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San Diego Bayfest to bring reggae to Waterfront Park | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego at the beginning of summer is a beautiful sight. Combine that with the biggest reggae-rock bands in the business and you have the makings of an epic summer kickoff party! Every time Slightly Stoopid has a hometown show, the whole city comes together; now compound that with the second largest SD name, Tribal Seeds. Let's just say San Diego Bayfest 2019 has the right idea to expedite summer sunshine to the masses.

Every time Slightly Stoopid has a hometown show, the whole city comes together; now compound that with the second largest SD name…

Presented by Music Box and DM Events, SD Bayfest is a one-day fest filled with music and more at the sweet waterfront location of San Diego's Embarcadero Marina Park North. Coastal, tropical and smackdab downtown, The Embarcadero is home to many a music festival, including 91x's Scallywag, EDM's CRSSD Fest and a myriad of other mixed genre events, so it's only natural that a full day dedicated to reggae-rock pops up from time to time.

And, what a day of reggae it will be! Expected to host 7,000+ attendees, the premiere San Diego Bayfest will have tunes wafting over the ocean breeze starting at the crack of noon on Saturday, June 1st by Band of Gringos, HIRIE, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth and, of course, the aforementioned industry giants, Tribal Seeds and Slightly Stoopid. What would a Stoopid show be without direct support of some of these quintessential bands, anyway? The best part is, reggae-rock lovers are well aware that the bands listed for Bayfest continually intersect each other around the calendar year, considering each other pretty much industry family. To have them all celebrating in one place usually leads to a lot of jokes and once-in-a-lifetime on-the-spot collabs!

Lest we forget the deejays spinning the whole time. With sets from legends of the vinyl game — spinning only the best in reggae, funk and hip hop — DJ Unite and DJ Green T, dancing will be almost involuntary. You might know them from a groovy shindig over the last decade happening in Ocean Beach called Ocean Boogie. Speaking of OB, Alt 94.9's top reggae radio personality and Winston's Beach Club reggae night host DJ Carlos Culture in the mix! If those three collossal San Diego deejay names aren't enough, DJ Fresh One, DJ Schoeny, DJ Who and Paulo da Rosa will also be bumpin' their unique style throughout the day. San Diego Bayfest, you've outdone yourself.

Tickets are already on sale for SD Bayfest and you better believe that this summer jam will sell out soon!  Don't just think it's about the music either: SD Bayfest plans to offer craft beverages and food from San Diego vendors in between interactive arts and crafts booths. Talk about keeping it local! To grab your tickets now, visit www.sandiegobayfest.com.

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WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: SUNDUB “Burden of Love” | Top Shelf Reggae

Hailing from Brooklyn, the soulful sounds of SUNDUB are finally coming to streaming outlets tomorrow with their inaugural single “Burden of Love”! The track, off the band's forthcoming debut album, features the talents of Easy Star All-Stars' Chronic Horns and Larry McDonald, not to mention that it was mixed by Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills! Quite an impressive lineup, considering it's SUNDUB's first recorded release. Yet, this funky, groovy reggae band is far from the bottom of the totem pole, with the brother-sister team of Joanna and Ben Teters holding down the proverbial helm since the band's 2013 formation. Now, six years later, Top Shelf Reggae is proud to host the world premiere of “Burden of Love”, a single that shows off the band's unlimited potential they've had all along.

“Burden of Love” shines a light on the rush of emotions enveloping a budding relationship… yet forewarns that every rose has its thorns. 

With a danceable reggae beat and a cool guitar guiding the way, the track unfolds as an apprehensive love song (hence the title). “Burden of Love” shines a light on the rush of emotions enveloping a budding relationship… yet forewarns that every rose has its thorns. Sure, you want to cast aside “the doubts you've held onto” as you free fall into the unknown, but moving mountains for love also comes with a “price you will pay”. “When you love someone and you don't see their face… // When you wake up in a lonely place…,” Joanna sings, “That's the burden of love.” With gentle harmonized backup vocals delivering this missive, the chorus is as beautiful as it's bittersweet. A balance act, just like love.

