Red Baraat -
Formed in Brooklyn, in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece party band
that melds Bollywood funk, New Orleans brass band chops, hip-hop and R&B.
Founder Sunny Jain first made a name for himself as a rising star in the jazz
world – awarded the designation of “Jazz Ambassador” by the U.S. Department of
State and the Kennedy Center, and appearing regularly in “Downbeat magazine”
critics polls. He has played for the likes of Norah Jones, Kenny Wollesen, and
Kyle Eastwood, and played with Junoon, Pakistan’s pioneering Sufi rock band.
Red Baraat performed its own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012,
in front of an audience that included Al Gore, Matt Groening and David Byrne.
The group played a full-on show at the White House, a concernt at Google’s
Mountain View Campus, and were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic
Games in the center of Trafalgar Square. The group’s fourth release,
“Livewire,” adds acoustic instrumentation to the band’s sound. A bonus track
features the drumming and remixing talents of The Police's Stewart Copeland.
We Banjo 3 -
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin
& David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today.
Martin and Edna hold a total of 11 All Ireland awards while Fergal and David
hold All Ireland titles on banjo, fiddle, bodhran and guitar. Called a “new
force in Irish music,” the quartet delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish
Music and old time American and bluegrass.
Star & Micey
- This folk-pop trio, comprised of Joshua Cosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond,
personify the independent spirit of Memphis music. The group’s 2009 debut,
featured cameos by Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi
Allstars), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero). The
group’s current release, “I Can't Wait,” was recorded in Oxford, MS, captures
the trio’s raw, live spirit.
Davina & The
Vagabonds - With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation
Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, Davina & The Vagabonds
have earned rave reviews from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. Led by
Davina Sowers, a classically trained pianist who has been performing since the age
of five, the group draws on a century of American music. Her 2011 debut, “Black
Cloud,” was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis
Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. The 2014
follow-up, “Sunshine,” landed at No. 13 on the Billboard Blues Chart and led to
the band being featured on the BBC’s “Later With Jools Holland.” Sowers, a
dynamic performer and presence, has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse,
Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop.