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Balla Kouyaté & Famoro Dioubaté

balafon masters Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York

Two masters of the ancient West African balafon explore new musical terrain together, treating audiences to heights of virtuosity and the thrill of the unexpected. Continue reading

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The Del McCoury Band

bluegrass Nashville, Tennessee

Both an icon of bluegrass music’s past and architect of its future, this visionary “high lonesome” tenor keeps it in the family with his adventurous, eponymous band.

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Héctor Del Curto’s Tango Quartet

Argentine tango New York, New York

The elegant, subtle, and intensely passionate Argentine music and dance called tango could find no higher expression than the superb artistry of this bandoneónist and his ensemble. Continue reading

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The Irish American All-Stars

Irish Chicago; Detroit; Boston; Bristol, Vermont; and Asheville, North Carolina

Though accurate to call this collection of artists a supergroup of Irish American music, it would be just as truthful to describe them as five longtime friends thrilled to perform together again. Continue reading

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Panfilo’s Güera

Tejano conjunto fiddle San Antonio, Texas

Single handedly keeping alive the conjunto fiddle tradition is the foremost practitioner of this art form that expresses the deep roots of Tejano culture on the Texas-Mexico border. Continue reading

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Rebolú

Colombian Queens, New York

The foremost Afro-Colombian ensemble in the United States plays the rich, rhythmic, and undeniably danceable music of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Continue reading

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The Savoy Family Cajun Band

Cajun Eunice, Louisiana

One of Cajun music’s most recognizable families shares an inspiring passion for their culture, from accordion-driven house party two-steps to timeless French ballads and twin fiddles. Continue reading

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Shemekia Copeland

blues Chicago, Illinois

Schooled in the blues by her Texas bluesman father, this powerhouse singer is heir to the rich tradition of blues divas blazed by such greats as Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Koko Taylor. Continue reading

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Spencer Taylor & the Highway QC’s

gospel Washington, D.C.

Audiences will feel their spirits lifted by this gospel mainstay with over 70 years of ministering in song, known for their tight vocal harmonies and hard-driving rhythm section. Continue reading

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Springfield Exit

bluegrass and traditional country

Winchester, Virginia

This exceptional ensemble of award-winning musicians, led by a powerhouse vocalist, combines bluegrass and country with sounds stemming from their Appalachian roots. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY

traditional Sri Lankan dance Staten Island, New York

Staten Island’s vibrant Sri Lankan community is home to this accomplished ensemble that is introducing the nation to the fascinating traditions of Kandyan dance. Continue reading

The U.S. Army Blues

classic big band jazz Washington, D.C.

Acclaimed military ensemble carries on the American big band tradition with both precision and style, continuing a legacy that began with the Army Dance Band during World War II. Continue reading

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Zuni Olla Maidens

Zuni dance and song Zuni, New Mexico

These dancers transform their foremothers’ essential, life-giving work of carrying water—in vessels called olla balanced on their heads—into a reverent dance tradition. Continue reading

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