Be the first to tune into this steamy hot jam before it hits digital outlets tomorrow by clicking the stream below! SUNDUB plans on releasing the full album mid-June, celebrating at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on June 13th. For more information on SUNDUB and their music, visit www.sundubmusic.com.

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Tribal Theory turns up the heat in “Midnight Getaway” single | Top Shelf Reggae

Well-balanced, genre-hopping bands are the best. Bringing a little hip hop, a little reggae and a little of everything else in between, San Diego band Tribal Theory pleases almost everyone, standing as a staple paving the way to the future of music. No exaggeration, Tribal Theory is the real deal. After the band's formation in 2005, the TT boys have racked up awards for their recorded releases one after the other, including “Best World Music Album of the Year” at the San Diego Music Awards in 2013. World music, you speculate? Yes, their diverse sound can even fit into that category.

Following a few lineup changes, the band is stronger than ever…

Following a few lineup changes, the band is stronger than ever, evidenced in the latest single “Midnight Getaway” that dropped on all digital outlets officially today. The song incorporates smooth rhythms, singalong lyrics and enough attitude to last all night (and then some). To women all dolled up at night with nowhere to go, why don't you ditch your absentee BF for a little debauchery Tribal Theory style. Hop in the whip for a “midnight prowl”, cruising top down and all out into the early hours, leaving your inhibitions in the dust. This snooze you lose, live-in-the-moment vibe is accentuated with Tribal Theory's signature easy-on-the-ears RnB harmonies, as well as the funky hip hop beat backing this bump-and-grind late night jam. The Tribal Theory boys aren't too devilish though, claiming “I ain't tryin' to serve up some controversy”; they're just taking advantage of being in the right place at the right time if the opportunity presents itself. So, question is, will you allow it? “It's the weekend” after all… indulge away, ladies. You know you want to.

Joining Tribal Theory on the track is Jeff Bernat and Rob $tone to generate the perfect blend of synth and substance. “Midnight Getaway” is currently climbing the online charts and is available to stream via the links below. With such a banging single right off the bat after a slight band hiatus, fans of Tribal Theory are eager to hear what's next. Another album? A summer tour? To be the first to know what's up Tribal Theory's smooth-talking sleeve, keep your eyes on www.tribaltheorymusic.com.

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No Kings shines with ‘Steady Yourself’ EP | Top Shelf Reggae

Ocean Beach band No Kings is back in action with Steady Yourself, a brand new four-track EP! No Kings hit the ground running since their start in 2013, rolling out three recorded releases in three years. By 2015, the band pumped the brakes, slowing their roll to bring out the best in their music and four years later, boy, did they bring it. Steady Yourself exemplifies everything you want out of beach life: surf vibes, bar scenes and smoky memories. If you have never ventured south to San Diego's Ocean Beach community, then you might not understand the vortex that inhabitants can find themselves in there. 10 years can fly by to find yourself still sitting at the same bar running into the same friends. However, living the high life (literally) might render some reality checks, brought forth courtesy of No Kings.

'Steady Yourself' exemplifies everything you want out of beach life…

Steady Yourself starts out with the title track, a playful walking bass and a heavy guitar. Such differing tonalities allows the song's subject matter of drinking with a vengeance to be spelled out in sound form: we find it fun to beat ourselves up weekend after weekend. Why do we do poison ourselves with long night's out over and over? “Steady Yourself”, my friend, before you dive too far out the deep end. As you chiggity check yourself before you wreck yourself, take the time to pipe down on some fresh ganja with an old acquaintance. “Friendly Fire” suggests what better way to catch up with an old flame than some herb. Talk about rekindling the fire. Song number three, “Kooks' Revenge”, takes you on a wild instrumental ride, surf rock styley. With news reports advising people to stay indoors echoing in and out in psychedelic fashion, listeners get a glimpse into manic minds prowling the streets. And, last but not least, the EP ends with “On the Floor”, complete with a bubble organ and a ska beat. A muted trombone meanders the background as lyrics like “you know I catch myself slippin' up a time or two” set the scene for this upbeat party song. Finding yourself with the sun in your eyes wandering a “back alley” at God knows what time… who hasn't been there?

