I highly favor Bhangra music, that jumpy punjab beat that emerged late 70’s. I like for many reasons, the way people smile when they move their arms as if they were changing light bulbs, the energy from the dancers but mainly: the beat. There are so many genres that depart from bhangra (or so I hear in my head).
This seems to be a season for new nights happening in Los Angeles and Bhangra is taking a special spot in the non mainstream scene. U.S. Department of Bhangra , a night that had its residency in Washington DC lead by DJ Saadat Awan for 5 years, has now moved to LA. This was my last January stop and I hope it keeps going strong. This 1st night was programed to be in the upstairs small room at Los Globos, however due to a cancellation, they were forced to do it at the large room downstairs, perhaps a premonition of future full nights? Guest DJ Jeremy Loudenback from Discostan lead the ship long enough to warm up the crowd until Saadat took over the decks DC Bhangra style.
If life allows, I’ll be there again, in the meantime I’ll leave you with even more photos at FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.