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The Vermont-based, but Maplewood-born, solo singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist, and Twiddle co-founder follows reggae’s evolutionary ebb and flow, existing in a perpetual state of inspiration and creation, and remaining committed to sonic evolution. Exuding a balanced mix of rich influences, Mihali’s music entwines reggae spirit, fluid soundscape architecture, and invigorating mantras meant to be chanted aloud in a packed venue.
Following years of fan demand, Mihali served up his solo debut, Breathe and Let Go, in 2020. It boasted collaborations with Citizen Cope, Matisyahu, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Trevor Hall, and instantly reacted with audiences, gathering millions of streams. In addition to glowing reviews from JamBase and Live For Live Music, Grateful Web exclaimed, “Mihali’s musical talent is special.”
During the global pandemic, Mihali kept writing songs and recording remotely – trading song files back and forth. Mihali said, “Every morning, I would wake up to a new .wav file, and it was like Christmas!”– The efforts lead to 2022’s Effection album with the song “Maplewood.”
Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.
But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat has built a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that keeps the band on the road all over the world the last several years. It’s here where Red Baraat does what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance which, tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.
The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design.
Noon – Essex Funk Collective
A local multi-generational band playing soul, disco, R&B and funk grooves.
12:42 PM – Troubleman
A dynamic and electrifying band that has been making waves in the music industry. With a unique blend of rock, ska, and reggae, the band has captivated audiences.
1:24 PM – Al Gold & Cool in Hand
Blues and Roots music stripped down to its essence.
2:06 PM – Widely Grown
An Americana/Roots band, from “one of Hudson Counties most engaging songwriters over the last few years (NJ.com).” A little grass. A little rock. A lot in between.
2:48 PM – Billy Walton Band
If a band that mixes high energy rock/soul/blues covered in psychedelic jams seems intriguing, then the Billy Walton Band is a must see live act!! Get your dancin’ shoes on!
3:30 PM – Queen Bleu Nile & Family
A sultry, sassy Sistah bringing you unforgivable soul, with dabs of funk, sprinkles of reggae, a dash of jazz, and a dollop of rock! MUSIC is LIFE!
4:12 PM – Rasha Jay
NJ based artist Rasha Jay is a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter who fuses her love for alternative, rock and soul with heart. Her latest project Muscle Memory is available now.
4:54 PM – Carlos Frias & Circulo Social
In their music you can hear the heart of the Caribbean, the peasant chant, the voice of those speaking against injustice accompanied by Afro Caribbean rhythms.
5:36 PM – Tia Holt Experience
The voice you need to hear. The experience you need to have.
6:48 PM – Red Baraat (Featured Act)
Pioneering band from Brooklyn, merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people. Read more about Red Baraat.
8:33 PM Mihali (Headliner)
The Vermont-based, but Maplewood-born, solo singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist, and Twiddle co-founder follows reggae’s evolutionary ebb and flow with a balanced mix of rich influence. Read more about Mihali.
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