KAABOO Del Mar 2018 revealed | Top Shelf Reggae

Few festivals have escalated through the ranks as fast and ferocious as San Diego's KAABOO Del Mar. Over the past three years, KAABOO has been a milestone for the renowned Del Mar fairgrounds, welcoming only the best acts in music, comedy, cuisine and couture. Guests are dazzled the minute they step through the gates and […]

Josh Henrichs at The Observatory OC | Top Shelf Reggae

One February 24th, Josh Heinrichs headlined a sold-out show in the Constellation Room at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California. Josh was supported by opening bands White Glove Service and The Steppas, both of which got the packed crowd going and ready for Josh to take the stage. This was my first time seeing […]

Rototom 2018 announces second-wave artists | Top Shelf Reggae

Europe's most renowned reggae roots party Rototom Sunsplash is gearing up for 2018, with second-wave artists joining an already all star lineup. Situated beside the Mediterranean Sea, Rototom stretches seven days of pure reggae enjoyment on the sandy shores of Benicassim (Castellon, Spain). Ibiza might stand as the official party island of Spain, but an […]

Ben Barbic debuts “On My Mind” single | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae solo artist Ben Barbic is back with his latest hip hoppy love ballad “On My Mind” off Rebel Sound Records. This is the first single for Barbic fans to enjoy since his full-length album The Takeoff took to the airwaves last November (following an EP release in June). Ben Barbic is certainly pumping out the […]

Boomshaka Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

To say that the first annual Boomshaka Festival in San Diego, California was a success would be a massive understatement. Despite landing on a Monday holiday, this President's Day fest packed Valley View Casino Center with wall to wall attendees ready for a roots party to remember. Hosted by 94.9 radio personality DJ Carlos Culture, […]

Protoje presents “Bout Noon” lyric video | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae revival artist Protoje unveils a taste of his upcoming album with the lyrical video for its fist single, “Bout Noon”, with animated visuals by Ikem Smith. This is the first new music Protoje has released since his premiere album Ancient Future launched his career back in 2015. Produced by Winta James and Lamont “Monty” Savory, […]

Exploring the “Enter the DARENOTS” EP | Top Shelf Reggae

Canadian hip hop/reggae/industrial band DARENOTS are back with a vengeance in their latest EP, Enter the DARENOTS, available everywhere off LAW Records as of March 2nd. Following their inaugural full-length album The Now is Truth in 2016 and a three-song EP Strange Love last year, the DARENOTS boys are currently on the fast-track to becoming […]

Experiencing the 1st Annual Boomshaka Festival | Top Shelf Reggae

As numbing gusts of wind blew in every direction across the parking lot of San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena), Boomshaka Festival attendees quickly sought shelter inside on Monday February 19th, 2018. A festival on a Monday, you ask? Unorthodox, true, yet it did happen to be President’s Day – a day […]

Reggae Splash SD to set sail in May | Top Shelf Reggae

The biggest reggae boat party on the west coast is back Reggae Splash 2018! Embarking out onto the open ocean from downtown San Diego Saturday May 12th, Reggae Splash SD will feature three floors of music, three hours of unforgettable fun and more irie vibes than ever before. Although short and sweet, this is one […]

Leilani Wolfgramm stuns with “Live Wire” album | Top Shelf Reggae

Soulful songstress Leilani Wolfgramm ignites passion, prose and purpose in her electrifying new album Live Wire, out today off Raleigh Records. Following two previous full-length LP’s I Burn (2013) and Rebel (2014), Wolfgramm’s third installment is well worth the four-year wait, and even that is an understatement. All the musical constituents that make up Live […]

Roots Of Creation to release “Grateful Dub” tribute album | Top Shelf Reggae

Roots of Creation (RoC) is an all-time, award-winning reggae-rock sensation! On March 9th, the band will be releasing another fantastic RoC full-length album called Grateful Dub off Bombshelter Records, bringing together their love for The Grateful Dead and painting popular Dead songs with their unique reggae dub style. This new Grateful Dub album is like […]