No Kings has outdone themselves once again, maintaining a positive outlook even if some of the songs come with lessons to learn. Steady Yourself is out now on all digital outlets and to commemorate its release, the OB boys are already on the road promoting it! Stretching from San Diego to San Francisco and back, you can catch this lively band in action throughout April. For more information, visit their shiny new website at www.nokingsband.com.

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Track listing:

  1. Steady Yourself
  2. Friendly Fire
  3. Kooks' Revenge
  4. On the Floor

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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 streets draped in sticker-covered cars and the smell of sweet sensimilla and Nag Champa engulfing the oceanfront area (and about 50 miles surrounding)… Here we go, Day One of Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019.

It’s not déjà vu, just my third year in attendance. Mainly local artists were on site creating live and life-sized pieces, each making for the perfect selfie or group picture opportunity. When it comes to art and live artists, this festival has set the standard. Giving back to the incredibly receiving St. Pete community is big in the book of what this fest is all about. The ocean breeze engulfed my hair and sun blared down upon us as we finally made our way to good ol’ Vinoy Park. I wish someone had made a slow motion montage of the thousands of people walking the beautifully bold and old-fashioned brick streets towards the venue. It is such a magical place, man. Now onto the music. Xperimento opened up Day One on the SMKFLWR stage, which was located in the Bay Area of the park. The backdrop is the city of St. Pete with a giant port. This vibrant and spicy performance commanded my attention and made me dance instantly. Next up were the native jammers of Guerilla Panic on the same SMKFLWR stage, where the local love was shown as well as received. For the fourth year performing on the main Rise Up Stage, we welcomed another group from St. Petersburg — Oceanstone. These guys show lots of love to their fans and I strongly suggest catching a live show!

Here we go, Day One of Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019.

It was time to run over with a certain 7-year-old to shoot Bret Bollinger of Pepper. Be sure to check out his solo album LoFi out now! The new album is amazing and catching this set was a must. A few hours before his band took to the main stage, Bollinger brought it HighFi to the SMKFLWR stage and to everyone in a five-mile radius. The one and only Josh Heinrichs set out spreading his mission of love and quality vibrations. I have never seen this guy with anything but a gigantic smile on his face. This area, St. Pete, always has a warm welcome for Josh and this festival is no exception; sets like his are the main reason I wish I had someone to love on while the music intoxicates the crowd around me. Next on the Rise Up Stage was a band I didn’t think I would ever get to see. Sticky Fingers was the biggest highlight of the entire festival for me, other than JJ, the 7-year-old photographer in the pit beside me. Sticky Fingers definitely took me to another place while opening up with one of the best, “Land Of Pleasure”. They played a little bit of everything and, by everything, I mean nothing but the best. The breeze from the ocean 50 yards away was welcomed by all and the set was perfection.

Back at the SMKFLWR stage, I stumbled on Ms. Nattali Rize enlightening everyone in sight. She places her soul on a platter, performing with wisdom and intellect against the rise of Babylon and any forms of discord and dislike. She makes you feel grounded and that is everything. I took on a second solo photographer at that time out of Orlando, Florida. He is tight with most of the bands and accepts the role I’ve given him as unofficial weekend ‘Top Shelf Reggae Rep’. As we approached the photo pit, the crowd was roaring and ready. Leaving it all on stage with a special appearance from KBong, Pepper got the crowd amped to an incredible high. These guys are so fun; you don’t just watch them, you vibe with them and feel like you're at a party. Bret Bollinger brought my little assistant photographer onstage and had the crowd show him love. It was pretty outstanding and I couldn’t help but think I was slightly outshined, lol. Access backstage for one song turned into the entire weekend for my kid assistant.

