Rootfire Editor Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja.
The island nation of Jamaica gave birth to something very special back in the 1970s. But it didn’t take long for immigrants and savy radio DJs to bring this unique gift to the rest of the world. Nowadays there are more takes on reggae music than fingers… Read More
A lot of attention goes out to the big fish. The headliners, even the regional heroes, attract the attention of local press when they come to town. But for anyone who has lived somewhere with a vibrant local scene of any genre, a lot of times it’s the smaller… Read More
Cover photo by Allen Ralph
New York City’s SummerStage concert series has developed a deserved reputation for eclectic lineups, with talent ranging from pop stars to the Metropolitan Opera and everything in between. Presented by the City Parks Foundation, SummerStage uses larger ticketed events to fund an array of free shows in 18 different… Read More
Consult any ‘top dub albums of all time’ style list and the chances are high that Scientist Meets the Space Invaders is there. The classic ’81 release has captivated listeners for decades and is seen as a pivotal release within the genre.… Read More
Sometimes big things are born from unsuspecting places. What started in 2013 as a ten year anniversary party for a community oriented surf/skate shop and apparel brand has since grown into Levitate Music and Arts Festival, one of New England’s premiere grassroots festivals.… Read More