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One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

After two days of festive fun, eager fans raced through the gates in the rain on Sunday to get to carch HIRIE in action. The Orange County boys of The Simpkin Project followed on the side stage as New Zealand Reggae star Sammy Johnson followed main stage.

After two days of festive fun, eager fans raced through the gates…

The Ohana vibes radiated on the KOI CDB Stage with Hawaiian band The Green. Back for their second visit to the festival and bringing with them their catchy alternative/hip hop vibes, Katastro were next up on the second stage. Quickly following on the SMKFLWR Stage was GRAMMY recipient Morgan Heritage. Back over at the KOI CBD Stage, Orange County Natives, Common Kings brought their feel-good vibes to get the crowd moving, while Maui sweetheart, Anuhea, closed out the female performances of the weekend on the SMKFLWR Stage.

Crowd favorite, J Boog started out the evening sets on the KOI CBD Main Stage, with Josh Heinrichs following on the SMKFLWR side stage. As Iration kept the party going on the main stage, One Love Cali Reggae Festival newbie Kyle Smith took the crowd by storm.

The hip hop duo Atmosphere stormed onto the KOI CBD Main Stage with a vengeance while the reggae punk rhythms before Sublime with Rome closed out the weekend. With three sold out days in Long Beach in the books, One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 came to an end. Until next year!

Photography by Sean McCracken

Recap by Jenni Lynne

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WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: New Kingston “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You” | Top Shelf Reggae

New Kingston is at it again, with their spicy new single “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You” available on all digital outlets as of tomorrow off Easy Star Records! That said, Top Shelf Reggae is proud to premiere the sizzling track from the Brooklyn band of brothers we all know and love a day early! “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You” features a funky bass line, a chorus chorus and harmonized vocals that will make you melt. Don't get it twisted: New Kingston's flirty side is sweet as honey with pick up lines as cool as ice.

New Kingston's flirty side is sweet as honey….

Chanting “feed my flames” and “you're a natural”, the NK boys know how to turn up the heat. Synthy pop keys play on the listener's ear as the band's smooth RnB vibe mixes with a traditional reggae beat. Reggae scatting leads up to the bridge, adding a bit of jazz to the mix. It might be early March, but “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You” is the perfect segue into summer if there ever was one. Be sure to stream or download the single tomorrow, but until then, tune in via the link below! 

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Robert DeLong at San Diego’s Music Box | Top Shelf Reggae

The night of February 26th, 2019 fell on a Tuesday, but that hardly mattered to alternative-EDM fans of the DJ genius Robert DeLong. San Diego's Music Box was almost filled up by the time direct support MORGXN ended on his alt anthem “Home”, exiting his dimly lit stage to uproarious applause. MORGXN took attendees on a personal journey, commenting on how he wrote one of the songs he performed during his father's passing. Heartfelt and passion-fueled, concertgoers reveled in the truth MORGXN exuded throughout his performance. 

As intermission flooded the bar stools and the outside sidewalks with drink buyers and cigarette smokers, attendees waited for the musical mastermind we know as Robert DeLong to enter the evening. Sound techs tested several curious machines, making sure that whatever DeLong is about to be up to is up to par. A thumbs up was flashed to the soundboard from one of DeLong's backstage entourage, leading the lights to fall to darkness. Out from behind the curtain came Robert DeLong, dressed in a suit and holding peace signs high in the air to the soundtrack of a cheering audience. The show has begun. Beams of light zapped from floor to ceiling onstage; Delong, grabbing sunglasses and what looked like two metal blocks, started playing the them. That's right. Robert DeLong turns light beams into melodious sound. For he is a GENIUS.

Robert DeLong turns light beams into melodious sound. For he is a GENIUS.