Common Kings followed with their slick lyrical styling, paired with incredible melodic and musical tempo. The SMKFLWR stage was getting a beating and it was from all of the funk. 40 years and still going hard, Steel Pulse hit the SMKFLWR stage with the calm of a new moon. Not one person over by the oceanfront stage was unhappy during this set. At this point, I looked up and realized some of the most timeless roots reggae music was speaking soundly with strength through the palms. Amen to these OG’s and take note artists just starting out expecting the world and then some — stay humble. I then spoke with a couple I met at the Stick & Movement NYE show in Orlando who are both now in their 70’s and think catching Stick Figure live is their idea of a great date night. Can you say relationship goals?! While the sun had fully set into the water's horizon, the stage lights began to dance and Cocoa the Tour Dog entered out to the sold-out crowd of thousands. It was a magical set and all I could see for what seemed like miles was “Smiles On Faces”. Stick Figure is a game-changer if you need some chill in your life. Just incredible, as always. Sun kissed and exhausted, zombie-like hippies lined the streets heading back to our hotels, Airbnb’s, couches, floors and hommocks. The real champs attended afterparties while I enjoyed an incredible bed early in preparation for Day Two.

The second day began with a shower and a strong cup of Café Bustelo®. I checked my gear and waited as most of my equipment charged. I mentally reminded myself to be in the moment. Those go by so quickly. My friend stayed behind as I left on the six-minute walk to the park from my Airbnb. I saw so many great people in that six minutes that I wish RRUF was once every season. Getting in the festival gates early gives you a great opportunity to check out the environment, artists, vendors and talk with festival workers. Vinoy has some of the best security, (shout out)!!

Day Two started off with Artikal Sound System on the SMKFLWR Stage — a beautiful visual and musical performance. I always enjoy seeing an artist in a trance grooving to their own music. Be on the look out for this band! I find them extremely intruiging and all the ingredients are there. The next set was one of the coolest things most of us had ever seen. In case you don't remember who these beach bum rockers were from the weekend, maybe lead singer J Kool’s backflip from a tent top on the stage may help jog your memory, stoner. Serenation are locals who just rock. The amount of energy they bring makes it so hard to look away. If you missed J Kool step it up once again by crowdsurfing for what seemed like five minutes, then you missed, hands down, one of the best sets all weekend. I love this band. By the way, the bassist is a badass chick who holds them all down. Get it, girl! 

The sea of people went on and on until it reached the actual ocean.

Another band with the four year RRUF Alumni status is a group I know and love, Summer Survivors, out of Sarasota, FL. I’ve personally watched this lineup change over the years, but what they have now is 'it'. A new vivacious singer, a drummer with vibes for days and a contagious smile, and a guy who has never let any of it hit the ground. I totally suggest giving these Summer Survivors and the new stuff they are making a listen. I personally can’t wait. San Diego natives and friends, Through The Roots, took over the SMKFLWR stage for another ridiculously great performance. The set was smooth and crisp and reminded me that I need more TTR in my life. Arise Roots followed on the Rise Up Stage and gave an incredible live performance, too. I always try to catch these guys when they tour: such good people, vibes so sunny. 

Since both myself and my 7-year-old sidekick share the same favorite bands, we pushed through the sea of dreads and patchouli smoke to the best second stage I’ve ever seen. SMKFLWR, what’s up!! It was time for The Movement and we were ready. JJ and myself met two years ago on my birthday during their Sounds Of Summer tour. He was then five with headphones on and the son of some of my favorite music family members. That didn't stop him from being front and center, riding the rail in his mom's arms and jamming to none other than The Movement. We kept in touch and always talked shop (camera stuff) at shows. He’s usually captured sitting on the rail in many of my shots. Anyway, JJ went backstage (since every band gave him all access) and asked Joshua Swain, MVMT’s lead singer, if him and myself could have all access for the set. Josh agreed. Thanks again, JJ! The set incorporated some stuff off of the Golden album and some new tracks like “Siren” and “Cool Me Down”. When you looked out at the crowd, you saw a sea of people and not an available spot in sight. The sea of people went on and on until it reached the actual ocean. So, I guess you could say the crowd was neverending. Needless to say, the boys blew all of us away and Matt Goodwin offered up a guitar solo at the end that was so fucking nuts. Congrats guys, what a set.

There’s something about an honest and open woman that is such a beautiful and empowering thing. Some may even call that woman a queen… or Patricia Jetton, leader of an incredible band of loveable misfits and otherwise known as HiRiE. In six-inch heels and with daughter, Beija, watching intensely, HIRIE moved a crowd of people off their feet. Not only is the music she and the guys make real, intense and unapologetic, it is also five star. HIRIE took time from her set to touch on mental health, addiction, love, loss and life as we have a female revolutionary on our hands. Never stop HIRIE, much love.

