House of Reggae Pt. 126 – Soul Special

It’s often said that if many of the great reggae vocalists who recorded in the 60’s and 70’s had been born in America, then they would have been as big as the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye and so I’m going to try and prove that theory today, as I’ve dug […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its 4th year and returning to its upgraded spot along the shores of Long Beach at the Queen Mary is One Love Cali Reggae Festival: southern California's fastest and fiercest reggae-rock festival to date. Now stretching three full days February 8th-10th, jumping from one its inaugural year, One Love 2019 has taken shape just […]

House of Reggae Pt. 127

Welcome aboard for another 60 minute journey through 50 years of fine independent Jamaican music… Skatalites – Confucious Joe Tex & U Black – Rub A Dub Evening The Beltones – No More Heartaches Joe Higgs – Wave Of War Carl Dawkins – Dreadful Situation Courtney John – Like Magic The Skatalites – Trip To […]

Surf City Blitz 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Having one stage for a festival is awesome! This was the case at Surf City Blitz Day Two in Huntington Beach, with a lineup so incredible that it would have been a shame to miss part of a set running between stages trying to catch some of your favorites bands. Thus, one stage to enjoy […]

Music Tastes Good 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The morning of Sunday, September 30th was filled with excitement, as Music Tastes Good attendees gathered once again at the fest's warterfront location in Long Beach. With musical jams to top the savory eats going on inside the Taste Tent, MTG Day Two was off to a great start with a mix of alternative, punk […]

House of Reggae Pt. 128 – Gospel Special

We are gathered here today for another 60 minutes of righteous Jamaican music, so get ready to clap your hands and stamp your feet, as today I’m delving deep back into the words, sound and power of the churches of Jamaica and seeing how traditional hymns, spirituals and praise songs went on to influence the […]

Satsang at LA’s The Moroccan Lounge | Top Shelf Reggae

Living up to the true meaning of 'Satsang', the band started their fall tour inviting along with them Tim Snider and Justin “Chitty” Chittams (of Nahko and Medicine for The People). The band played an intimate show November 2nd at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles to a crowd of fans that were there for […]

House of Reggae Pt. 129 – Independence Special

On the 6th August 1962, the union flag was lowered in Jamaica and the new green gold and black was raised to signal a new era for the island. This was celebrated at the time on many records, and so today, 50 years on, I’m picking out a few of my favourites from those heady […]

House of Reggae Pt. 130

After a brief hiatus, I’m picking up the baton once more and sprinting down the home straight to deliver you another hour of fine Jamaican music… Ranking Trevor – One Man Ranch Slim Smith – Turning Point Lutan Fyah – What A La La Jesse Royal – Modern Day Judas Al Campbell & Ranking Trevor […]

1st Arizona Roots Festival announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Love Cali Roots? Can't get enough of the reggae-rock festival scene? Well, lucky for you, from the founders of Cali Roots comes the 1st Annual Arizona Roots Music and Arts Festival this February in Chandler, AZ. A suburb of the greater Phoenix area, Chandler offers a diverse atmosphere for music and more with a younger […]

House of Reggae Pt.131 – Rastafari Special

Today I’m going to explore and enjoy some of the history of the Rastafarian faith as told through some fine Jamaican music as it’s time to praise the most high, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I in the House […]

Same Same But Different 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Campers craweled out of their tents to a sunny Sunday and Day Two of the premiere Same Same But Different Fest (SSBD) on the shores of the expansive and serene Lake Perris. Band Of Gringos paved the way to a music-filled day, followed by MDRN HSTRY with one of two festival founders on drums. A heart-warming […]

House of Reggae Pt.132

It’s time to fling open the doors to the House of Reggae once more and invite you in, as I mix in information, detail and trivia alongside the word, sound and power of some fine Jamaican music… Scion Sashay Success – It A Go Done Barrington Spence – Contemplating Mind Delroy Wilson & Ken Boothe […]

Taj Weekes & Adowa “To All My Relations” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Internationally acclaimed roots reggae group, Taj Weekes and Adowa released their 6th album, To All My Relations (TAMR) on October 12th. Recorded and produced by Steel Pulse musician/producer Sidney Mills, TAMR is a vibrant expression of the socio-political climate of America through the eyes of the bandmates. Filling our eardrums with 15 fresh new tracks, […]

Sensi Trails on the rise | Top Shelf Reggae

Sensi Trails is on the rise as band’s frontman, Kyle Rising, relocates to Ocean Beach, San Diego. Originally from Kill Devil Hills, a town on the outer banks of North Carolina, Sensi Trails has shared the stage with The Original Wailers, Pato Banton, E.N Young and Through the Roots. Kyle’s love for music started in […]

