La Misa Negra

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La Misa Negra

GENRE: Latin Alternative | LOC: Oakland, CA

 

La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section,
and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-
kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

 

La Misa Negra es una banda de Oakland, California, conformada por 7 integrantes y conocida por su mezcla única de cumbia y música afrolatina. En tarima, entregan un show que explota con ritmos contagiosos y energía punk, activada por los tambores, vientos, acordeón y un sonido inspirado de la era de
los años 50. Desde sus inicios en el otoño del 2011, La Misa Negra ha compartido escenarios y festivales a lo largo de los Estados Unidos con artistas como Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery
Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, Lila Downs, El Gran Silencio y Kinky. A través de sus fervientes shows, La Misa Negra se ha dado a conocer como una de las bandas más emocionantes que ha emergido de la Bahía en los últimos años, cultivando una fanaticada de diversas culturas, generaciones y gustos musicales.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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Banana Slug String Band

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Banana Slug String Band

GENRE: Children’s Eco-Music | LOC: Santa Cruz, CA

 

The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. they have played in 40 states, and 5 Countries, for over 2 Million people. They have released 12 award winning CDs. Their music is used in School curriculums and classes around the World. The slugs have brought their musical messages to noted festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times! 

Their Live show is legendary, and include characters such as; the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from Folk to Blues to reggae, Rock and Roll and Rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away, inspired, and ready to learn more about the Earth.

The Slugs are Environmental Educators, and met teaching in Outdoor Education in San Mateo county, working at Env. Ed. Schools deep in the Redwoods. Solar Steve and Marine Mark are currently the Administrators and directors of San Mateo county outdoor Ed.

Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Marine Mark, and Solar Steve are the Real Deal…..Impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, educators, and eco-warriors! With guitars, voices, crazy characters, and an extraordinary ability to connect with children…. they change the world, one child at a time!

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Amo Amo

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Amo Amo

GENRE: Psychedelic Rock | LOC: Los Angeles, CA

 

Amo Amo is a psychedelic dream pop band from Los Angeles, California.

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Making Movies

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Making Movies

GENRE: Cumbia/Rock | LOC: Kansas City, MO

 

Energy, mysticism, roots– it’s hard to describe the genre-breaking music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers– results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

At times the falsetto of Diego Chi (bassist) takes you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors his spirited voice in the midst of the Chaurand brothers’ primal and folkloric percussion. An explosion of energy on the stage––does the soundtrack make the movie, or does the movie make for the soundtrack?

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Coreyah

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Coreyah 고래야

GENRE: Korean Folk Rock | LOC: South Korea

“Mesmerising and wonderful” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Infectious…a beautifully layered sound” ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“Beyond the musicians’ sizzling chops, what’s most interesting about this band is how subtly they weave classic Korean folk themes into a rock framework.” (New York Music Daily)

There are few band across the world that so expertly meld classic, traditional instruments and vocalization with entirely modern ones as Coreyah. Indeed, their new breed of music breaks the barrier between the traditional and the contemporary. This sextet group Coreyah’s unique freewheeling, polystylistic vision of Korean traditional music combines various world music heritages, such as Anglo-American rock, Balkan gypsy, and a variety of musical genres from South America and Africa.

The band is chocked full of gifted musicians, consisting of Kim Dongkun (daegeum, sogeum, tungso), Ham Boyoung (vocal), Na Sunjin (geomungo), Kim Chorong (percussion), Kyungyi (percussion) and Ko Jaehyeo (guitar). Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has been expanding its musical domain by actively blurring the distinction between old and new. In 2011, they won the grand prize at a new Korean music competition called “Cheonchamanbyeol (all kinds of music) Concert” hosted by BukchonChangwoo Theater, and were selected for “Tune Up,” an esteemed granting program. The following year, Coreyah proved that traditional Korean music could attract just as much attention as flashy rock, when they reached the top 16 on KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)’s “Top Band II,” a band survival show. They then went on a four European country-tour, and in 2013, Coreyah received the highest mark at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They continue to delight audiences at home and abroad.

