AZ Roots 2020: Day One

Arizona Roots 2020 almost had a very uninvited guest — rain. Waking up the morning of February 22nd in Chandler, Arizona, attendees of the 2nd Annual reggae rock fest found buckets of rain pouring down from the sky. Not a good sign. An announcement that Day One gates were to be pushed back didn’t help […]

The 2nd Annual AZ Roots experience

Walking into the gates of Chandler’s Rawhide Events Center is always enlivening. It’s country themed, like the rest of Arizona, but the quaint old-timey-themed photo ops of Rawhide make it more of an experience than most festival front gates offer. Like last year, Arizona Roots was returning for another two days of the finest reggae […]

Steel Pulse at Santa Maria’s Presqu’ile Winery

On February 8th, Santa Maria was blessed to host reggae legends Steel Pulse and local favorites Resination at Presqu’ile Winery. Resination is a five-piece reggae band consisting of Vance Fahie (lead singer), Thomas Cuffe (keyboardist), Timmy Cordero (drummer), Patrick Pearson (lead guitarist) and Michael Jimenez (bassist). They started off the evening, with their authentic and […]

The full One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020 experience

The One Love Cali Reggae Fest vibe was strong this year, as thrilled festival-goers packed the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach to experience yet another three-day ear-gasm of their favorite roots, rock, reggae and punky ska bands presented by Goldenvoice. While the sun shone brightly for most of the weekend, in true One […]

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 […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest reveals massive lineup for 2020

A reggae rock lover travels the world and back for events that incorporate all their favorite artists. Imagine having virtually all reggae artists — from Jamaican reggae to island reggae to Cali reggae and back — all in one place. In one weekend. We cannot stress enough that this is the case for One Love […]

2nd Annual AZ Roots Fest announced

The latest, greatest reggae rock festival is back in action for Year Two at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for February 2020! Moving up a few weekends on the calendar, the return of Arizona Roots Festival — a sister fest to the renowned and celebrated California Roots Festival every Memorial Day Weekend in […]

Reggae on the Mountain 2019: Day One

It’s official! Reggae on the Mountain was a huge success this year. This also marked the 10th Anniversary for this steadily growing festival, which is why the festival was moved this year from Topanga Canyon to the fabulous King Gilette Ranch, one of the most stunning Los Angeles locations in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 588-acre King Gillette […]

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 […]

10th Annual Reggae on the Mountain Fest heading to Malibu

This year there has been a few 10 year anniversaries for reggae festivals, starting with the 10th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, the MayJah RayJah Festival in Hawaii and coming up this weekend on August 17th and 18th, Reggae on the Mountain will be celebrating it’s 10th year! This is great […]

Chilling On The Illinois Fest coming to Cave Junction, Oregon

The essence of summertime is encapsulated in various ways. Family barbecues. Beach excursions. Exploring the great outdoors. What would the season be without bringing people together, out of their previously hibernated states into the world around them? Leave your gadgets at home; it’s summertime and the livin’s easy. Two archetypes of summertime combine into one […]

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 […]

SUNDUB drops ‘Burden of Love’ LP

Brooklyn-based band SUNDUB has officially dropped their debut album! Since formulating their smooth sound in 2013, these east coast reggae soldiers have been committed to spreading the good vibrations embedded in roots and Jamaican ska music to the masses, evident in their inaugural Burden of Love album. Available as of today on all digital outlets, Burden […]

The Cali Roots X-perience

In 2014, I attended the 5th Annual California Roots Festival for the first time when I was still in high school. The only person I knew there was my best friend who I went with and my mom who drove us. After three days at the festival, we left with a ton of new friends […]

Steel Pulse sits down with Top Shelf Music

Steel Pulse members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown sit down with Top Shelf Music journalist Keela Sweeney following their Day One BeachLife Festival performance in Redondo Beach, California. With their long-awaited Mass Manipulation album out as of May 17th, Steel Pulse chats about the inspiration behind the album that took 15 years in the making […]