House of Reggae Pt.133 – Psalms Special

Today we’re going to hear the singers and players of instruments sing unto the Lord and make a joyful noise unto the Rock of our salvation as they come before His presence with thanksgiving and shout joyfully with psalms in the House of Reggae’s Psalms Special… Prince Far I – Psalm 95 U Roy – […]

Scallywag San Diego 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Saturday, October 20th marked the last stop on the travelling tour known as Scallywag Fest (or Ye Scallywag to some). Punk and ska promotion with the classy touch of craft beer, Scallywag cycles around in the fall, hitting cities such as Denver, Auburn and more. San Diego brought up the Scallywag caboose, yet boasted an […]

House of Reggae Pt. 134

Step this way for another 60 minutes of information, detail and trivia mixed in amongst some fine Jamaican music that is itself mixed up from all eras and genres, but with at least one over riding criteria, that it is mighty fine… Dennis Brown – Let Love In Delroy Butler – Oppression Jah9 – New […]

Catching up with The Expanders | Top Shelf Reggae

Los Angeles-based band The Expanders recently teamed up with renowned EDM artist Walshy Fire (of Major Lazer) to not only put out one rootsy riddim album, but two! With the latest LP release, Give Thanks For Life, now available on all digital outlets, the band took time to comment on their ever-unfolding career, the experience making […]

House of Reggae Pt. 135 – Feelings Special

I’ve lit some incense and created a welcoming ambience as I invite you in to sit cross legged on the floor so we can discuss our personal experiences and emotions in a sharing and empathetic kind of way as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s Feelings Special… Sharon Isaacs – Feelings Delroy Wilson – […]

Music Tastes Good 2018: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Day One of the 3rd Annual Music Tastes Good Festival, commemorating the life of the late Josh Fischel in Long Beach, started out Saturday, September 29th with temperate climates, eclectic tunes and sensational cuisine. Chefs from up and down the west coast were represented in the Taste Tent, with samples being consumed by the millisecond. […]

House of Reggae 2012 Annual

It’s the final show of the year, and I’ve got my traditional round up of some of my favourite tunes that have been released in the last 12 months, so pour yourself a big glass of Jamaican sorrel, cut yourself a chunky slice of sticky fruitcake and make yourself at home as it’s time for […]

Kash’d Out at I & I Brewing | Top Shelf Reggae

On October 7th, Kash’d Out played at I & I Brewing in Chino, California. I & I is always one of my places to see a show and, add in some Kash’d Out, to have a pretty perfect Sunday. Kash’d Out played an early evening set, making it great by being so small and intimate. […]

House of Reggae Pt. 136

It’s time to re-open the door and welcome you back in for the new year, so step inside and join me for some more fine Jamaican music, which will also include tributes to recently departed legends… Ken Boothe – Your Feeling And Mine Alton Ellis & The Flames – Honey I Love Clive Matthews – […]

KAABOO 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

Excited energy flowed throughout the Del Mar Fairgrounds the morning of Day Three KAABOO Del Mar 2018. With two full days of music down, there was still so much to go before KAABOO 4 was over! Arriving slightly past noon meant that early acts of David Francisco, Elise Trouwe, Bay Ledges and Chelsea Cutler were […]

House of Reggae Pt. 137 – Eyes Special

For those who have eyes to see, press the play button below, and then use your ears to hear 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s Eyes Special… Tab Smith – My Mother’s Eyes Mike Brooks – Who Have Eyes To See Don Evans & The Paragons – Danger In Your […]

The Temple Rockers reveal “Festival of Lights” holiday album | Top Shelf Reggae

Judaism and Rastafarianism – an unlikely pair one might think – yet, musically and historically, they are a complementary one made for a holy musical matrimony. Reggae bassist, David Gould (formerly of John Brown's Body), with his Ithaca-based band The Temple Rockers, along the likes of Jamaican singers Linval Thompson, Wayne Jarrett and Ansel Meditation, explore […]

House of Reggae Pt. 138

I’m offering up another selection box of fine Jamaican music featuring all your favourite rhythmical fillings and surrounded by the usual detail and trivia… Alva Lewis – I’m Indebted Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderella Protoje – Black Cinderella The Courtney John Project – Black Cinderella Errol Dunkley – Repatriation Third World Allstars – Repatriation Remedy […]

Stick Figure reveals 420 at Red Rocks party | Top Shelf Reggae

This week, Stick Figure excitedly announced their first headlining show at Red Rocks on Saturday April 20th, 2019! Red Rocks Amphitheater is located in Morrison, Colorado and looms at the top of many a person’s bucket list. What makes it so unique is the way that it is geologically formed between two to three hundred-foot […]