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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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Cover photo by Jason Ko

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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. He feels that hip hop is a culture, but that “there’s a lot of dog sh*t out there.” 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!

Photography by Jenni Lynne

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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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Stephen Marley at Garden Amp | Top Shelf Reggae

The crisp California spring evening of March 15th started off with the melodic voice of Mystic Marley, granddaughter of the great Bob Marley and daughter of headliner Stephen Marley. The intimate outdoor setting of Garden Amp was the perfect venue for continued support of her 2018 single “Beatdown”. Mystic showed up in true Marley form: her dance vibes and strong voice got the crowd moving.

Mystic joined her father Stephen onstage to perform a few of her grandfather’s songs…

Stephen Marley took to the stage in front of the large sold out crowd. His strong set varied from his own music, like “Mind Control”, to some of his father’s greatest hits, like “Small Axe” and “Three Little Birds” that had the crowd singing along. Later, Mystic joined her father Stephen onstage to perform a few of her grandfather’s songs, as well. The two continue to tour together, igniting stages across the country. You will not want to miss them!

Photography by Jenni Lynne

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KAABOO Cayman 2019: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The Caribbean sun radiated high in the sky as Saturday morning brunch began at the VIP Bask area of KAABOO Cayman 2019. VIP guests were promised an exclusive KAABOO kick-off party Thursday night before the inaugural fest opened its gates the following day; extreme weather had other plans. Not to worry! VIP patrons received an update that up-and-coming crowd favorite Stealing Oceans will have a morning set Day Two with complimentary bottomless beverages and finger food. Of course, the high-energy, acrobatic and all-out entertaining Stealing Oceans boys stole the show once again, making the crowd sweaty from dancing by noon.

Of course, the high-energy, acrobatic and all-out entertaining Stealing Oceans boys stole the show once again…

Back on the main grounds, Caribbean reggae artists Shameka Clarke and Romain Virgo got the two stages up and running from a night's hiatus before HIRIE and Salt-N-Pepa welcomed crowds with sing-along hits. Bluegrass legends Blues Traveler wowed the audience next, with jam band qualities and signature harmonica solos. The masses then flocked to the main stage for Shaggy before Blondie came out caped and captivating. +Live+ had die hard fans rocking out in the front row before Sean Paul got the dance party going again. Speaking of dance party, Zedd blasted the fest into outer space with pyrotechnics, steam pillars and fireworks bursting overhead. Pop star Jason Derulo and his bejeweled dancers continued the high until headliners Duran Duran finished out the firset year fest in style. Until next year, this publication will be Cayman Island dreaming.

Photography by Kristy Rose

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The B Foundation & Kyle Smith at Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

There was no better way to celebrate the first sun-filled Sunday in southern California than to hang with Kyle Smith and The B Foundation! Fans packed the patio at The Slidebar Rock 'n Roll Kitchen in Fullerton to soak up the smooth sounds and groove to the rocking rhythms.

Fans shouted requests of their favorite B Foundation songs…

To start of the evening, Kyle Smith and his talented band took to the stage. With a solid horn section with a bass and drums backing him, Kyle’s guitar playing and vocals shone bright. The band got the crowd going and singing along to their favorites, as the band played their latest single, “Astray”. The B Foundation was up next and kept the energy going, as family and fans surrounded the stage. Fans shouted requests of their favorite B Foundation songs, while the band surprised the crowd with a cover of “Kiss The Girl” from The Little Mermaid soundtrack for their younger fans… and a few older ones too!

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Th3rd Coast Roots releases “Lovers Rock” single | Top Shelf Reggae

In our previous interview with Th3rd Coast Roots, we discussed new music to be released and it is with great pleasure that we announce their latest single, “Lovers Rock” — now available for download! Th3rd Coast Roots could not be happier to share this dynamic new single with their fans. “Lovers Rock”, with its pop-style lyrical structure and content blended with what the band calls “future roots rock reggae”, will give their listeners a preview of what more musical creations are coming their way.

The band notes this track brings a heavier vibe to reggae…

The band notes this track brings a heavier vibe to reggae, with a grungier guitar, 'steppa beat' and touches of electronic/dub. In efforts to spread the word about the new single, they created a short preview of “Lovers Rock” months leading up to the release date. The promotional video has sparked excellent feedback from fans. The 19-second video currently has over 35k views on Facebook and Instagram. The band’s lead singer and guitarist, Jayton Lening, says, “I think people are recognizing that this is different than anything we have done and the production is much larger than we have done before. The writing process for 'Lovers Rock' started when the band was visiting producer, E.N Young at Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego.”