He doesn't stop there, either. DeLong configured musical devices out of Nintendo 64 controllers, Wii controllers and joysticks. A gamer meets music dream, DeLong further bounced between a drum set, a guitar and a keyboard adjacent to his master control platform… one equipped with four televisions, flashing psychedelic images curving and wrapping around each other endlessly. The whole ensemble was an acid trip. At one point, DeLong fired up a video version of K. Flay to accompany him on their popular duet, “My Favorite Color Is Blue”. K. Flay's haunting demeanor broadcasted across all the screens was a chilling experience, to say the very least. Another highlight was when Robert DeLong called MORGXN back out onstage, who came bearing shots of liquor for the entire band before the two launched into a passionate (and somewhat sexual) collaboration.

The show was so spectacular that, of course, it was over way too soon. Following demands of “10 MORE SONGS!!” from the crowd, DeLong reappeared to encore with his own EDM version of White Town's 90s hit “My Woman” and a few more before calling it quits. The guy did happen to track a good 15 minutes' worth of drum solos between songs! Pouring sweat, Robert DeLong announced that he will be ready to take pictures with fans and sign autographs at the merch booth once he successfully “toweled off”. How brave to meet-and-greet an entire venue full of people riled up like that… Waiting to leave, his manager mentioned DeLong once stayed over two and a half hours after his set to make sure he met every one of his adoring fans. Extremely gifted, yet so humble. What a valuable and underrated asset to the music world.

Photography by Kristy Rose

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The exceptional KAABOO Cayman experience | Top Shelf Reggae

Boarding a plane to an island adventure is one thing; knowing your Caribbean vacation includes the first annual KAABOO Cayman is quite another. Following four successful years in San Diego's luxurious Del Mar Fairgrounds, the KAABOO crew decided to branch out of their SoCal bubble, advertising sister festivals on Grand Cayman island and inside the Dallas Cowboys stadium for the months of February and May, respectively. The world is KAABOO's oyster and this rising A-list fest is far from settling down any time soon. Knowing KAABOO, with music a mere anecdote to the experience, a Grand Cayman location would be the ultimate festival-lover's getaway. Plus, Fyre Fest just so happened to start trending, so it was conveniently KAABOO's turn to show the world how it's done.

… it was confirmed that Year One had sold out with 10k in attendance!

Deboarding the plane in a welcoming 85-degree heat, festival attendees had the privilege of picking up their wristbands right there in the airport. I was lucky enough to travel with my best friend, whose boyfriend was performing that weekend. Hello, artist shuttle! Meeting members of another performing band heading to the hotel (and making lifelong friends as a result), we reached our home for the next seven nights. That's right, I planned an extended stay – because, why not?! Grand Cayman is unlike any other… the people are so helpful, generous, hospitable. Roosters littered the streets, so no need for an alarm clock in the morning. You were officially on island time, anyway.

Friday, February 15th was slightly overcast, but far from the tropical storm that thundered the days prior. KAABOO always seems to generate perfect weather. Before you reached the gate, it was confirmed that Year One had sold out with 10k in attendance! Considering there is 60k people on the whole island, that's quite an accomplishment. The day kicked off with local acts like Rico Rolando's smooth hip hop and Suckerbox's punk rock anthems. You could tell the latter was a rather popular local act, with beloved cheers reverberating the grounds in between every Suckerbox song. The enigmatic trancy vibes of Transviolet were up next, with lead singer Sarah bearing it all in a lacy bodysuit. Jumping and thrashing about the stage, Transviolet's theatrics ignited a fire for the assembled festivalgoers. The time had come to drop all pretenses and lighten up. Plus, it was nothing but big names from then on out! Magic! took to the side stage next, whipping front-row preteens into a frenzy. Seriously, those girls were screaming every lyric back at the players (namely, lead singer Nasri Atweh).