I have seen J Boog on a number of occasions and I truly feel each time is better than the last. Another heavy-hitting artist who simply coexist with others so cohesively. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good J Boog set. Ziggy Marley has a calming vibe that I very much appreciated as the sun went down and the wild things began coming out to play. There is a certain vibe and mystique to the Marley brothers and I find them, as well their individual performances, captivating. I have been listening to next duo since middle school and they sure did come out swinging. Method Man walked out first as Redman followed. They played back-to-back bangers, shared spliffs with the crowd and spit water at all of us. What if I told you I didn’t wash my hair and just re-straightened it? For some, that performance had to get cut short to head back over to the main stage to see another favorite and groundbreaking band, Slighty Stoopid.  The evening was made as soon as I saw the red solo cup get lifted up to cheers the crowd. Slightly Stoopid ignites a fire in many of us and it becomes more than just music. I left the pit and sat in a chair in the back for the remainder of the set. All I could think about was how lucky I was. Don Carlos made a very special appearance and brought with him a smile for days and a sequin jacket that made us all look sloppy. I stayed and talked with Cocoa for a little then made the short trip back to that comfy bed, legs feeling like solid tree trunks and I was off to sleep.

If you have read this far, you are correct in assuming I did not break my face this year (reference RRUF Day Two 2018). Day Three, otherwise known as St. Paddy’s Day, could not offer me enough caffeine. But, hey, JJ and myself had another full day ahead of us and we handled it like pros. The Honey Hounds surprised us all and, in the same token, gave us what we needed. A change-up. The band threw us a curveball and I definitely want to see more from them. I caught Tribe Of I with some friends and I could not stop saying how great they were! Now that I’ve heard them live, I’m spoiled. They're so good and the diversity was unique enough to catch my full blown attention. Hopefully, they set an east coast tour soon. Jah 9 was relaxing after a walk in the hot sun. The rain subsided for the weekend and we were grateful. Bumpin Uglies has grown so rapidly in size that someone in the crowd even held a “Play Dayman” sign. One of my faves out of Maryland, this band is what you should strive to be if you are in the pursuit of musical success. The set was insanely amazing: the crowd knew every word along with myself and it felt like home. No matter what type of music you like, you will never be able to deny the talent — musically and lyrically — that Uglies puts out. Check out their new EP Buzz out now and thank me later!

I thank you all for making this event grow more and more each year.

Since 2008, I’ve been ‘buzzin’ over Shwayze and his “Corona And Lime”-themed style. This was such a fun set and it definitely brought me back to a much simpler time. Keep touring, man, I loved it! All-around fan favorites was what was left of the RRUF19 lineup and the un-official St. Patrick’s Day band, Fortunate Youth, had a performance of a lifetime. Equipped with a proposal of two wonderful souls, Fortunate Youth is one band that steadily brings love to the darkest of paths. Absolutely nothing was different about this performance. These guys are another group of kind and genuinely humble humans. The set was incredible and made my day.

The SMKFLWR stage was about to get its worst beaten yet as Iya Terra hit the stage. I have been following this band the longest and they have moved actual mountains in the three short years I have been a fan. Another set in which the crowd knew every single word and sang them all. Tribal Seeds put on a seamless performance for the second year in a row at the main Rise Up Stage. This band is predictable in the sense that they are always great; they own the music they play and have honed their craft to perfection, in my opinion. Shout out to their videographer and my personal friend, Jozer! His work is on point. Trevor Hall is for lovers. I don’t know what else to say on this topic. Talent like his is unparalled and you feel each emotion, each riff and each pause. When you feel the music… thank you, Mr. Hall.

As I left, I gave my best bud JJ the camera I had shot so many shows and monumental experiences with. I had named her Clementine about eight years back and told him she needed to be looked at, but worked fine. I gave him the camera and told him not to change her name. He agreed and smiled from his heart. Here’s to supporting each other. Closing up this wonderful time and so many’s lives was none other than Rebelution. I had to catch my Lyft home as Reb hit the stage, but I heard about three songs as I waited a little ways up the street. The stars were shining like they had something to prove and my mind was drifting to my home and the reality I had waiting for me. I thank you all for making this event grow more and more each year. I thank you for your smiles and laughs, your stories and triumphs, as well as the hardships and raw honesty. Until next time, Reggae Rise Up 2019 is a wrap.