Th3rd Coast Roots describes the experience of composing the new single as simple as sitting around Imperial Sound during free time and jamming on the chorus. In Jayton’s words, “The chorus kind of just came together right there. We put it away for a couple months and then I figured out a verse for it by creating a story. Marisa [Garcia] wrote her verse and the song was pretty much completed at that point. We did some minor modifications to the lyrics as we played with the song, but overall, it stayed the same.”

Marisa Garcia describes the process as a learning experience. She adds, “The song has such a different feel, now that we sat on it in the studio. I love that it is an upbeat love song, then the dub section gives it some edge.” When asked about creative process, Hunter Wilson explains, “It was humbling… hearing the tune grow colors over time. I had a great time coming up with drum fills and working collectively on the musicality of the track.”

The band is currently working on another single to be released this summer, as well as multiple singles to be released in the near future. “Every time we get together for rehearsal, we always work on new ideas,” Lening continued. “Everyone is getting situated and warmed up for the day and we start laying down fresh ideas.”

“Lovers Rock” is now available on all major streaming platforms and be sure to follow Th3rd Coast Roots on Facebook and Instagram for new music updates!

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KAABOO Del Mar 2019 lineup revealed | Top Shelf Reggae

KAABOO has turned into quite a franchise for 2019, following a successful sold out KAABOO Cayman in February and with an inaugural KAABOO Texas lingering in the near future at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium this May. These sister fests wouldn't have been conceived without KAABOO taking place four festive and favored years at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds, each packing unforgettable memories and sold out crowds. Now that KAABOO Del Mar is in its fifth year, branching out is finally possible… and the rest of the nation gives thanks to that! KAABOO is quickly taking over the world and fans of the fest can't wait to see what new locations 2020 may bring to light.

… you cannot outdo KAABOO. It's the most impressive party of the year. Period.

In the meantime, OG KAABOO fans have waited since the conclusion of KAABOO Del Mar 4 to see who will be attached to the 5th Annual this September 13th-15th, 2019. Many sprung for early bird passes, all of which sold out accordingly. What was revealed today may have shocked some, but most see the lineup for what it is — a perfectly-balanced work of pure festival genius. Sure, headliners are hard to beat year over year; KAABOO 3 boasted Tom Petty's fourth last performance before his unexpected passing! That's a pretty high pedastal to uphold. Plus, more and more festivals keep sprouting up every year, all trying to undercut each other's performance artists. The competition is steep, to say the least. All that in mind, true KAABOO-ers know it's not about the lineup, it's about the experience. The 'MIX-perience', as KAABOO puts it. With legendary acts from all musical genres coming together in between live art installations, A-grade comedians, tasty top chefs and all the amenities you could possibly imagine, you cannot outdo KAABOO. It's the most impressive party of the year. Period.

So, millenials, if you're not pleased with the lineup — your loss! Sure, Biebs and Bey aren't headlining… but GRAMMY-winners Dave Matthews Band, Kings Of Leon and Mumford and Sons are. Snooze fest, you accuse? Have you seen Kings Of Leon perform?? Their set is on fire. How about when Black Eyed Peas gets it started reciting decades of mega hits after deejays Cheat Codes and Cash Cash start midday dance parties? Y'all are crazy if you even think about sleeping on KAABOO 5. If you're still indignant that Coachella does it better, the FOMO is bound to smack you hard once KAABOO weekend comes along and all your friends are there. Because, let's face it, Year 5 is as diverse as it gets (in true KAABOO fashion). Fans of reggae can soak in world music vibes by Xavier Rudd, Cali reggae-rock anthems from Sublime With Rome and the classic roots of Toots and the Maytals. Hip hop lovers get a Snoop Dogg/Wu-Tang mashup as well as Top 40 hits from Boyz II Men bringing the early 90s back. Speaking of 90s nostalgia, Sheryl Crow, Blind Melon and Squeeze will cover most your guilty pleasure playlist this year.