Jamaican legend Maxi Priest exploded onto the stage next, cordially coaxing the crowd to participate in the reggae party as it unfolded. And, speaking of party, Flo Rida popping bottles and busting out hit after Top 40 hit did the trick. Mid-set, Flo Rida demanded women AND men come dance onstage with him. The women obliged without second thought; the men… not so much. In fact, out of the five men brave enough to showcase their dance moves was Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson after arriving by private jet. Country girls Margo Price and Marren Morris started sing-alongs before “Summer Of '69” superstar Bryan Adams took the main stage by storm. All the while, SNL comedians Norm MacDonald, Darrell Hammond and Kevin Nealon held down the 'HUMOR ME' stage. I had time to catch some of Kevin Nealon and let's just say, the man has not lost his touch, #dying

Last up on the side stage (if you could even call it that, with a sea of people sardined together) was Counting Crows; there's something so inexiplicably reassuring to see that lead singer Adam Duritz's hair hasn't changed since 1992. Night One went out with a bang (literally) when The Chainsmoker boys lit up the night with incredible pyrotechnics. Fireworks, smoke pillars and sparklers galore… to say people had an epic night is an understatement. Richard Branson took to the stage a second time that night to introduce The Chainsmokers, stuffing a good 20 cigarettes in his mouth to do so. If you waited your entire life to sell a Richard Branson cigarette on eBay, you finally got your chance.

Day Two was extra special for some. Due to the unanticipated mid-week thunderstorms, the Thursday night VIP performance by KAABOO Del Mar fan favorite Stealing Oceans was rescheduled for an exclusive, intimate Saturday brunch. For those that splurged for additional access and amenities, you were able to catch Stealing Oceans stealing the show yet again in the 'BASK' area (you know… the bougey lounge area a few steps from the ocean). With boats floating a few feet away, Stealing Oceans delivered such a captivating performance, no one was left standing idle albeit it being 10:30am. It could've been 10:30pm… it wouldn't have mattered with this talented bunch of boys. One Stealing Oceans member even front-flipped from the stage, bass in hand! Leaving the Bask area absolutely melted from dance sweat, ecstatic chatter could be heard from everyone recapping what they had just witnessed as a large, single-file line formed to take pictures with the band. Got to get your autographs now before these guys start selling out arenas!

The best part was, there was still a whole day's lineup ahead! Romain Virgo got the reggae going right off the bat, followed by American reggae-rock goddess HIRIE on the side stage. The reggae didn't stop there either, with Top 40 heavy-hitters Shaggy and Sean Paul to come! Touching on 90s radio, Salt-n-Pepa came out (sans Spinderella) to slay the stage. After pushing “real good”, Blues Traveler entertained the masses with their signature harmonica-infused, blues-folk jam band ways. +Live+ came out to uproarious applause, even collabing with Blues Traveler lead singer John Popper for a track!

… KAABOO Cayman will remain as an untouchable high in my heart.

Blondie appeared still wearing her “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” cape from her September performance in Del Mar (does she ever take that off??) before Zedd launched into the most intense, awe-inspiring light show you've ever seen. Around this time, as you watched silhouettes of women waving their arms high in the air as they sat on shoulders, soaking in the strobe lights and the booming bass, it hits you – you're in the Caribbean. You're watching Zedd. In the Caribbean. How could life get any better? Elated, Jason Derulo continued the pop show as comedian Wanda Sykes whipped people into stitches on the Humor Me stage. Let it be noted that Natasha Leggero and her husband tag-teaming the comedy performance earlier that day was an unexpected treat. Those two are inspiring as much as they are hilarious.

Like all great things, KAABOO Cayman 1 had to come to an end. Nobody wanted it, yet if it had to happen, closing down to Duran Duran was certainly how to do it. After 30 years, those Duran Duran post-punk pop stars still deliver. You barely had a moment to empty out into the slightly humid night before KAABOO Cayman announced on their social channels that the fest is set to return for 2020. Until next year, the tropical magic generated by KAABOO Cayman will remain as an untouchable high in my heart. Adrenaline rushes through my veins as I reminisce. KAABOO continues its ever-unfolding history with KAABOO Texas May 3rd-5th and KAABOO Del Mar September 13th-15th, so make sure to be a part of KAABOO 2019 wherever and whenever you can. Believe me, this is one festival that changes your life. 

