Cali Roots Presents: J Boog & The Green in Monterey

On the evening of August 28th, Top Shelf Music I descended upon Monterey County Fairgrounds to photograph a magical night of reggae music. The lineup included GRAMMY-nominated J Boog, The Green, Josh Heinrichs and special guest Saritah. It is nights like this that remind us of simpler times spent dancing in ‘The Bowl’ with friends […]

New Found Glory brings Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour to Anaheim

Located alongside Disneyland at Anaheim’s Garden Walk, long-awaited circle pits and crowd-surfers were in full force proving pop punk is, indeed, still alive and well. For two blessed nights, New Found Glory sold out the House of Blues Anaheim with their highly-anticipated Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour. The show was originally co-headlined with Simple Plan […]

8th Annual We Can Survive benefit concert coming to LA

It’s that time again to announce the world’s most popular musicians, coming together to show support for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Once again, California is back to bring you its 8th Annual ‘We Can Survive‘ concert, presented by Audacy on October 23rd, at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA. After a concert-less […]

Slightly Stoopid headlines San Diego’s Petco Park

On September 11th, Slightly Stoopid took over Petco Park in San Diego. They were supported by Boostive, The Elovaters and Thievery Corporation, with live painting by artist Jimmy Ovadia. Stoopid shows are always a party, but they are extra fun when at their home in San Diego, and this show was no exception. Walking around the venue, it […]

311, Iration & Iya Terra leave Missouri fans begging for more

While the air molecules occupying the evening sky over Maryland Heights, MO dispersed aside the shorter wavelengths of light, giving way to the ambers, and the honeys, the marigolds, and the crimsons, a truly epic night of reggae music was shared among brothers and sisters of every race and religion. Bringing everyone together for the […]

KBong & special guests at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

“There’s a melody in the wind // I can hear it on the shore // Brings me closer to something that I’ve never felt before // Becoming a brighter day, now that we’re outside // Let’s follow the sound into the night,” as KBong’s “Good To Hear Music” goes. Walking the streets in downtown St. […]

A chat with Calliope Musicals outside their show in Nashville

Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee are — in my opinion — the two best music cities in America. On any given night, you can find an amazing show in one of many great concert venues… not to mention that if you throw a rock in any direction, you are liable to hit a musician in […]

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo rock The Grove at Anaheim

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocked The Grove of Anaheim on September 7th, taking attendees on a magical ride through their 42-year playbook of extraordinary musical mastery. I can still recall the first time my Pop played Pat Benatar for me… I was six years old and remember being blown away by the beautiful, powerful […]

Counting Crows rocks Paso Robles, CA

The 90s took over Vina Robles Amphitheater with alt rock legends Counting Crows, playing hits such as “Mr. Jones”, “A Long December” and “Daylight Fading”… just to name a few! To start off the night was an acoustic indie artist by the name of Matt Sucich, coming all the way from Queens, New York. He […]

Lindsey Stirling lights up San Diego

Having never been to a Lindsey Stirling show, I walked into the San Diego Civic Theater on August 31st with, what I can only call in retrospect, ignorance. I’ve heard of her majesty from friends and I’ve heard about her YouTube legacy… never tuned in though. Now that I know everything Lindsey Stirling encapsulates, I […]

Hella Mega Tour leaves San Diego in awe

Selling out stadiums across America, the Hella Mega Tour finally rolled into San Diego on the gorgeous Sunday afternoon of August 29th. The vibe was this happy, positive, calming energy. Yes!! We are finally back, doing what we love with the people that get it! Of course, there were a few new rules for the safety […]

Josh Heinrichs & friends bring roots reggae to San Diego’s Music Box

On August 25th at the intimate Music Box in San Diego, Josh Heinrichs headlined a great show for roots reggae lovers. First to hit the stage was Eureka Sound. Their trumpet player, Gary Gopar, is also a music professor at Cypress College and several of Eureka Sound‘s members are his former students! Many of Gary’s […]

3 Doors Down play to rock-hungry crowd in Paso Robles

Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles, California hosted rock superstars 3 Doors Down on Sunday, August 29th, with local cats Moonshiner Collective opening the show. Moonshiner Collective is a four-piece soft rock singer-songwriter band from San Luis Obispo, consisting of Dan Curcio on lead vocals, Ryan House on drums, Tyson “Tropo” Leonard on violin and […]

Rise Against’s Nowhere Generation Tour rocks St. Louis

On a scorching summer evening in St. Louis, rock legends Rise Against teamed up with punk icons Descendents, along with Scranton, PA born rock veterans, The Menzingers, to remind everyone how thankful they are that live music is back. Opening for the tour was The Menzingers, giving the crowd a head-banging array of classics, as […]

Mykal Rose brings reggae to Santa Barbara

On August 20th, Elings Park in Santa Barbara was blessed with a performance by legendary reggae artist Mykal Rose. To start off the night was Jacob Marquez and The Good Vibes, an up-and-coming local reggae band with an island reggae sound. The way they all connected with the crowd made it feel personal and authentic. […]