Good Vibes Charity Event feat. Fortunate Youth | Top Shelf Reggae

On February 3rd, Sasquash Rosin Press held a charity event in Temecula, California to raise awareness within the cannabis community about autism and how cannabis is helping autistic children by raising some funds for families in need and for autism research. They had speakers talking about autism and how they are working with Congress to […]

Cydeways “Love for Two” Live Video | Top Shelf Reggae

Boston to Santa Barbara band Cydeways has a new live video for their single “Love for Two”, the latest off their recent But It Aint House Music debut LP. A track about the confusing qualms spurred about by a budding relationship, Cydeways jams out their relationship angst live style in this video shot and edited […]

Katchafire drops new single “Love Today” | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s no secret that big inspiration often comes from true love, something that New Zealand’s award winning superstars, Katchafire can certainly attest to in their latest release titled “Love Today.” The track stays true to Katchafire’s tried and tested formula of classic roots reggae, R’n’B and funk, as the track delivers another all-out sensory assault […]

Stick Figure at SLC’s Hangar House | Top Shelf Reggae

Stomp your feet to the reggae beat! The Stick Figure Above the Storm Tour passed through Salt Lake City on January 27th, leaving behind smiles and warmed hearts in their wake. Iya Terra, Twiddle and Stick Figure rocked the stage at The Hangar House in the heart of downtown Salt Lake. People of all ages cheered, […]

25th Annual Rototom Sunsplash takes shape | Top Shelf Reggae

The first announcement unveiling the initial artists signed onto Rototom 25 is finally here! As of this morning, Spain’s Rototom Sunsplash, otherwise known as the biggest European reggae extravaganza of all time, has taken shape for reggae-lovers far and wide. Situated on the breathtaking Costa Azahar Mediterranean beaches of Benicassim, Rototom is not your regular […]

Who deserves the Grammy Reggae Album of the Year?

Looking back, the year 2017 was a good year for Jamaican music, especially Reggae. The Chronology and Stony Hill albums were the two major albums of the year, the former written and co-produced by young reggae superstar Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton and the latter written by reggae icon Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. Latest News

KBong unveils “Open My Eyes” video | Top Shelf Reggae

Stick Figure keyboardist and influential solo artist, KBong, is making waves once again with his latest music video for “Open My Eyes” – a love song about living in the now. Walking along lavish and lush landscapes, KBong journeys across Hawaii in the video, taking in its innate beauty as if for the first time. It's […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Kwamevi “Faithful” (feat. E.N Young) | Top Shelf Reggae

Kwamevi (born Edem Kwamevi Agbottah) was born into the Ghanaian Ewe Tribe in Dallas, Texas, inheriting both West African and American traditions as a result. With an affinity to bamboo flutes and African rhythms, Kwamevi began playing classical guitar at age 15, influenced by music that speaks of self-awareness and togetherness. After releasing and producing […]

Stick Figure at Madison’s Barrymore Theatre | Top Shelf Reggae

After catching the Chicago, Illinois stop on Stick Figure’s Above The Storm Tour, Top Shelf Reggae drove about 3 hours north the next night to catch them at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Another beautiful sold out venue filled with music lovers anticipating Stick Figure with supporting bands Iya Terra and Twiddle on January […]

Stick Figure at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre | Top Shelf Reggae

Stick Figure’s Above The Storm tour is currently underway and Top Shelf Reggae was fortunate enough to attend several nights of this incredible tour. The lineup includes supporting acts by Twiddle and Iya Terra, and up first was a night with the bands in Chicago, Illinois at the Riviera Theatre on Friday, January 19th. The […]

Top Shelf talks with Tatanka | Top Shelf Reggae

Colorado-based and buffalo enthusiast band Tatanka has recently concluded a short winter tour alongside E. N Young, Dubbest and Bumpin Uglies. After 10 days on the road trekking around the continental southwest, the Tatanka boys took a break to chat with Top Shelf Reggae on tour highlights, future plans and weed preferences. 2017 was a […]