Photography by Kristy Rose

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/the-exceptional-kaaboo-cayman-experience

Gary Clark Jr. explores all genres in ‘This Land’ album | Top Shelf Reggae

Texas guitar legend Gary Clark Jr. has rocked the charts this week with the release of his third full-length album, This Land: a politically-charged masterpiece, encompassing virtually all genres of music as a mosaic does with small pieces of glass. Woven into the tapestry of This Land is GCJR's signature blues sound among reggae elements, folk, acid rock, jazz, RnB and – dare we say it – even gangster rap. It might seem like Gary Clark Jr. has flown off the rails, but it's quite the contrary; he is getting more in tune with himself, one track at a time. Following the initial success of 2011's Blak And Blu and 2015's smashing Story of Sonny Boy Slim, this two-time GRAMMY-winner and all-out guitar shredder has hardly reached his peak.

'This Land' is unapologetic. Period. 

This Land is unapologetic. Period. Whether GCJR speaks out on the crumbling status of this nation or his (seemingly unsteady) personal life, he does so with such striking stamina and force that it's simply unequivocal. Gary Clark Jr. is to be taken seriously. Like a dark horse riding in the night in search of wrongdoing, the album begins with the title track and Gary Clark Jr. taking the reigns on racism. He's “paranoid and pissed off” after years of witnessing brother turn on brother and the American public fall victim to misinformation, hate and greed. Instead of insisting on a call to action from his listeners, GCJR takes action himself. “F*ck you, I'm America's son,” asserts GCJR, “…this is where I come from.” Pairing such stabbing social commentary to the 1940 patriotic anthem “This Land Is Your Land” (originally by American folk singer Woody Guthrie), GCJR implies that the song we learned as kids, one that overtly ingrained the principles of this fine nation in us, has long been forgotten. The distorted bass and wailing guitar throughout the track disoreint the listener; an audible anecdote on just how far down the rabbit hole we've fallen. Track two, “What About Us”, furthers this “there goes the neighborhood” vibe, with Gary Clark Jr. declaring that this vicious cycle won't end until we let it. “Call it what you want,” says GCJR… no one is bettering our circumstances, yet everyone has something to say about it.

Although the first two songs come with guns (and guitars) blazing, Gary Clark Jr. still likes to showcase his softer side. Tracks like “Pearl Cadillac”, “When I'm Gone” and “Guitar Man” all feature GCJR taking it down a notch to serenade the women in his life and their invaluable contributions thus far. “When I'm Gone” actually evokes a Motown-meets-modern essence, a track about returning home to your loved ones after extended time away. But, Gary Clark Jr. loves the road… specifically, the solo road. “I Walk Alone” illustrates his 'lone wolf' status best, stating he'd rather cast aside a lover than let her fumble around in his darkness. “It's not your fault!” He exclaims soprano style, yet GCJR does have a point. Isn't being alone better than being misleading? Or worse, being absolutely miserable? Pleasantries have flown the coop in the public realm long ago, so might as well eradicate them in the private sector while we're at it. 

And, just when you thought Gary Clark Jr. couldn't pull more tricks out of his sleeve, he goes reggae. Songs like “Feeling Like A Million” and “Highway 71” elicit a traditional reggae beat, a bubble organ and more psychedelic reverb than a Marley can muster. The latter track is straight up dubby! After an evolved, twisting album journey, Gary Clark Jr. ends with his familiar blues guitar in “Dirty Dishes Blues”. The end track, yes, but it's more than that; it's a metaphor bridging the gap from Gary Clark Jr. at the start of his career to where his head's at now. To be honest, all the songs reflect personal growth in one way or another, exemplified visually as a blurry figure standing with guitar in hand on the album artwork. Caught in the limelight of fame, yet preferring the shadows, Gary Clark Jr.'s enigmatic existence finds a balance in This Land. Perhaps it's time we all become so transparent.