Photography by Jay Cohen

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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.

Stephen Marley and his band filled everyone with inspiring energy…

Stephen Marley, proud son of legendary Bob Marley, and his band emitted vibes of freedom, positivity and love during the whole evening. The audience reciprocated singing every word, harking to the music, shouting in chorus. Standing in the crowd, one could experience something intimate at the same time. 

Stephen Marley and his band filled everyone with inspiring energy performing legendary songs and this evening couldn’t be more magical.

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Outside Lands returns to San Francisco summer 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

Everyone's favorite festival by the bay is back for 2019, complete with headliner Paul Simon coming out of musical sabbatical to celebrate! That's right, Outside Lands 2019 is upon us, prompting music, art and cuisine lovers near and far to return to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park August 9th through 11th. With almost too many musical acts to count, Outside Lands rises above and beyond the multi-day weekend experience year over year. How is this accomplished, you ask? Let us elaborate.

Outside Lands does things a little differently.

Outside Lands does things a little differently. Like Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, Outside Lands is broken up into smaller city-states, (if you will). Inside the gates, attendees are encouraged to explore more than the musical stages. First stop, Beer Lands, curated by Magnolia Brewing Company's Dave McLean with a focus on northen California's ever-evolving craft beer industry. Beer not your thing? Wine drinkers rejoice in Wine Lands, located right next to Cheese Lands (for what's wine without cheese??). Now, it's pretty standard to dedicate beer gardens to the 21+ crowd… yet, Outside Lands takes it a step further. Introducing the first-ever medical cannabis experience at a major U.S. festival — Grass Lands. Let the smoke fill the air like you just don't care. Hungry from all the indulgences? Outside Lands' Taste of the Bay Area keeps the cuisine coming from the fest's GastroMagic stage — combining top chefs with music, magic and more — to Outside Clams, where SF's renowned Woodhouse Fish Company has been holding down the shellfish front for almost a decade. Speaking of marine life, Eco Lands located near the Panhandle Stage in Hellman Hollow will preach consciousness, community and sustainability to the masses with action items on the agenda throughout the weekend. Let's make the world a better place! But, if you'd rather disconnect altogether, we don't blame you. Rest your festival feet on top a toadstool in Outside Lands' Bubble Tea Party, a fairylike forest meant for fun and frolicking.

Now that you've gotten a handle on the layout, let's talk performances. Before we launch into the much-anticipated musical acts, don't forget Outside Lands' comedic lineup at The Barbary (coming soon) and the fest's exciting speaker series known as D.A.V.E. — Discussions About Virtually Everything. Expanding your mind in between dancing to your fave artists isn't the worst way to spend a weekend! 

Okay, without further ado, it's time for the big reveal. For 2019, Outside Lands welcomes Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Flume, blink-182, Kygo, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne as official headliners. Accompanying these heavy hitters is Hozier, RL Grime, Ella Mai, Counting Crows, Flying Lotus #D, Alina Baraz, Mavis Staples, Bebe Rexha, Sheck Wes, The Neighborhood, Santigold, Better Oblivion Community Center, Toro y Moi, Denzel Curry, Lauren Daigle, San Holo, Judah & the Lion, Big Wild, The Marias, Nahko and Medicine For The People… So. Many. More. The entire rundown encompasses all genres almost equally, leaving no room for anyone's musical tastes to be waitlisted. 

Tickets for Outside Lands 2019 is officially on sale as of last week, meaning that now is the time to jump on passes before prices go up! General admission and VIP weekend passes also fall under payment plan options, for those that need a few payments to lock down their entry. If you really want to ball out in the bay this summer, Outside Lands offers their Golden Gate Pass for $1595 per person… just throwing that out there. Single day tickets are not for sale at this time although shuttle passes, both local and regional, are! For more information or to grab your tickets now, visit the links below or www.sfoutsidelands.com.

