CaliRoots 2017: A Photo Diary

Special thanks to Justin Crom Photography for providing BAM's photo coverage of this year's California Roots festival.   Synrgy: Check out our exclusive interview with Brian Zach, lead singer of Cali Roots' opening band, Synrgy, Here!   Skank Roots Project:   Zach Deputy:   Common Kings:   Matisyahu:   Stick Figure:   Jesse Royal: Check out our exclusive interview with Jesse Royal Here!   SOJA:   Tyrone's Jacket:   Darenots: Check out our exclusive interview with Darenots Here!   Tribal Theory: Check out our exclusive interview with Nico of Tribal Theory Here!   Protoje: Check out our exclusive interview with Protoje Here!   Alborosie:   Yellowman:   Iration:   Easy Star All Stars: Check out our exclusive [...]

BAM Meets Easy Star All Stars

Known for reinventing songs such as Radiohead's Karma Police, Pink Floyd's Money, and Michael Jackson's Beat It, Easy Star All Stars have been setting the standard for covering music in their own way.  Open about the fact that they are a product of artists coming together through the encouragement of their managers, Easy Star All Stars chose to highlight the positive side of the business end of music, and have nothing but positive things to say about the industry. [...]

BAM Sits Down with Protoje

Modern reggae star Oje Ollivierre, better known as Protoje, has established himself as a cornerstone of the modern Reggae scene in recent years.  Known for hits like Rasta Love, his work has not gone unnoticed by the Reggae community.  In sitting down with Protoje, the first of his qualities that is noticed is his modesty and his commitment to prioritize the integrity of his music over fame.  A truly genuine person, his music reflects his views in an intimate [...]

BAM Weighs in with the Heavyweights: Interview with DARENOTS

For anyone who has not yet heard of Darenots, please do yourself a favor and Check Them Out Now.  The Toronto based band has been quickly gaining popularity in the midst of their American tour, and have been “sending it” every step of the way.  In meeting Darenots at CaliRoots, we had a chance to see just how genuine their chemistry is, and why we should all be looking forward to their new album, Strange Love, dropping on June [...]

BAM Interviews Landon McNamara

The native of the North Shore of Oahu, Landon McNamara, has lived a life dictated by the philosophy of following his passion.  Formerly, Landon has made a career as both a professionally ranked surfer and a professional model, and now has been making strides in his new career as a professional musician.  With his music reaching the heights of both the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts, he is surely a musician on the rise worth keeping an eye on.  [...]

Jesse Royal agrees, “West Coast is the Best Coast”

Originally from Kingston Jamaica, Jesse Royal has traveled the world spreading his wisdom and Rasta faith along the way.  This year, he played Monterey’s Cali Roots festival for the first time in his career, in an experience he passionately described as a “blessed time”.  In talking with Jesse, we learned very quickly just how genuine of a person he was, and how authentic his music is to his being.  Take a look as we explore what inspires Jesse to [...]

BAM Does BOTTLEROCK 2017

Article By Steve Garzoli   Upon entering the BottleRock grounds, we eased our way through the main gates and into the festival at the Napa Valley Expo. The Miner Family Winery Stage was on the left. To our right a massive sign constructed of letters big enough to climb on declaring LOVE. To the right of the love sculpture was the Samsung Stage. Past the Samsung stage was the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage. Further onward awaited the JaM Cellars Stage. Near to the beautifully laid [...]

Interview with Synrgy’s Brian Zach

Longstanding Reggae band Synrgy has been in the music scene for quite some time, and in their tenure, they have created more than a few stories to tell.  The journeymen of their craft have lived all over the west coast from Oregon, to California, and now reside in Mexico, but no distance is large enough to keep them from playing at this year’s Cali Roots in Monterey.  Synrgy was the band charged with the honor and responsibility of being [...]

10 Things to Know About ID10T Fest 2017

If the San Francisco Bay Area is known for anything, it’s self expression and doing what makes you happy.  With this considered, it is no surprise that the Bay has been a proud advocate of Nerd Culture.  In recent years, nerds have gotten cooler, that’s just a fact.  Thankfully, this year ID10T Fest is opening their doors and giving us a weekend long Music/Comedy/Comic/Everything else you could want extravaganza in the heart of the Silicon Valley hosted by Internet [...]

Exclusive Interview with Tribal Theory’s Nico Tuilesu

Since 2005, Nico Tuilesu and Tribal Theory have been defining and redefining themselves within the Reggae genre.  While proudly representing themselves as well representing the forces that shaped them throughout their lives, they have never strayed from making music which they felt to be legitimate to their beliefs. Recently, we were able to speak with Nico, the band's Lead Singer and Founding Member, and learn a little about his influences, his defining moments, and why he and the rest of [...]

Tolan Shaw and Highway Poets at the Redwood Cafe

Wind back to Saturday evening in January at the NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants), in Anaheim. I walk into the Marriott Hotel lobby and see a tall, hat wearing, singer songwriter onstage, halfway through his set. Tolan Shaw, a young artist from San Diego, with a full band onstage capturing the attention of his audience in a packed lobby of the Marriott. I'm standing at the door and immediately fell in love with his lyrics. Lines like, "take me home, make me never want [...]

Omar Sosa Soothes The Bay

Article and Photos By: Walter Atkins Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit SFJAZZ stage with a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo.  Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side and joined in. The process continued until the last group member was on stage contributing to the percussive mix. The full line up consisted of Sosa, 
flutist /saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, bassist Childo [...]

BAM’s Exclusive Interview with Sam Johnson

From a young age, Sam Johnson knew he wanted to be a musician, and ever since moving to San Francisco he has been making a name for himself in the local music scene.  From performing on the streets of Fisherman's Wharf to packing local venues, he has come far in a short time, and continues to loves what he does more and more each and every step of the way.  Join us as we bring Sam Johnson into our studio on this [...]

The Damned Celebrate 40 Years in San Francisco

Article by: Nick Gumas Photos by: Paul Windsor   1976 was by no means an uneventful year for music. Of course this was the year we at BAM opened our doors for the first time, but outside of our own world, music itself underwent a renaissance unlike ever before.  Elton John was topping charts worldwide with his new hit single Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, The Band performed for the final time and went out with a concert so legendary that it prompted Martin Scorsese [...]

Top 5 Bands To See at Cali Roots

California Roots (Or “Cali Roots” as it’s commonly known) has long since been a staple in celebrating California’s proud history of reggae music.  Since it’s inception in 2010, countless reggae superstars from Pepper to Ziggy Marley have called this stage in Monterey, California home.  With the enormous list of bands set to perform this year, figuring out which bands to prioritize can be a little overwhelming, so we at BAM have compiled a list of the top five bands [...]