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Track listing:

  1. This Land
  2. What About Us
  3. I Got My Eyes On You
  4. I Walk Alone
  5. Feeling Like A Million
  6. Gotta Get Into Something
  7. Got To Get Up
  8. Feed The Babies
  9. Pearl Cadillac
  10. When I'm Gone
  11. Guitar Man
  12. Low Down Rolling Stone
  13. The Governor
  14. Don't Wait Til Tomorrow
  15. Highway 71
  16. Dirty Dishes Blues

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One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Returning to the rain-drenched fields of the Queen Mary Events Park for Day Two of the One Love Cali Reggae Festival, fans watched as Analea Brown kicked off the day on the SMKFLWR Stage, while The Holdup set off the KOI CBD Stage for another day of roots, rock and reggae. Up next on the side stage were local boys Ital Vibes keeping the fans moving, while Tomorrows Bad Seeds kept them rocking at the KOI CBD Stage.

Two days down and one epic day to go…

Philly man Mike Pinto returned again this year to play the SMKFLWR Side Stage, bringing his unique horn-centric ska, punk rock-reggae sound. On the KOI CBD Main Stage, Huntington Beach Pacific Dub boys kept the crowds going in the cold. The Expanders brought their classic 70’s and early 80’s reggae sounds to the SMKFLWR Stage as South Carolina based reggae-rock band The Movement took to the main stage midday.

The high-energy antics of the Mad Caddies riled up festivalgoers over on the SMKFLWR Stage while Matisyahu’s booming bass could be heard echoing out from the KOI CBD Stage, a bass that left your vision blurry and ears ringing. After reggae legend and dub music pioneer Lee Scratch Perry entertained the crowd, four-time One Love performers and fan favorites, Fortunate Youth, brought the crowds in droves to the KOI CBD Stage.

Continuing with the theme of reggae legends, Yellowman performed on the SMKFLWR Stage as east coast reggae-rock pioneers SOJA took to the main stage where the great Don Carlos joined them. Dispatch kept things hopping until the Dirty Heads turned the energy up to the next level. The ever-positive vibes of Pato Banton filled the air on the SMKFLWR Stage, while the distinct ska, punk, funk and soul sounds of Fishbone closed that stage down for the night. Closing out the KOI CBD Stage, Ocean Beach heroes Slightly Stoopid brought their reggae-rock sound to a packed crowd, as Don Carlos joined them. Two days down and one epic day to go, stay tuned for Day Three highlights coming soon! 

Photography by Sean McCracken

Recap article by Jenni Lynne

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/one-love-cali-reggae-fest-2019-day-two

Arizona Roots 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

California Roots and reggae-rock fans flocked in fleets to the Rawhide Events Center in Chandler, Arizona for Day One of the newly formed Arizona Roots Festival. The morning of February 8th was a slightly chilly one, yet that did not deter festivalgoers to show up bright and early for local band Rilen' Out and Katchafire, all the way from New Zealand! Split between a main stage and a smaller side stage, this wild west-themed sister fest of Cali Roots was already off to a brilliant start.

…this wild west-themed sister fest of Cali Roots was already off to a brilliant start.

A staple of AZ Roots is showcasing local talent, which continued in full fashion on the side stage with The Yoties followed by the fun-loving bunch known as Clint Stevens. The main stage welcomed Trevor Hall before the GRAMMY-nominated talent of J Boog took over to much applause. With glorious colors stretching across the sky at sunset, Mike Love closed down the side stage preaching messages of love and respect for all humans before the highly-animated hip hop duo Atmosphere hyped up the night. Switching between holding up middle fingers with holding up each other's hands in unity, Slug of Atmosphere's conscious rap evoked raw emotion for all. Last, but far from least as it was only Day One, Cali Roots veterans Rebelution became the first headliner of AZ Roots! Stay tuned for Day Two coverage coming soon.

