Tune in, drop out at Desert Daze 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Ever since the birth of Burning Man, the festival experience has pivoted from a simple weekend of music to that of a transcendental enigma. Passive voyeurism is dead. The Burn made way for other festivals to follow in pursuit of life, love and eternal consciousness, such as the biannual Joshua Tree or NorCal’s EDM-meets-yoga Lightning […]

KAABOO 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

KAABOO Del Mar 2018 forged on with Day Two on Saturday, September 15th. Attendees poured into the Del Mar Fairgrounds just as early as the day before to catch opening acts Lost Beach, Creature Canyon and FITNESS before Soul Asylum took the MGM Stage to much applause. 90s-lovers basked in the early day nostalgia (whether […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2018: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

The gates opened to lines wrapped around every building to kick off Day One of the world-famous KAABOO Del Mar at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds, back in its fourth year. The late morning of Friday, September 14th was a hot one, so much so that the bask area filled up fast. Between the three […]

ARISE Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

ARISE Music & Arts Festival 2018 was a magical experience, spanning three days in Loveland, Colorado's Sunrise Ranch. From August 3rd to August 5th, strangers became family while dancing, singing and celebrating life in unity. The fest started with a traditional Native American ceremony of cleansing and community, followed by a woman's dance clothed all […]

Levitate 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Two of Levitate Festival 2018 started off bright and sunny on an early July weekend in Marshfield, MA. Bluegrass, funk and reggae enthusiasts collided once again for a full day of the best in the jam band business, starting with Quadrafunk and The Quins. Unfortunately, coming from south Boston in the morning delayed photo […]

Reggae on the Beach 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

On July 6th 2018, Latin-rock reggae Simbala band opened up the Reggae on the Beach show held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Next up was the guys in Cal1fa and they really got the crowed prepped for the fun to come. Then came crowd favorite Pato Banton, who even with heat reaching the 90s on […]

Levitate 2018: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae, folk and rock lovers headed in masses to Marshfield, Massachusetts on July 7th, 2018, ready to enjoy a full weekend of music amongst friends old and new! Marshfield is a quaint little town, tucked away in the wildnerness just adjacent to Cape Cod and nestled on the very most outskirts of the bigger Boston metropolis; […]

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018: Day Two vlog | Top Shelf Reggae

Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose returns to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for Day Two of Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018, capturing the entire day in top vlog fashion. Following sensational Day One performances, such as Jack White, Neil Young and The Pretenders, Day Two attendees were ready to rage, starting with a Prince […]

Cali Roots 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Three of California Roots 2018 was one for the record books! Once the Monterey Fairgrounds gates opened, explosive energy was brought forth by bands like New Kingston, DARENOTS and GRAMMY-nominees Raging Fyah. Cali Roots 9 might've been on its last leg, but the fest was far from done. And, it wasn't just the energy that […]

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018: Day One vlog | Top Shelf Reggae

Experience what it was like to attend one of the best fests in southern California, as Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose covers Day One of Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl vlog style. Getting there a little late, the video explores half the first day's festivities, featuring headliner Neil Young, ska legends […]

Looking back on Levitate Music Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

The east coast has a different air about their musical festivals than the west coast does. Both are valid experiences, both proffer the best of the best in arts and entertainment to the stage. However, festivals back east, like the annual Levitate Music and Arts Festival, have a certain sense of community that remains absent […]

Get ready for Life Is Beautiful 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

For the past six years, there has been one fall festival that has not only reigned at the top of the live entertainment list, but influenced the likes of KAABOO Del Mar, Coachella and beyond. Situated in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Life Is Beautiful Music and Arts Festival has revolutionized Fremont Street, adding […]

Cali Roots 2018: Day Two afterparty | Top Shelf Reggae

Everyone knows the party doesn't stop once the headliner leaves the stage at the annual California Roots Festival in Monterey, California. This year, at Cali Roots 9, the Saturday night after party at Planet Gemini included Guam's For Peace Band and crowd favorite Iya Terra for kate night entertainment. Once the Bowl Stage emptied out, […]

The Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018 experience | Top Shelf Reggae

Considering large corporate festivals are not reggae in nature, getting approved for media credentials under the moniker 'Top Shelf Reggae' is, in itself, an accomplishment. Upon hearing the lineup for Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018, with rock legends Neil Young and Robert Plant attached, I immediately sent in an application without a shred of hope that […]

For Peace Band chats at Cali Roots 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Guamanian reggae sensation For Peace Band sits down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 of California Roots Festival 2018. The band played two live performances that day and has big plans for their upcoming album Always Love, available this summer on all digital outlets. Follow the link below to get your copy […]

Kaya Fest 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Sunday morning was shining at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California for Day Two of Kaya Fest. The gates opened a little late, but not to worry, the music-hungry fans were satiated by one-man band Jah Stix right off the bat. The place was soon packed, as rootsy reggae attendees anticipated one of […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

In comparison to the previous days, I slowly stumble, still concussed, into completely breathtaking Vinoy Park for round three of Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018! I have to admit, I had to take it easy and only got some of the main bands shot due to the 'ramp incident' with my head the day prior. […]

Get ready for Closer to the Sun 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

The moment all Stoopidheads have been waiting for since last December is finally here: Closer to the Sun 2018 has been announced and it's already set to be the sickest yet. Going down on the shorefront of Riviera Maya, Mexico, Closer to the Sun honors reggae rock in all its glory with four full days […]