California Roots Festival announces final artists for 2016

The day has finally come: the last and final announcement for the biggest reggae event of the year, the 2016 California Roots Festival! After two previous announcements in 2015, any lover of reggae/world/hip hop and more has been waiting on the edge of their seat to hear the last artists to be included in the […]

California Roots 2016: Round 1 artist announcement

California Roots Presents have announced the phase one line-up for the seventh annual California Roots taking place May 27-29th, 2016 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in beautiful Monterey, California. Headlining the Cali Roots first round of announcements is the return of 2011 and 2014 headliner Rebelution. The grounds are also home to one of the […]

Dry Diggings Festival 2015

California Roots Presents is pleased to announce the final lineup for the upcoming Dry Diggings Festival taking place in Placerville just east of Sacramento, California in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The festival will be held September 25th through the 26th, 2015 at the acclaimed El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Festivalgoers will enjoy two days of live […]

Thrive self-titled EP review

Thrive from Santa Cruz, California has come out with an EP just released on July 7th. Staying true to their unique reggae-rock sound and various influences, the band once again releases an album true to their roots. Not only is it highly-influenced from the California lifestyle, it is a highly creative album. Not only is […]

Top Shelf Reggae’s guide to bad days

The last thing you want to do at the end of a rotten day is dwell on the unchangeable. In an ideal world, everyone would get along with everyone – nothing but positivity would encompass each individual as they emerge from their respective homes and maneuver their surroundings. Days would be filled with sunshine and […]

The Emerald Cup 2014 gallery: part one

Wheeland Brothers Wheeland Brothers Wheeland Brothers Wheeland Brothers Wheeland Brothers Wheeland Brothers Hirie Hirie Hirie Hirie Hirie Hirie Hirie Hirie Thrive Thrive Thrive Thrive Thrive Stick Figure Stick Figure Stick Figure Cocoa the tour dog running across the stage #placestobe Stick Figure Stick Figure Tribal Seeds Tribal Seeds Tribal Seeds Tribal Seeds Tribal Seeds Tribal […]

The Emerald Cup 2014 is here

The Emerald Cup is just around the corner, and if you’re just now hearing about it, it’s not too late! If you’re unfamiliar with this event, The Emerald Cup has been synonymous with setting the absolute highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis and is the largest outdoor medicinal cannabis competition in the entire world. […]

Fortunate Youth with The Expanders & Thrive!

Thrive! Thrive! Thrive! Thrive! Thrive! The Expanders Thrive! Thrive! The Expanders The Expanders The Expanders The Expanders The Expanders The Expanders Dan from Fortunate Youth hops on stage with The Expanders #weshouldsmoke Great crowd! Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth Fortunate […]

Thrive Summer Tour 2014

Formed in 2008 and based out of Santa Cruz, California, Thrive has been pumping out hit after hit since their very first full debut album titled Gratitude Attitude which released and rocked the scene in 2010. The relatively new group turned many heads and perked up many ears since with their debut album which reached […]

Collie Buddz 420 Weekend

Anybody who is remotely familiar with reggae music knows the name Collie Buddz. The internationally known Bermuda born reggae sensation had quite the 4/20 weekend as all three dates for the mini 420 Tour yielded sold out, packed to the rim venues. Top Shelf Reggae had the absolute pleasure of attending two of the three […]

Thrive and Hirie sing the blues in “Broken”

Reggae’s mellow rhythms branch out to encompass all kinds of themes – whether it be for the love of Jah, the love of love, or the love of weed, there’s always a ballad to sway to. Rarely, however, is there a song in the reggae genre that’s slows the tempo down for sorrow. The subject, […]

Livermore Reggae Nights with Thrive and Hirie

Situated roughly an hour east of San Francisco, the quiet town of Livermore, California, best known for its outlet malls and modestly amazing wineries, sits a humble little building that rests on the outskirts of an outdoor mall in a mostly quiet residential neighborhood. The Pine Street Bar may look seemingly like your old and […]

The VeraGroove frontman calls it quits

Arizona’s aggressive reggae rock band The VeraGroove just dropped a bomb today on social media stating that frontman Andres Rodriguez will be departing the band for personal reasons. Due to the news, the band was forced to cancel their San Diego show set for December 28, 2013 with Thrive. We sincerely apologize for the cancellation […]

The Emerald Cup 2013

It’s time of that year again folks and if you’re just hearing or reading about this, it’s too late. The 2013 Annual Emerald Cup, which is the world’s only outdoor competition that showcases the finest Northern California cannabis and cannabis related products, just took place the weekend of December 14-15, 2013 at the Sonoma County […]

Thrive performs at The Emerald Cup 2013

As always, Thrive seems to draw a crowd when they perform.  This time was no different.  The smoke filled tent was filled to the rim with people waiting to get their first fix of Thrive performing in Sonoma County.