CRASHfest lineup infused with musical flavors from around the globe

The CRASHfest lineup includes Red Baraat.
The CRASHfest lineup includes Red Baraat.(Courtesy of World Music/CRASHarts)

CRASHfest is a one-night festival that showcases international and local musicians playing with many global traditions across three stages at the House of Blues. Come prepared to dance; it’s going to be a party. The entertainment doesn’t have to stop between sets, either — dancing and drumming fill the space during changeovers, and if you’re hungry, several international food trucks are waiting to serve you street snacks.

In addition to headliner Angelique Kidjo, these are the artists scheduled to perform:

RED BARAAT Fronted by dhol (double-headed drum) player Sunny Jain and blessed with a decisively funky horn section, this large, uplifting band from Brooklyn blasts bhangra with elements of jazz and hip-hop.


TRIBU BAHARÚ When African, Caribbean, and indigenous Colombian rhythms collide, you get champeta, a hard-grooving tradition that sounds made to get your hips moving. Bogotá’s Tribu Baharú delivers.

M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM Most of this New York-based band’s musicians are originally from Colombia. With human firecracker Liliana Conde at the front, they throw down colorful party music par excellence.

KOTOKO BRASS Rooted in traditional Ghanaian rhythms but unafraid to branch out, this local band fuses New Orleans brass with West African dance music, and sometimes throws in a few surprises.

BILLY WYLDER It’s not a person, it’s a band, and it rolls up American folk and rock music with the twangy, skirling guitar style informed by frontman Avi Salloway’s years as a backup musician for Tuareg Nigerien musician Bombino.

VERONICA ROBLES The veteran musician and founder of East Boston’s Veronica Robles Cultural Center has pulled together Boston’s first all-woman mariachi group.

SARMA BRASS BAND A Boston-based Balkan Romani brass band, featuring music from a variety of countries and some original songs as well.

SOULSHA Ever wonder how bagpipes sound on top of Senegalese drums? Check out this friendly neighborhood Afro-Celtic funk band, based in Boston.


THE BLUE DAHLIA With chanteuse Dahlia Dumont on the mic, this band grabs its grooves from styles including French chanson, reggae, tango, jazz, and ska.

Zoë Madonna

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