WHAT IS NON STOP BHANGRA?
Featured every month at Public Works in San Francisco, NON STOP BHANGRA is a unique experience that celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.
Imagine a scene from a Bollywood movie smack in the middle of a thumping night-club---swirling colors, the rhythm of pounding feet, and the relentless energy of brilliant beats-that's NON STOP BHANGRA!
Highlighting the ancestral roots of Punjabi dance while pushing boundaries with contemporary influences, Non Stop Bhangra is a genre-busting elixir of North Indian Bhangra music and dance, mixed with reggae, hip-hop, and electronica. An ever-evolving collective of dancers, DJs, drummers, vocalists, and musicians, Non Stop Bhangra is a non-stop party. Featuring dance lessons and performances with Dholrhythms Dance Company, and music by DJ Jimmy Love, live Dhol players, and visuals, the group has won legions of fans with its monthly events in San Francisco.
Non Stop Bhangra was founded in 2004 when Dholrhythms founders Vicki Virk and Suman Raj teamed up with DJ Jimmy Love with the goal of bringing Bhangra to a wider audience. The first Non Stop Bhangra was hosted to celebrate the one year anniversary of Dholrhythms by providing a dance space for students of Dholrhythms Bhangra classes.
Since then, NSB has made this traditional style a serious dance floor craze in San Francisco, drawing the most diverse crowds to join in the frenzy. NSB is a destination, creating sold out nights and write-ups as one of the best dance floor nights in San Francisco.
Check out a little glimpse of the night!
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
"Best Dance Party"
"One of the most outrageous parties you should be attending in SF"
“Top 5 Things to do in SF Bay Area!”
The New York Times
-San Francisco Bay Guardian
"One of 250 Things to do in SF Before you die"
“One of Most Inspiring in Decade in Music: 10yrs on Bay Area Dance Floor”
-San Francisco Guardian
"Independent Artist Award for Making a
-Independent Artists Week, SF
"Best Bollywood Hotspot in San Francisco"
-7x7 Magazine"Top 20 far-out dance floor destinations in San Francisco"
San Francisco Guardian
"Top 5 Global Nights in San Francisco"
San Francisco Guardian
FAVORITE PRESS QUOTES::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
"Non Stop Bhangra captures one of the city's most vibrant, cross-cultural, and enduring parties, which features DJs and guest musicians and dancers introducing and building on worldly styles that would otherwise go relatively unexposed in the area."
-NBC Bay Area-
“Didn't those festivities in "Monsoon Wedding" seem like the best party in the world? Attending the recent "Nonstop Bhangra" felt as if you'd been invited to just such a celebration.”
-San Francisco Chronicle-
"Border-Boundless Night", an amazing option for those looking to mix their dance with a cocktail and actually learn something in the process"
-San Francisco Weekly-
Non-Stop Bhangra, a night that's been teaching San Franciscans how to circle wrists and move hips in pure Punjabi mode since 2004. Calorie burn and culture learn at the same time, perfect."
–San Francisco Bay Guardian-
“What’s bringing urban club kids and middle-aged Indian immigrants together onto sweaty dance floors, gleefully stomping their feet and raising their arms in unison? At the aptly named Nonstop Bhangra party in San Francisco, DJs alternate classic with cutting-edge tracks, while guest musicians join in on the dhol drums and other classic Indian instruments. There, 20-something indie rockers learn traditional dance moves and play air sitar alongside die-hards from the South Bay nostalgic for home.”
-San Francisco Magazine-
“Global grooves rarely taste as good as what you will find at Non Stop Bhangra. A night unlike any other & A treat for the eyes and ears, NSB will take your body and soul to whole new realms.”
"Catch the celebratory spirit of NonStop Bhangra. Originally a lively dance of Punjabi farmers celebrating the harvest, the vigorous drum-driven dance is now accented by jingling jewelery and face-swallowing smiles."
“In all the years I’d gone out clubbing in this very city, I had never once been to a show or party where everyone in the house was dancing. The energy was incredible. It was utterly impossible to resist being part of the jumping joyous crowd.”
-NRI Online Magazine-
“There’s sheer joy, and then there’s Non Stop Bhangra. A colorful feast for the eyes as well as the ears, people were laughing, clapping and stirring up the dust with unbridled enthusiasm.”
-Salmon Arm Observer, British Columbia-
FAVORITE YELP REVIEWS::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
“A great great time, and definitely one of the best and most unique in SFC.”
“Best dancing ever, and you don't even have to know the music.”
“Nonstop, booty-shaking, hip swaying fun!”
“Even wallflowers like me come peeling off the sides and bouncing into the middle of the floor.”
“There's no pretention going on here, just pure unadulterated dancing and fun”
“I dare you to check out NSB if you haven't already. Life is too short not to experience this kind of joy.”
“The thing I find most cool about this event is its welcoming, unpretentious air and super diverse crowd.”
“I had an amazing time. I don't think I've ever stayed at the Rickshaw for so long before. The music rocks and absolutely everyone dances! The whole place is bangin. “
“Love the friendly, high energy vibe here. It's just a fun, good time.”
“The DJs are great. The music is infectious. if Vicki doesn't make you smile and dare to make a fool of yourself during the dance lesson, then there just might be something wrong with you. Like you need to loosen up, or go rediscover your inner child.”
“Non-Stop Bhangra is a big, hot melting pot. Ingredients: Punjabis, Asians, Blacks, Caucasians, Latinos, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Mashups, Bollywood videos, Dhol drumming, Dance performances, Dance lesson, Saris, Jeans, Sweat, Bliss. Directions: Add heat, mix, and enjoy.”
“Five stars all the way. Music here is so groovy it will get you up and dancing whether or not you have a buzz. The crowd here is very diverse and everyone seems to come here for only one thing, to have a really good time.”
“I am convinced that this is the best way to dance the night away, drunk or not.” “I have never, ever in my whole entire life had so much fun at a club!”
“If you love to have a great time in a cultural context and whether or not you have any sense of rhythm, I highly suggest you experience Nonstop Bhangra.”
"Everyone who goes, regardless of age, gender, race, creed, weight, or rhythm, lets go of themselves completely, and becomes but a drip of perspiration in this sweltering, steamy sweatbox of a nightclub. It's a pretty sweet experience."