Want to take it even further back? Reminesce in the 80s with Duran Duran, The Cult, The Bangles, REO Speedwagon and Mix Master Mike making an appearance sans his Beastie Boy brothers. Want more recent stuff to jam to? Rock of the 2000s is represented quite a bit between Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Silversun Pickups and Plain White T's. Hey there Delilah, indeed. And, despite what haters on the interwebs are saying, modern alt-rock music will be more than present and accounted for with performances by The Revivalists, ONEREPUBLIC, Alec Benjamin, Keuning, Suckerbox and so many more. Even country lovers get Maren Morris

With more local acts to be announced, let's talk funny business. Top comedy acts are returning to the KAABOO 'Humor Me' Stage this September, including everybody's favorite foul-mouthed family man Bob Saget and the most underrated filmmaking Rennaisance man in the business, Mr. Kevin Smith. More laugh-out-loud acts are Bert Kreischer, Pete Holmes (and friends), Wayne Brady, Jimmy O Yang, Tig Notaro, Tom Green, Jen Kirkman, Cristela Alonzo, Cameron Esposito and Taylor Tomlinson. Get ready to ROFL, Del Mar.

With so much more to be revealed, including the culinary and BASK lineups, it's time to get your tickets before KAABOO 5 sells out! And, like every year preceding it, it's going to. For more information or to get your passes now, visit the links below or www.kaaboodelmar.com.

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Woodstock 50 coming summer 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

In the summer of 1969, friends, lovers, dancers, jokers, smokers and midnight tokers trekked from near and far for what was destined to be a legendary weekend of peace, love and music. Woodstock has since become a cornerstone experience for festivalgoers, tree-huggers and peace lovers and now, exactly 50 years later, you can be a part of the movement this August 16th-18th for Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen, NY!

Woodstock 50 feels like a blast from the past, yet oh so applicable today…

The lineup is stacked with familiar names from every genre on your playlists, featuring The Killers, Dead & Company, Imagine Dragons, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, The Black Keys, The Head and The Heart, Chance the Rapper, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Common, Cage the Elephant, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Leon Bridges, Santana, Run The Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Earl Sweatshirt, Janelle Monaé, Soccer Mommy, Michael Franti & Spearhead… just to skim the surface.

Music and art may be the focal material, but the celebration goes so much further than that in its call to action. Woodstock 50 is supporting causes that represent current and recurring issues by working with organizations like Conservation International, Happy Hippies, Head Count, Hiring America, The Felix Organization, March for our Lives, Reform, Social Works and The Dolphin Project.

“The original Woodstock Music & Arts Fair brought people together during a time of great social turmoil. Our three-day celebration of peace, love and music proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion. Live with only our best selves represented. It gave people around the world hope,” says co-founder Michael Lang. “Woodstock gave people around the world hope, which is why I think it remains relevant today.”

Woodstock 50 feels like a blast from the past, yet oh so applicable today due to social and political similarities at this nation's forefront. Organizers, performers and dreamers alike can hope that the same waves of conciousness are streamed throughout event grounds and Woodstock 50 holds as much potency in promoting change as its predecessors.

“It’s kind of spooky how similar things are,” Lang continued. “How some of the things that we thought we’d gone past in the last 50 years — the racial divides, care for the environment and women’s rights… Now we have Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement and climate deniers and another (expletive) in the White House.”

“To be able to be connected to Woodstock in any shape, form or fashion for me is one of the greatest honors…” — Common

John Fogerty and members of The Grateful Dead provide a certain je ne sais quoi to the overall atmosphere of Woodstock and its mission. The world still has work to do, but getting the right groups of humans together for the right reasons gives us hope that the music will never stop and that it is possible to grow out of oppression into a more inclusive and loving way of life. Rap star Common says he is happy to represent hip hop music at Woodstock 50 and be a part of a festival that not only focuses on music, but has a strong social and political presence.

“To be able to be connected to Woodstock in any shape, form or fashion for me is one of the greatest honors I’ve had as an artist, as human being (and) as a musician,” Common states. “There is so much going on right now… I think one of the best ways we can combat the ignorance, the divisiveness, the hatred, is to go out there and push love, express love and practive love—and it definitely comes through in Woodstock.”

In the spirit of wholesomeness and love, tickets go on sale Earth Day, April 22nd, so go ahead and plant the seed of music in your head, love in your heart and a tree in your backyard next month. See you all there in August and, in the meantime, follow the links below for further information, tickets and hype. “Stand with us. Make a difference. Help heal the planet and the people living on it. That’s what Woodstock is all about.”

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/woodstock-50-coming-summer-2019