Photography by Kristy Rose

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/arizona-roots-2019-day-one

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: One Culture “Take Control” | Top Shelf Reggae

East coast self-proclaimed “progressive roots” reggae band on the rise, One Culture, celebrates new music as of today! The latest single, “Take Control” featuring Tony Brand of Cultivated Mind, follows in the band's known activist agenda with a clear call to action: let's take back the planet after centuries of destruction and “build a better world with the pieces left”. With a peaceful, traditional reggae beat and cooing backup vocals, singer Kurt Jansohn chants, “Evil is the disease and all greed is a contagion // Love is the antidote and unity is the foundation.” With these words in mind, “Take Control” unfolds as an uplifting deliverance in a world of confusion. 

“Take Control” unfolds as an uplifting deliverance in a world of confusion. 

This ecocentric song coaxes listeners to look into sustainable energy while loving one another a little more than we're accustomed to. Don't feel we're too far gone; our way of life needs work, but at least we have each other to lean on as we implement change. A smooth saxophone on the bridge emphasizes that we shouldn't be stressed or anxious about taking action either… we can accomplish anything if we do it wholeheartedly and systemically. Enjoy the exclusive stream of the new single below and look for “Take Action” to hit all digital outlets this Monday, February 25th!

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The full experience of One Love Cali Reggae Festival 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

With the statuesque Queen Mary, the glistening Pacific Ocean and the stunning Long Beach skyline as the festival back drop, sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park on Friday February 8th for Day One of the 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae Festival. LA-based Arise Roots kicked the day off on the Koi CBD Main Stage, placing their unique imprint on the reggae genre, as always. In support of their latest album Longshot and here for their third One Love Cali Reggae Fest appearance, Passafire could be heard kicking off the SMKFLWR Side Stage. The boys were nice enough to interview that day, so stay tuned for a Top Shelf exclusive coming soon! With the recent release of their first new music since 2001, Long Beach Dub Allstars took to the Koi Stage. New York based ska-punkers, The Slackers, kept things rocking on the SMKFLWR stage.

… sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park …

Uncle Don Carlos brought old-school reggae vibes while Ballyhoo!, promoting their latest album Detonate, kept fans dancing across the venue. Battling through sound issues like pros, The Expendables played a powerful set and explosive set on the Koi CBD Stage, giving fans a taste of what to expect on their upcoming Winter Blackout tour. They played a few fun covers such as Dre and Snoop's “Just Chill Til the Next Episode” and Afroman's “Because I Got High”. Fans flocked back over to the SMKFLWR Side Stage to see Los Angeles-based Iya Terra's Roots-Reggae sounds, covering Bob’s “Exodus” in between fan favorites. Warming up for their summer festival tour, next up was the always fun and fabulous Pepper on the Main Stage. Bret rallied the crowd to get loud for the spirit of Bradley Nowell and lead the crowd in a sing-along of the Sublime song “Garden Grove”. While entertaining loyal fans, the band also announced their plans for an intimate after party at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach. 

The Hawaiian roots music of Landon McNamara, supporting his latest release Still Kickin', followed on the SMKFLWR Side Stage. Continuing with the good island vibes were Tribal Seeds, who you can catch on the upcoming 311 Cruise (because, let's face it, reggae on a boat is better). Mike Love’s unique sound and lyrics kept the crowd in the 'One Love' spirit. Be on the lookout for our exclusive One Love Cali Reggae Fest interview with Mike Love! Stick Figure then took to the Koi CBD Stage, playing their popular song “Breathe”. Bret Bollinger of Pepper joined them onstage for a high-energy set singing “Smoking Love”; Cocoa the Tour Dog joined the band onstage, as well. Being the only female performer of the day, three-piece band Bikini Trill served up great beats on the SMKFLWR Stage. Trevor Hall followed on the side stage, bringing his mix of roots and folk music, inspired from his numerous trips to India. One Love Cali Reggae Fest Night One closed out with the traditional ska-reggae sounds of The Delirians on the SMKFLWR stage as festival veterans Rebelution closed down the Main Stage. Attendees huddling for warmth were happy they stayed, since Don Carlos surprisingly joined Rebelution! 

