Dry Diggings 2017 | Top Shelf Reggae

We arrived to the first day of Dry Diggings later than originally planned, but we could still feel the excitement in the air as the sun began to set and Barrington Levy took the stage. The Expendables followed Barrington’s high-energy performance. They rocked the stage as always with shredding guitar solos. The beat-boxing rapper, Matisyahu […]

The 3rd Annual KAABOO MIX-perience | Top Shelf Reggae

What to say about the third annual KAABOO Del Mar Festival… what not to say, rather? Being stationed on the coastline of sunny San Diego in mid-September is not a bad place to be in the first place, let alone reveling in celebrities and surprises, with everyone around you having the time of their lives. […]

Sammy J announces Mixed Feelings Tour | Top Shelf Reggae

Sammy Johnson, a.k.a Sammy J, has been making waves in the reggae scene for years with his islander vibes coinciding with his heartfelt lyrics. To be honest, the man makes the ladies melt. Watching him live is like witnessing a bunch of women in heat, all competing with each other to lock eyes with the […]

House of Reggae Pt. 190 – Royal Special

You are cordially invited in to Ian’s humble abode of Jamaican music as I crank up the gramophone and pull out an hour’s worth of majestic Jamaican music for the House of Reggae’s Royal Special… Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody Prince Buster – Kings Of Old Vivian Jackson & Trinity – King Pharaoh’s Plague […]

High & Mighty 2017: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The inaugural High & Mighty Festival began with a bang, and the magic carried on over into Day Two in Garden Grove, California. Know-Madik took the stage first, and from what I hear, completely obliterated it with style, grace, and guest appearances. I hear this because the traffic north to OC from San Diego was […]

The Simpkin Project “Hustling” acoustic video | Top Shelf Reggae

Southern California's own Simpkin Project have released the acoustic music video for their recently unveiled deep cut “Hustling” from the upcoming, highly anticipated album titled Beam of Light. Their new album is set to be released on September 29th, 2017 and will be filled with their usual highly melodic reggae-blues sound. “This album is our […]

2nd Annual Rootfire at the Park announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Returning in its second year to Cocoa Riverfront Park, Rootfire at the Park has officially taken shape! Extended to three days this November 10th-12th in Cocoa, Florida, RATP 2017 stands as exponentially more than a typical music festival – it’s a true outdoor experience. Lineup aside, this particular fest thrown by Rootfire, Deuterman Productions and Ineffable […]

High & Mighty 2017: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Walking through the gates of the first annual High and Mighty Festival presented by KLOS was more like entering into the festival you've always dreamed of: free beer in an extensive craft beer garden to the right, a towering Yo-yo swing ride to the left, and two side-by-side stages waiting patiently in the distance to […]

The 1st Annual High & Mighty Fest | Top Shelf Reggae

Last weekend, on September 5th and 6th, KLOS presented the very first annual High & Mighty Fest in sunny Garden Grove, California. The line-up consisted of a perfect combination of some of the most talented reggae, rock, and hip-hop artists. However, this festival had a lot more to offer than just a great weekend of […]

Krooked Treez release new video for “Dr Kevorkian” | Top Shelf Reggae

Joined by renowned turntablist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Slipknot, and saxophonist for the band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Southern California’s own Krooked Treez released their brand new video for the track “Dr. Kevorkian.” Directed by Krooked Treez’s own Oscar Brown, this skillfully bass-heavy, hip-hop and reggae fused track shows the band’s versatility. Demonstrating a […]

The Ellameno Beat unleashes “Surface” album | Top Shelf Reggae

Living at the beach usually accompanies a laidback vibe – whether you're a surfer, a sun tanner, a yogi, or a yacht clubber. American reggae bands on both coasts envelope this sun-kissed energy, placing their unique imprint on promoting peace, love, and unity in between songs about day-drinking and night-crawling. One group in particular who […]

Simpkin Project announces new album Beam of Light | Top Shelf Reggae

Orange county’s Simpkin Project possesses a sound that seamlessly utilizes reggae, blues, rock, and Americana. Beam if Light, the band’s upcoming LP, features the six band guitar-fuzz-driven, drum-pounding songs that their fans have grown to love. The LP, produced by Rellee Hayden, is due out on September 22nd, 2017 under on VP Records’ Dub Rockers. Pre-orders […]

The Dubplates “Box Full Of Steel” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The Dubplates’ new album Box Full Of Steel is concurrently refreshing and reminiscent. The Charleston, South Carolina based group doesn’t seem to care about proving themselves as genre bending or cutting edge since their songwriting, and musical sincerity shines beyond anything real. The Dubplates is undoubtedly playing the heck out of their songs in concert, […]

Protoje “Blood Money” official music video | Top Shelf Reggae

Blood Money is the latest release from Jamaican reggae singer Protoje. The song lyrics provide hard-hitting, raw and unapologetic commentary on the current state of Jamaica, touching on recent grievances and social injustices that have afflicted Jamaican society. Protoje describes the air of discrimination, classism, and oppression prevalent in the Jamaican political landscape, calling out […]

Dirty Heads at SOMO Village | Top Shelf Reggae

A sell-out crowd came out last week to experience Dirty Heads, SOJA, The Green and RDGRNGLD at the SOMO Village in Rohnert Park. Packed with 3,000 fans, the show was the venue's first sell-out since Second Octave began hosting outdoor concerts there two summers ago. RDGLDGRN was a great addition to this epic lineup, helping to […]

DARENOTS unleash “Murda Whistle” video | Top Shelf Reggae

Toronto-based band DARENOTS are at it again, this time visually displaying their antics in the video for their latest single, “Murda Whistle”. Set to black-and-white and featuring disorienting blurs, the video weaves between an insider look of the band members themselves and what life is like for them on the road. Specifically, what life is […]

Experiencing Katchafire’s Legacy Tour | Top Shelf Reggae

New Zealand natives and legendary roots reggae band Katchafire has been busy traveling the nation this past year on their Katchafire Legacy Tour: Celebrating Twenty Years of Fiyah! The tour started in the spring of 2017, where they hit several states spanning from the east to west coast with Hawaiian reggae band, Inna Vision. This […]