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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 island reggae and reggae rock borderlines, so don't think we're throwing shade here; those boys are their own anomaly. Back to The Green.

'Black & White' wraps itself around listeners like a warm blanket — cozy, comforting and bringing all the feels.

Over the past nine years, The Green has pumped out four solid full-length albums, each embodying island vibes in the highest and hosting radio bangers from Hawaii to the mainland and beyond. Now almost a decade since their premiere self-titled album, The Green boys are back with Black & White: an acoustic album of remixed fan favorites off Easy Star Records.

Starting with a downplayed version of “Alone”, a throwback all the way to their 2010 self-titled album, Black & White wraps itself around listeners like a warm blanket — cozy, comforting and bringing all the feels. Almost as if The Green were performing an unplugged night at your favorite island tavern, the album continues with all the band's most cherished tracks. “Good Vibration”, “Runaway Train”, “Chocolate & Roses”, “All I Need”, “What Will Be Will Be”, “Wake Up”… the list is 15 deep. Each acoustic track has new flair attached to it, whether that be harmonized a capella vocals, more of a flamenco feel to the lead guitar or simply an altered tonality from its original timbre. Stretching across all four albums (The Green, Ways & Means, Hawai'i '13 and 2017's Marching Orders), Black & White celebrates every step of the way towards the band's heightened status of today.

Now available on all digital outlets, the album can accompany you on an easygoing Sunday drive, unwinding at night with a special someone or ease your nerves no matter what time of day. Enjoy The Green live at Red Rocks Aptil 19th alongside 311, Method Man & Redman, Dizzy Wright and Jesse Royal before the band hits the road on a mini-tour starting May 17th. And, naturally, what would Cali Roots be without an appearance by The Green? For more information on tour dates and more, visit the links below or www.thegreen808.com.

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Track listing:

  1. Alone
  2. Good Vibration
  3. Runaway Train
  4. Love I
  5. Alive
  6. Decisions
  7. What Will Be Will Be
  8. Going Up
  9. Chocolate & Roses
  10. Trod The Hard Road
  11. All I Need
  12. Wake Up
  13. Foolish Love
  14. Never
  15. Good One

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Satsang at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach | Top Shelf Reggae

Fans flocked together in Hermosa Beach, CA to be blessed with an intimate performance by Satsang at Saint Rocke on Friday, March 8th. Lead singer Drew McManus, guitar player Karl Roth and drummer Ben Teters took to the stage for a magical night of songs filled with hope, self-awareness, personal growth and change.

… a magical night of songs filled with hope, self-awareness, personal growth and change.

Drew spoke about an artist that he and his family recently found on Instagram. He said that they could not stop watching and listening to the clip, so he reached out to a budding artist by the name of Katie Buxton. After spending a few years in Nashville pursuing her music and feeling stagnant, Buxton trusted her intuition and moved to Los Angeles. She began sharing her music on Instagram allowing Drew to discover her. When the band learned of Satsang’s Los Angeles show, they decided to have Katie join them onstage to sing the song “Between”.

With the upcoming March 22nd release of their third full length studio album, Kulture, I sat down with Drew to talk about the origin of the band’s name, their new album, lyrics, a possible collaboration and his take on current music. Satsang means “a gathering of people to share their truths; to associate with true people”. While on a trip to Nepal, Drew was invited to a Satsang by a local native. it was then he thought, “If I ever have a band, that’s what I’m going to call it.”  The new album's influences come from combining the bands own unique sound with their love of 70s rock and 90s hip hop.

Drew speaks openly about his past struggles with depression and addiction; the songs he writes reflect those struggles and the beauty that comes from them. I was having a dark day myself the first time I heard the song, “I Am”. The smooth sound of Drew's voice and the spiritual lyrics brought me out of that place. Drew said the lyrics came when he himself was depressed and not sure if he wanted to continue pursuing music. Since then, fans like myself have shared with him their stories and the song has taken on new meaning to him as if he has fallen in love with it all over again. During the live performance of this song, Drew led the crowd through a meditation, encouraging to let go of the negative thinking we’ve been holding onto. He invites the crowd to scream at the top of their lungs, releasing that negative energy to open a space for self-reflection and growth.

