, California came down to Solana Beach in San Diego to perform some beloved reggae music on Thursday, June 11th. Arise Roots and Fortunate Youth are known for their modern reggae music, which usually includes special messages. A great crowd showed up for both bands as Top Shelf Reggae indeed saw […]

Stranger rocks their hometown

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, Stranger was in their hometown of San Diego long enough to play for a great crowd who obviously adores them. Lucky for the fans too, Stranger was the only one scheduled to play, which is amazing because the band played for about two hours straight! It appeared both band and […]

Tribal Theory brings high energy wave

Even though illness can weigh one down, music always seems to uplift the mind, body, and spirit. That is exactly what happened to this reviewer at the Tribal Theory show at the House of Blues in Downtown, San Diego on August 22, 2014. Sure, the sun has been causing scorching hot weather in Southern California, […]

Arise Roots with Luciano brought the house down in San Diego

Arise Roots opened a show for Luciano, “The MessenJah,” at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park, San Diego on June 12th, and it was obvious the band has love for the WBC’s director, Makeda “Dread” Cheatom. Makeda has love for them as well, as she announced vocalist, Karim Israel as her favorite singer- so […]

SM Familia CD release party

They definitely brought the dub to OB that night, and even Maxi Priest joined in to sing a song with them While Top Shelf Reggae was checking out Maxi Priest at Winston’s Beach Club in Ocean Beach, San Diego, it was also reggae night at Club Kingston, a night dedicated to showcasing local reggae music! […]

The Green with The Movement: Belly Up Tavern

The Green, from Hawai’i, came to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California along with The Movement, a band from the East Coast. Both Hirie and The Movement were supporting The Green for a California Tour which started in Redway and ended near the San Diego coastal area. After just performing at the Cali’ […]

Catch the legendary Luciano in San Diego, CA

For those who hold roots-reggae music close to their heart, the World Beat Cultural Center has an upcoming show featuring Luciano, “the Messenger” on Thursday, June 12th at their center in Balboa Park, San Diego! This is just one of many upcoming shows featured over the summer, including Pablo Moses and Yellowman happening in July! […]

Tribal Seeds Representing CD release party

On May 2, 2014, Tribal Seeds threw their CD release party for their new album titled, Representing. The event took place at the Open Air Theater located at San Diego State University. Fellow San Diego band, Tribal Theory helped get the crowd excited for the reggae night, as well as Collie Buddz, while locally-known DJ […]

A night with The Aggrolites

Los Angeles could not have bred a better mix of ska, soul and old-school funk – all wrapped together to make a premier “dirty reggae” genre – better than The Aggrolites, who graced San Diego with their presence recently at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Knowing that the L.A. conglomeration is a good twelve years […]

Oogee Wawa & Arise Roots bringing sweet reggae to San Diego, CA

On Thursday, March 20th in Ocean Beach, San Diego, two bands played at Gallagher’s Pub for reggae night- Oogee Wawa from Long Island, NY, and Arise Roots from Los Angeles, CA. Oogee Wawa plays reggae-rock music with hints of hip-hop, while Arise Roots plays straight roots reggae music! Oogee Wawa had a familiar, Sublime sound, […]

The 33rd Annual Tribute To The Reggae Legends Festival

The WorldBeat Cultural Center located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California has roots in Reggae roots music! This organization has brought significant cultural awareness to the people of Southern California whom appreciate the art of classic Reggae music—that, of course, which pertains to the original music from Jamaica! The WorldBeat Center has enabled roots […]

Pepper: Winter 2014 San Diego show review

Pepper did not disappoint this packed house at the Belly Up Tavern Pepper played in San Diego County for two nights in a row while touring the Western parts of the U.S. for a winter tour! Although Pepper hails from Hawaii, they have been known to call San Diego their second home, and that remains […]

Giant Panda watch

On January 17, 2014, Top Shelf Reggae got to visit Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at the Belly Up in San Diego, California. Yeah, there name is a mouthful, and so is their music! Mixing ska-reggae with psychedelic rock, this New York band from Rochester brought their East Coast accent to their West Coast tour. […]