We are giving away a set of 5 tickets to Tropitaal A Desi-Latino Soundclash Six-Year Anniversary Celebration! on May 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 10.
2845 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214
With hosts and resident DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid and special guest Terror/Cactus (Psychedelic electro cumbia and experimental digital folklore from Seattle).
DJ Anjali is the cover feature of the April 2019 issue of Eleven PDX.
“If you live in Portland and enjoy a night out dancing, you’ve seen her spin. Whether it’s the Desi-Latino Soundclash: Tropitaal, the Bhangra Bollywood dance party: ANDAZ, or her annual NYE rager, Anjali is the premier Portland dance DJ.‘ – Eleven PDX 4/8/19
“DJ Anjali & The Kid have been a staple of Portland, Oregon’s club scene for almost two decades, creating spaces for DJs and dancers to enjoy an international mélange of music ranging from bhangra to reggaeton.” -Remezcla 12/26/18
“After 18 years as a duo, DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid are a Portland institution. Their long-standing Andaz party has become legendary for its lovingly crafted mix of Bollywood, urban desi and Indian dance pop of all kinds Their newer Tropitaal night, which adds everything from reggaeton to trap into the duo’s regular rotation is regularly a rager.” -Willamette Week 1/9/19
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid won Best DJ in Willamette Week’s Best of Portland 2017 and 2016 Readers’ Poll.
Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India (“Taal”) and stir into Tropitaal, a Desi/Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions. Resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid combine their deep passions and deep crates from across the spectrum of Latin, Indian and Caribbean vibes. (We are not talking Salsa, but Reggaeton, Moombahton, Digital Cumbia, 3Ball Guarachero, Latin Trap, Dembow and more.)
Terror/Cactus is an Argentine-American producer and multicultural live band based in Seattle, WA that combines cumbia and other traditional Latin American rhythms with psychedelic guitars, hypnotic beats, and lush soundscapes. During live shows, performers wear masks and the stage is illuminated by striking visual projections, creating an immersive psychedelic experience.
Terror/Cactus’s self-released debut album, Cerro Invisible (2017), made a strong impression in the Seattle music scene, landing them a spot on City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Best New Music Feature. Since releasing Cerro Invisible, Terror/Cactus has performed at the KEXP stage at Northwest Folklife, Upstream Music Festival, and opened for international touring artists King Coya and Dat Garcia from ZZK Records.
Terror/Cactus’s follow up album, Impulsos, was released on all streaming platforms on December 1, 2018.
DJ ANJALI AND THE INCREDIBLE KID
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have spent more than eighteen years igniting dance floors with cutting edge music not limited by borders or language. They host the longest-running Bhangra and Bollywood party in the world (Andaz est. 2002), co-founded the Pacific Northwest’s first Global Bass dance party (Atlas 2003-2013) and host two weekly radio shows (CHOR BAZAAR on XRAY.FM and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush on KBOO.FM.)
Few DJs can be said to have changed the sound of their city but that is exactly what DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have accomplished since they first introduced Portland, Oregon nightclub audiences to the many varied sounds of Global Bass at a raucous New Year’s Eve debut in 2000. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the heavy dance floor artillery of South Asia, but the duo scour the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local music traditions with window-rattling production.
In addition to their own club nights, Anjali and The Kid regularly perform at festivals including five sets at the Sasquatch! Music Festival (2011), Decibel, MusicfestNW, Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Beloved, Matatu (Oakland), Photosynthesis, Soul’d Out, Portland International Film Festival, Indian Summer Festival, Kaleidoscope and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. They have guested at the legendary Basement Bhangra (NYC) numerous times as well as Non Stop Bhangra (SF), iBomba (NYC) and Bhangrateque (Chicago.)
After making a name for themselves in their hometown’s raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland, Oregon nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra, Bollywood and Global Bass on New Year’s Eve 2000. A series of residencies followed, beginning with a night at the legendary Blackbird, and the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002. The party’s focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 16 years. While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the revolutionary dance night ATLAS (with co-host/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003 to introduce Portland to Global Bass sounds such as: Balkan Beats, Reggaeton, Funk Carioca, 3Ball Guarachero, Digital Cumbia, Urban Desi, French and Arabic Hip-Hop, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano and a host of other local and diasporic future musics. ATLAS was a vital party in Portland nightlife and the Global Bass scene internationally for more than nine years. In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL: A Desi Latino Soundclash, their latest project.
They have supported artists as diverse as A Tribe Called Red, Bomba Estéreo, Tigerstyle, Balkan Beat Box, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Flying Lotus, Saini Surinder, Digable Planets, Delhi 2 Dublin, Sleigh Bells, Glitch Mob, Dengue Fever, Blockhead, Uproot Andy, Hindi Zahra, Toy Selectah, Quantic, Opiuo, Bonobo, Gold Panda, Maga Bo, Poirier, Plastician, Kultur Shock, Ghostland Observatory, State of Bengal, Karsh Kale, DJ Rekha, DJ Spooky, CeU, Antibalas, Nickodemus & Joro-Boro.
“After 18 years as a duo, DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid are a Portland institution. Their long-standing Andaz party has become legendary for its lovingly crafted mix of Bollywood, urban desi and Indian dance pop of all kinds. Their newer Tropitaal night, which adds everything from reggaeton to trap into the duo’s regular rotation is regularly a rager.” Willamette Week 1/9/19
“One of Portland’s most revered record-spinning duos” Portland Mercury 12/31/17
“The West Coast’s king and queen of bhangra/global bass/Bollywood dance parties, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid.” Portland Mercury 8/17/16
“For more than 15 years, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have been an inimitable force in the Portland dance scene.” Portland Mercury 6/22/16
“Anjali and The Incredible Kid, Portland’s resident top Bollywood and bhangra deejays.” Portland Tribune 3/12/15
“DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid have been Portland’s leading world music DJs since the turn of the millennium.” Willamette Week 12/31/14
“Portland’s finest purveyors of Bollywood, bhangra and global bass music.” Vortex Music Magazine 10/13/14
“Known for bringing cutting-edge music to virgin ears, they are guaranteed to throw you a good time” Eleven PDX Magazine 12/13
“Maybe the Portland area’s most well-known deejays.” Portland Tribune 1/26/12
“The Portland duo was the must-not-miss Bollywood/bhangra dance party makers of the weekend.” (Sasquatch! Festival 2011) Oregon Music News 5/31/11
“Celebrate our local heroes as they hold down the biggest rock fest in the Northwest” (Sasquatch! Festival 2011) Portland Mercury 5/26/11
“DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid sets are one of Portland’s great recurring dance parties.” Willamette Week 12/16/09
“Portland’s favorite boy/girl DJ pair” The Oregonian 6/19/09
“The pair have been keeping Portland dancing for so long in various incarnations, imagining the local music scene without their bhangra and Bollywood rhythms is unthinkable.” The Oregonian 5/26/06
“The DJs responsible for making “bhangra” and “Asian garage” somewhat household words outside Portland’s Desi community” Portland Mercury 1/8/04