Punjabi & Sikh roots, through the lens of a touring musician, educator, and activist. Spiritual, political, anthems of hope and love. TIYL: Red Baraat, Punjabi MC, Bally Sagoo
Dust City Opera
Folk rock orchestra that encompasses roots, country, blues, indie folk rock with horns and woodwinds. At turns dark, quirky and sometimes ironic side. TIYL: Tom Waits, The Handsome Family, Eddie Vedder
Experimental British composer and multi-instrumentalist, Cronshaw is a true pioneer of the world music/roots scene, who adeptly marries various venerable traditions with unique invention of his own making. TIYL: Oregon, Ian Blake, Finnish Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Mediterranean
Texas born singer/songwriter, poet, playwright, and social activist, Annie Benjamin's music gallops from country to rock 'n roll; jazz to old timey gospel. TIYL: Kathy Mattea, Jo Dee Messina, Joni Mitchell
Traditional Eastern European folk music with contemporary texture, dark and haunting three-part vocal harmonies and odd-metered rhythms. TYIL: Taraf de Haidouks, Goran Bregovic, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Kitka
Pan - Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia. TIYL: Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Santana, Grupo Fantasma
Pop/rock with a 60s - 70s vibe. TIYL: Beatles, Zombies, Hollies, Cheap Trick, ELO.
A sonic landscape of masterful experimentation on traditional Ethiopian instruments, that creates a new psychedelic roots music. TIYL: Dub Colossus, Debo Band, Gigi
Isaac Aragon and The Healing
Socially charged R&B, Soul and Funk.
Pan-Latin ensemble combining traditional South American rhythms with a modern sensibility and socially conscious bent. TIYL: Inti-Illimani, Mercedes Sosa, Totó la Momposina
Iranian santour master & Composer
Catchy, well defined melodies, careful orchestrations, and virtuosic contemporary instrumental music. TIYL: Acoustic Alchemy, Paul Hardcastle, Will Akerman
Fanfara Maghreb Electro Dance Party with a brass band, an entire North African rhythm section and pumping electro dance beats
Soulful pop, rock and latin music. TIYL: Squeeze, Badfinger, Santana, Van Morrison
Los Reyes de Albuquerque
Legendary New Mexican group led by NEA Heritage Fellow Roberto Martinez. TIYL: Pedro Infante, Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán
Maracatu New York
Maracatu ensemble led by Brazilian percussion master Scott Kettner TIYL: Carnival Parading, New Orlean's Second Line, Drum Corps.
Insurgent alt-country/indie music TIYL - Rank & File, Lone Justice, Waco Brothers, Steve Earle