The One Love Cali Reggae Festival returned for Day Two, with a cast of iconic reggae musicians. Rain or shine! The skies dumped buckets of rain in the early morning, but by showtime, the clouds had parted and the sun shone down. Philadelphia bred and So-Cal transplant Mike Pinto returned again this year to play the SMKFLWR Side Stage, bringing his unique horn-infused ska with a hint of punk rock sound. On the Main Stage, Huntington Beach locals Pacific Dub kept the crowds going in the cold with their message of love and peace, sharing that a new EP will drop soon with a new tour to be announced. Celebrating the release of their new album Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2, The Expanders brought their classic 70’s/early 80’s reggae style to the SMKFLWR Stage, covering a Peter Tosh song. South Carolina based reggae-rock band, The Movement, took to the Main Stage in anticipation of their new album set to release in the spring.

The high energy antics of Mad Caddies got the crowd going and kicked up a pit over at the SMKFLWR Stage, while the bass from GRAMMY-nominated Matisyahu’s set on the KOI CBD Stage left your vision blurred and ears ringing. After, 82-year-old reggae legend, dub music pioneer and Jamaican music-producer, Lee Scratch Perry, entertained the crowd over on the side stage. Four-time One Love Cali Reggae Fest performers and fan favorites, Fortunate Youth, brought the crowds in droves while passing around a 15’ inflatable joint during “Pass the Herb”.

Continuing with the theme of reggae legends, dancehall deejay Yellowman’s electrifying performance on the SMKFLWR Stage kept fans dancing. Arlington, VA based SOJA took to the Main Stage where the great Don Carlos joined them. The band announced that they have been off the road for two months, writing a new album. The indie/roots band, Dispatch kept things hopping on the side stage until the Huntington Beach locals Dirty Heads took their place on the KOI CBD Main Stage to share their new song “Listen To Me”. The ever-positive vibes of Pato Banton filled the air on the SMKFLWR Stage, while the distinct ska, punk-rock, funk and soul sounds of Fishbone rounded out the night. Closing out the KOI CBD Stage, Ocean Beach-based crowd favorite and One Love Cali Reggae Fest alumni Slightly Stoopid brought their reggae rock sound to a packed crowd, who danced and sang trying to stay warm. Don Carlos joined that set as well, making him the One Love 2019 MVP.

Under dark clouds and rain showers, after two days of meet-and-greets, eager fans raced through the gates on Sunday to get to the KOI CBD Stage to see HIRIE perform. As the showers continued, HIRIE performed “Sun and Shine”, joking that it should be “Rain and Shine”. The band also announced that they are working on a new album. The now San Diego-based five-piece pop-reggae-fusion band, Mystics Roots, started out the day on the SMKFLWR Side Stage with a radiating show. Fans trudged through the mud to see Huntington Beach, CA favorites The Simpkin Project as they played through being cut off at the end of their set. We even caught Scott Clayton from New Leaf there in support of the band. With his latest EP release Moonlight Lovers climbing the charts, New Zealand reggae star Sammy Johnson followed HIRIE on the KOI CBD Main Stage with his eclectic reggae, ska, jazz and soul sound.

Adding to the strong female presence at One Love Cali Reggae 2019, the dynamic Nattali Rize took to the SMKFLWR Stage for a high-energy set, impressing fans as she played jimba, pumping up the crowd who was already singing along. Continuing with the Ohana vibes on the KOI CDB Stage, was Oahu-based The Green, bringing their modern reggae sound meshed with traditional sounds of the islands. Back for their second visit to the festival and bringing with them their catchy alternative/hip hop vibes, Katastro followed on the SMKFLWR Side Stage. Supporting their latest album release, Washed, Katastro rocked fans in the rain. Quickly following on the SMKFLWR Side Stage was GRAMMY-winning Morgan Heritage: the band of five siblings who are touring promoting their latest album Avrakedabra. Back over at the KOI CBD Stage, Orange County Common Kings brought their feel-good vibes to get the crowd moving. As they played a cover of “Could You Be Loved”, the rain stopped and the sun tried to push through the clouds to shine down on the dancing crowd. Maui sweetheart, Anuhea, closed out the female performances of the weekend on the SMKFLWR Stage sharing her signature pop, R&B and reggae sound. Check out her latest album Follow Me: Deluxe Hawaii Edition!

