BeachLife artist Anuhea interviews | Top Shelf Reggae

Island reggae goddess Anuhea has been making major waves in the music industry for 10 solid years and the swell of her success isn't crashing down any time soon. With award nominations piling up for 2019, as well as a greatest hits compilation album and several mainland excursions, it's safe to say Anuhea is one […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Friday, March 15th began the Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019 weekend. It was sunny, warm and had a palpable excitement in the air. First up, Xperimento brought the island dance vibes on the SMKFLWR stage, about a 10-minute walk from the main Rise Up Stage. Following up the addictive melodies were local in Guerrilla Panic. Four […]

Sabroso Taco Fest 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Holy Guacamole! Sabroso has been so successful over the years that the 6th Annual Sabroso Taco Festival turned into a two-day festival for 2019! This is 'nacho average' festival. Craft beer, ciders, tacos, Lucha Libre AND punk rock music! Gringo Bandito is the official sponsor for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival. Dexter Holland, […]

Trevor Hall at The Observatory OC | Top Shelf Reggae

It was a warm spring night as Trevor Hall’s villagers packed The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on Saturday April 6th for the magical final night of the Moon/Sun west coast tour. Hall brought his mix of Sanskrit chants, rock-reggae and folk-roots with his messages of love and healing. The sold-out crowd loudly sang along, […]

Bumpin Uglies ‘Buzz’ EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

No time to stop in all aspects. Bumpin Uglies is a plethora of different music, yet they are for sure a fusion of reggae, punk and ska. Formed a little over a decade ago in Annapolis, this funky foursome has paved a dusty tour van path across the country since the band's formation in 2008. The […]

Attending Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

Some people embark on trips and adventures alone or with family members. For some of us, a vacation is usually traveling for live music. I had far too many bags packed, yet was ready to set out on my short two-hour journey from southwest Florida to stunning St. Petersburg. Planes landing, parking garages filling, normally quaint […]

Stephen Marley at LA’s The Roxy Theatre | Top Shelf Reggae

On Tuesday evening of March 26th in The Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood), there was barely room to breathe. The audience was waiting anxiously for eight-time GRAMMY-winner Stephen Marley to begin the show. It was sold out and the crowd was absolutely excited. As soon as the performance started, they were immersed in an astonishing atmosphere. […]

The Green ‘Black & White’ album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae rock is defined by a handful of bands who have paved the way for the genre to grow into what it is today. Rebelution. Pepper. Iration. Of course, Slightly Stoopid. Yet, the breadwinners of the island reggae movement is undisputably The Green, surfacing in 2010 and not going under any time soon. Pepper traverses both […]

KAABOO Cayman 2019: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The Caribbean sun radiated high in the sky as Saturday morning brunch began at the VIP Bask area of KAABOO Cayman 2019. VIP guests were promised an exclusive KAABOO kick-off party Thursday night before the inaugural fest opened its gates the following day; extreme weather had other plans. Not to worry! VIP patrons received an […]

The B Foundation & Kyle Smith at Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

There was no better way to celebrate the first sun-filled Sunday in southern California than to hang with Kyle Smith and The B Foundation! Fans packed the patio at The Slidebar Rock 'n Roll Kitchen in Fullerton to soak up the smooth sounds and groove to the rocking rhythms. Fans shouted requests of their favorite […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2019 lineup revealed | Top Shelf Reggae

KAABOO has turned into quite a franchise for 2019, following a successful sold out KAABOO Cayman in February and with an inaugural KAABOO Texas lingering in the near future at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium this May. These sister fests wouldn't have been conceived without KAABOO taking place four festive and favored years at San […]

WORLD PREMIERE: Ione Angeles “Walk Away” feat. Jah-Know Wright | Top Shelf Reggae

Rebel Sound Records and Top Shelf proudly present the latest music video from roots-reggae chanteuse Ione Angeles! The track entitled “Walk Away” is off of Angeles' Inna Word album and features the talents of Jah-Know Wright. Now equipped with a music video, Ione Angeles traverses a picturesque shoreline as she preaches salvation to all. Ione Angeles […]

Special Blend at Fullerton’s Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

On Sunday February 17th, Special Blend headlined the Reggae Sunday show at the Slidebar Rock n' Roll Kitchen with support from The Good Tones. Special Blend came on to close the night with their signature fun and energetic show… The Good Tones came on first and their high energy combined with great stage presence got […]

KAABOO Cayman 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Friday, February 15th might've been the day after Valentine's Day for some, but for those arriving or living on Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, it was officially Day One of the premiere KAABOO Cayman Festival. Following in the footsteps of its sister festival, KAABOO Del Mar in San Diego, KAABOO Cayman brought culture to […]

Clint Stevens drops “First Place” single ahead of debut album | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae-funk band Clint Stevens is gearing up to drop their debut full-length album, offering fans of the Arizona band a taste ahead of time with their lead single “First Place”. A retrospective reggae-rock anthem centering around a relationship gone wrong, “First Place” is danceable, yet dark track — a yin and a yang. But, this seven-piece […]

Twiddle & Iya Terra at The Troubadour | Top Shelf Reggae

Iya Terra and Twiddle hit The Troubadour for their first show starting off a two month tour on Friday, March 1st, hitting the north western states right now. I'm sure you’ve been to a show before where the feeling in the air is magical; that is how it was on this particular evening. These two […]

9 Mile Roots drop new remix “When In Rome” | Top Shelf Reggae

Baltimore’s own 9 Mile Roots released today a remix featuring Passafire’s lead singer Ted Bowne—and Top Shelf has the premiere for you to start off your weekend. “When in Rome” is a full remix of their song “Sun” from their most recent LP, ReEvolve. The original track was impactful enough, but the remix takes the […]

Arizona Roots 2019: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day two of the inaugural Arizona Roots Festival began warmer than the frigid day before, leading to less people huddled around the provided outdoor heaters at the Rawhide Events Center in Chandler, AZ. Local bands got the good vibes up again after a night's hiatus before LA up-and-comers Iya Terra took the main stage by […]

The exceptional KAABOO Cayman experience | Top Shelf Reggae

Boarding a plane to an island adventure is one thing; knowing your Caribbean vacation includes the first annual KAABOO Cayman is quite another. Following four successful years in San Diego's luxurious Del Mar Fairgrounds, the KAABOO crew decided to branch out of their SoCal bubble, advertising sister festivals on Grand Cayman island and inside the […]