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Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Cuban son Cuba by way of Vancouver, British Columbia

Propelled by the vibrant horns and rhythms of his sextet, this verdadero sonero (true sonero) transports listeners to his birthplace through the mesmerizing sounds of classic son.  Continue reading

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Aurelio

Garifuna Plaplaya, Honduras, and New York, New York

One of the most extraordinary Central American artists of his generation, this composer, guitarist, and percussionist is a musical ambassador and champion of the endangered culture of the Garifuna people.  Continue reading

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Eddie Cotton, Jr.

soul blues Clinton, Mississippi

This Mississippi master of soul blues will move audiences, body and spirit, with gritty guitar work, stirring vocals, and a hard-driving style rooted in the church of his youth.  Continue reading

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Hot Club of Cowtown

western swing and hot jazz Austin, Texas

The preeminent ensemble in western swing and hot jazz today, this trio delivers exquisite performances with impeccable style and its trademark vintage sound. Continue reading

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Innov Gnawa

Moroccan Gnawa Brooklyn, New York

This Brooklyn-based quintet immerses audiences in mystical trance music that traditionally accompanies all-night Gnawa rituals of healing and purification. Continue reading

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Jerry Douglas Trio

Dobro master Nashville, Tennessee

“Dobro’s matchless contemporary master,” the greatest innovator of the resonator guitar in the last half century—possibly the greatest ever. Continue reading

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Jones Benally Family Dancers

Navajo hoop dancing Black Mesa, Arizona

Led by family patriarch and world champion hoop dancer, three generations will share the beauty and richness of Navajo traditional culture. Continue reading

Kahulanui

Hawaiian swing Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This nine-piece juggernaut’s infectious music gives new life to the meeting of Hawaiian instruments and melodies and the swinging sounds of big band jazz that swept America in the 1930s and ’40s. Continue reading

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Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool

go-go Washington, D.C.

Dubbed “the wickedest band alive,” this legendary go-go band—a pioneering exponent of the DMV’s homegrown offshoot of funk—has honed its sound to near perfection. Continue reading

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Sheila Kay Adams

Appalachian songs, stories, and ballads Marshall, North Carolina

This North Carolina treasure is the seventh generation of her family to carry on an unbroken, 350-year-old singing tradition. Continue reading

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Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć

tamburitza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A new generation of brilliant players of the exhilarating Balkan string band tradition, which is lovingly kept in communities across the industrial Upper Midwest. Continue reading

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Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic Ensemble

Kuchipudi dance New York, New York

Featuring a 21-year-old rising star of kuchipudi dance, this intergenerational ensemble weaves their shared heritage into a spellbinding display of South Indian music and dance. Continue reading

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