Satsang has been linked to greats like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trevor Hall, Mike Love, Nahko and Medicine for The People and Steel Pulse, even drawing the attention of HIRIE! When I asked Drew about a possible collaboration with HIRIE, his response was, “Hell yes! Give us a call, HIRIE!”. Now wouldn’t that be amazing?! Other influences he mentioned are Blu from Los Angeles and a young man from New York, named Bishop Nehru. We chatted about hip hop, rap music and the difference between the two. When I asked what he looks forward to, he said, “Looking back in 50 years and be like 'we did that'!!”

Satsang has created music and sold out shows. Not too shabby for a guy from the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. The band continues to tour this year in support of the March release of Kulture. Be sure to catch them!

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Sensi Trails talks new single “Just Livin’” feat. KBong | Top Shelf Reggae

Sensi Trails' new single “Just Livin'” is now streaming on all digital platforms! Six months ago, I met with the band to cover their journey from North Carolina to California. Since then, they have had so many positive experiences to share with us, including working with KBong and producer E.N Young of Imperial Sound Studios. Get all the details of the creative process to “Just Livin'” in this exclusive interview with Kyle Rising.

It’s been about six months since we first interviewed you when you first moved to California. How are you settling in?

  • KR: Has it really been six months already? I guess the time flies when you're having fun! The west coast has been treating me well. I've met some great people and made some really good friends in the short amount of time that I have been here. The reggae scene in San Diego, more specifically Ocean Beach, is like no other. The people here genuinely love the music and the culture surrounding it. Pretty much every time I walk down the street, I hear reggae music playing… whether it’s from the speakers of a nearby restaurant, a car stereo driving by or performed live at a local venue. The reggae scene in San Diego is alive and well. Some of my favorite venues include Winston's, 710 Beach Club and, it’s not really a venue, but we had a blast performing at the OB Farmers Market.
  • The California lifestyle/vibe has always influenced my songwriting. Even before moving here, I pulled inspiration from all the great bands that call California their home. So many people live in this beautiful state, which include the majority of people in the music, film and entertainment industry. 

Can you tell us about your writing process for “Just Livin'”?

  • I actually wrote “Just Livin'” right before I moved to San Diego. I was in a very transitional part of my life; everything seemed to be falling apart. I was working every day at a fish frying shack on the beach to make ends meet. My girlfriend at the time had just left me for someone I trusted and I had to move out of the place that we were renting together. My band was falling apart because the drummer that I had started the band with no longer wanted to pursue music. I had to cancel many shows that were already booked.
  • I moved in with a friend of mine and was living in his guest bedroom. I spent a lot of time alone and did a lot of thinking. This was when I wrote “Just Livin'”. Even though things weren't going great at the time, I knew what I wanted and knew that I had to stay focused and keep going in order to make things happen. Life can really throw some curve balls sometimes, but that’s the beauty of it. It keeps things interesting. It’s not always good vibes, but the valleys make the peaks so much better. This song will be the title track off the new album which represents a theme of events that have occurred in my life over the past couple years. Lessons I’ve learned, dues I’ve paid and the highs and lows in relationships.

Congratulations on being voted by fans to perform at this year’s Rasta Paw Festival! How did it feel to see the reggae community reach out and support?

  • We are extremely excited about the Rasta Paw Festival and we would like to thank all of our friends and fans that voted to help get us on the bill! We also just found out that we will be performing at Kush Stock on 420! We are extremely excited about this. Cannabis events are always a smoky good time!

Has the release of the new single promo clip triggered a lot of feedback from friends or other musicians?

  • People have been reacting well to the sneak peek that we released for the video. It has definitely gotten the attention of many different people, including people I grew up with, people I have worked with and fellow musicians that I look up to. I am very excited to see how people respond now that we've released the full song and upcoming video. The song was produced by E.N Young at Imperial Sound Studios and the video was produced, directed and edited by Garret Laver with Video Kitchen Productions.

Be sure to check out Sensi Trails' new single through the links below and be on the lookout for their music video dropping Friday March 29th!!

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