The name of the group, the Sino-Korean homonym Co – Re – Yah, refers to inheritance of the past, but now serves to draw living modern people toward more attractive music using old music elements. Translated into Hangul, (the Korean alphabet), Coreyah also means “whale”—the group’s totem animal and good luck charm.

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Niki J Crawford

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Niki J Crawford

GENRE: R&B/Soul | LOC: Los Angeles

Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, Niki is back with a new band, new songs and a new show. Niki is an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/song writer crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.

Niki and the band members have shared the stage and have played with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, Booker T Jones, The Roots, Tune Yards, Chicano Batman, Galactic, Keb Mo and Orgone just to name a few of the performers who have sought out her talent. She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live and lit up festival stages across the world like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Cal WorldFest, Utah Arts, Montreal Jazz, Summer Camp, Bear Creek, Long Beach Jazz Fest, All Good, High Sierra and Jam Cruise.

Niki continues to write and perform leading with her trademark aura of unconditional love and sensuality that fuels a vocal passion with the effortless ease of a veteran performer. Niki has said her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.

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Battle of Santiago

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Battle of Santiago

GENRE: AFRO-CUBAN

Battle of Santiago combines ancient Afro-Cuban rhythms and chants with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility. The result is a wholly unique sound that tells a universal 21st Century story, transcending borders while staying rooted in one city’s immigrant experience.

“There are a couple of different Battles of Santiagos to choose from” explains the group’s founder Michael Owen. “there were a few in Cuba, mostly during the Spanish-American War, and there was even an infamous World Cup match in Chile that’s been given the name, too. So you can take your pick. We liked that ambiguity. It reflects how our music can change and take on different vibes. The name also implies some kind of soundclash, which works for us since the band has both a Latino section and a non-Latino section, and that dynamic can create a really exciting creative tension.”

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Pamyua

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Pamyua

 

GENRE: TRIBAL FUNK / INUIT SOUL MUSIC

 

Pamyua showcases Inuit culture though music and dance performance. The show is a platform to share indigenous knowledge and history. Their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua has discovered their own genre.

The members are proud to represent Indigenous culture. The group believes unity is possible though music and dance and the members interpret Inuit traditions masterfully with joy and sincerity. The response to this message is tremendous as the group is a symbol of pride for Alaska’s indigenous people and to all who see them perform.

 

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Jupiter & Okwess

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Jupiter & Okwess

GENRE: World Music, Afrobeat, Afrofunk

 Paving the way for young musicians in the Congo, Jupiter Bokondji reactivated the forgotten rhythms and melodies of the Congo, by injecting the urban groove of his hometown, Kinhasa. His projects have combined his Mongo roots with influences from The Rolling Stones to James Brown. .

With their second album Kin Sonic, Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. We’re invited to savour his latest recipe, the Okwess (‘food’ in the Kibunda language) which is the fruit of all the encounters and influences he has absorbed during his many journeys around the world. It’s a recipe based on perfect alchemy, enriched by contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Robert del Naja, aka ‘3D’, of Massive Attack.

 

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Red Baraat

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Red Baraat

GENRE: AFROBEAT/FUNK/JAZZ 

 

Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. Their infectious rhythms roll over the audience like a hurricane and let the audience breathe only in a short ballad pause. – RHEIN MAIN PRESS (GERMANY)

Red Baraat’s June 2018 album release, “Sound The People”, hit the top 10 on the World Music Charts Europe and was heralded in the US as the anthem soundtrack for the South Asian diaspora by US hipster, indie-rock magazine, STEREOGUM: The album is full of moments that hit with the force of a spiritual awakening…The funk, ska-punk, and other American forms that make their way into the music are layered intricately within the same threadwork as the ragas on which these songs are pulled from. Each piece is a gesture of cultural harmony, rendering not only genre irrelevant, but the geographic placement of those sounds.

The release of Red Baraat’s 2nd album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts in USA and propelled the band on a world tour that has yet to stop. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, WOMAD, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, along with clubs, theatres, and arts centers. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the New York City’s legendary rock club Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House (Obama), TED and Olympic Games.

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