Catch A Fire Tour 2015 in San Diego

The Catch A Fire Tour featuring Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Stephen Marley, and Damian Marley stopped by the Cal Coast Open Air Theater in San Diego, California. One of the last few stops on their so-called “family tour”, the two Marley brothers definitely made it known that this tour took years to plan in order […]

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 […]

Mother’s Day with Gonzo

On Mother’s Day night, Slic Entertainment of San Diego presented Gonzo backed by Beyond I Sight. Known as the “Sade of Reggae,” Gonzo brought his R&B sounding reggae to a very nice crowd. Top Shelf Reggae arrived just in time to catch Iya Terra, a reggae rock band from Los Angeles. Known as the “Sade […]

The reunion of Tomorrows Bad Seeds

According to a recent Top Shelf Reggae interview conducted with TBS frontman Moi Juarez, Tomorrows Bad Seeds never fully broke up – they were just on hiatus to pursue other projects. That being said, it has been well over two years since an official TBS show has occurred, making Bad Seed fans all over the […]

Latin night in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Bachaco from Miami, Florida ventured all the way to San Diego, California to bring their Latin reggae flair to 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach. On Point Promotions was there to bring yet another great show, though this particular one included a modern, global sound. The way the band incorporated hot-steppa music, the skank, and […]

The Simpkin Project starting 2015 right!

On January 16, 2015 The Simpkin Project performed a home show in Orange County, California. They happened to be performing on the same night and location as the legendary Dead Kennedys punk band, who recently started performing again. The Simpkin Project played in the Constellation Room, which is located within The Observatory venue located in […]

Kottonmouth Kings Still Got It

It’s been awhile since this reviewer has been to an all-ages punk rock show which featured reggae as a direct influence to its punk roots and hip-hop acceptance. Gone are the days when this mix was considered fresh, new, and born of Southern California. Instead, this punk rock holiday show appeared to be a giant […]

Jah9 invades Sebastopol, California

One of the most exciting new artists coming out of Jamaica right now is a captivating young woman who goes by Jah9.  She was one of the most celebrated acts at Reggae on the River 2014; her songs are becoming more popular in the dancehalls in several countries and on Spotify playlists worldwide.  I was […]

Michael Franti sold out the Belly Up

A solitary sign hung taped to the Belly Up Tavern’s will call window on November 22nd, declaring Michael Franti’s performance “SOLD OUT” for the night. What an understatement – entering into my favorite and frequently hopping rock-n-roll joint in Solana Beach had never been harder. I squeezed and twisted my way through an overly condensed […]

Radical Something accents Matisyahu

California band Radical Something sure knows how to bring some rock music mixed with some hip-hop to the beach area. When they performed at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Sunday, Oct. 26 and opened for Matisyahu, we here at Top Shelf Reggae did not know what to expect. Was this night going to […]

Passafire rocks out Solana Beach, CA

Passafire brought their east coast rock to the Belly Up venue in Solana Beach, CA on October 10, 2014. As part of their Fall Tour currently taking place, Passafire is traveling all around the U.S. to showcase songs off their latest album, Vines. Though the band is well-loved in the reggae-rock scene, it is really […]

Madrid welcomes SOJA

I arrived in Madrid on the day of the concert by way of high-speed train. Located right in the middle of Spain, it was only a two-hour ride from the slightly northwest home of my university in the Capital of the Spanish Province of Castille and Leon, a charming city named Valladolid. With the show […]

Austin City Nights: Fortunate Youth – Fall w/ Friends Tour

Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World and my new home as of a few weeks ago.   Hearing lots of great stories about legendary acts, I was excited to check out the scene and luckily for me, Fortunate Youth was rolling through on their Fall with Friends Tour.  The venue could not have been […]

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 […]

Shoreline Jam 2014: the experience

It’s extremely rare for me to vacate my surroundings, rearrange my schedule and volunteer to work 24 straight hours within a two-day period, especially with travel involved over holiday weekends. Memorial Day weekend brings around such an occurrence every year with Monterey’s California Roots Festival; similarly, Labor Day weekend showcases the Shoreline Jam on the […]