The 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae festival showcased many different sounds and bands from around the world…

GRAMMY-nominated, crowd favorite and Long Beach native, J Boog started out the evening sets on the KOI CBD Main Stage. Fans sang along to classics like “Good Girl” and had surprise guest Fiji join the electrifying band on stage. The soul-filled reggae sounds of Josh Heinrichs kept the feel-good vibes of the weekend going on the SMKFLWR Side Stage that had fans grooving along. In anticipation of their upcoming summer tour, alternative/reggae group Iration kept the party going on the KOI CBD Main Stage as they lit up the crowd.

One Love Cali Reggae Fest newcomer, Kyle Smith, took the crowd by storm on the SMKFLR Side Stage. With his latest single release “Astray” dropping in a few days, Kyle and his band showcased their talents and musical influences, tossing in a bit of punk in the mix which got a pit going in the rain and cold weather. Hopefully, you got your free EP at the show! After three-year hiatus, Groundation, the roots-reggae band from Sonoma County, returned with new members and new music. Blessing the side stage fans with an incredible set supporting their latest album The Next Generation, the band kept the crowd moving. The hip hop duo, Atmosphere, stormed onto the KOI CBD Main Stage as they returned to One Love Cali Reggae Fest with a vengeance, showcasing their deep beats and complex subject matter. The reggae punk rhythms of Southern California’s B Foundation could be found on the SMKFLWR Side Stage, with an electrifying show that kept fans dancing. New Zealand's Katchafire brought their roots-reggae sound to the fest, following the tour that was in support of their latest album Legacy and sharing their message of hope, love, family and togetherness.

Following on the SMKFLWR Side Stage and closing out in true Ohana fashion, Fiji shared his Pacific Island sound. Combining his love of classic reggae, hip hop, jazz and R&B, Fii gave fans a high energy show, showing off his personality and why he is easily one of the biggest names in Hawaiian reggae. Knowing the influence that Sublime had in forming and creating a new sound of reggae/ska/punk, fans rushed back over to the KOI CBD Main Stage to catch hometown favorites Sublime With Rome as they brought One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 to a close. Supporting their latest album Blessings, the band played “Wicked Heart”. Look for the band to tour in a town near you soon, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Rome joining the band. The 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae festival showcased many different sounds and bands from around the world to spread the message of, as Fortunate Youth says it best, “Peace, Love and Unity”. Until next year!

Photography by Sean McCracken

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Twiddle & Iya Terra headed to LA’s The Troubadour | Top Shelf Reggae

If you happen to be in the vicinity of West Hollywood on March 1st, do yourself a solid and head on over to one of LA's most iconic venues, The Troubadour, to catch what is sure to be an EPIC show by the four-piece band, Twiddle, and the boys of Iya Terra. The Troubador, built in 1957, is a venue bordering Beverly Hills and is well known for it’s folk, singer-songwriter and rock history. Shows there are somewhat intimate and if you’re well aware of all the legends that have been there before, then you can already feel the vibe in the air when entering this historical building.

These two bands will be a perfect pairing for a great night of music.

You can count on the opening and rising band, Iya Terra, to get the crowd going once their music starts playing. They always re-vamp their performances to make their sets fresh: never disappointing the crowd with their feel-good melodies, inspirational lyrics and strong showmanship. The jam band Twiddle has a fantastic live performance, incorporating many genres such as rock, bluegrass, reggae and funk. Each of the band members are phenomenal musicians, but if you have never witnessed Mihali master his guitar in person, you are in for a feast for your ears! These two bands will be a perfect pairing for a great night of music.

This is the first show for these two bands, kicking off a month-long tour spanning the western part of the United States. Catch dates below!

Photography by Gia Krietzberg

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