Nightlife: One of 62 most outrageous parties you should be going
to now in in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Guardian, Mar 2012
Best Dance Party in San Francisco
7x7 Magazine-Jun 2011
Voted as One of top 16 healthy, fit, and fun Bay Area things
Renew Yourself, SF Bay Guardian, Feb. 2011
Included among Top 5 Punjabis making waves across the world
India Today, Sept 2010
One of the most inspiring
Decade in Music: 10 years on the Bay Area Dance Floor
The Best of The Bay Issue, SF Bay Guardian, Dec. 2009
Independent Artist Award for Making a Global Impact, Vicki Virk
Independent Artists Week, Sept. 2009!
* Voted as one of 250 Things to do in SF before you Die!
7x7 Magazine- Jun. 2009
Best Bollywood Hotspot
Best of SF Nightlife- 7x7 Magazine, Jun. 2009
Voted Best of 2008 Niche Dance Parties
The Best, 08 Issue"- San Francisco Magazine, 2008
*Voted Runners up:
Best Dance Company (Dholrhythms)
Best DJ (JimmyLove)
Best Party Producers (Non Stop Bhangra)
Best of Bay Issue, SF Bay Guardian, 2008!
*Winner of 2007 Goldie(Guardian’s Outstanding Local Discovery Award)
SF Bay Guardian, 2007!
*Voted Top 20 Favorite far-out dance floor destinations
SF Bay Guardian, 2006!
*Voted Top 5 Global Events
SF Bay Guardian, 2005!
IN THE PRESS::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Non Stop Bhangra Reboots in San Francisco
Hyphen Magazine, Feb. 2011
Non Stop Bhangra Gets Jazzed
India Currents, Aug.2011
Music Pick of the Week: Non Stop Bhangra at UC Davis
Newsreview, Sacramento, Aug.2011
Non Stop Bhangra To Bring Outdoor Dance Party
The Davis Enterprise, Aug.2011
Renew Yourself: 16 healthy, fit, and fun Bay Area things to help you kickstart your spring
San Francisco Bay Guardian, Feb. 2011
From across the Seas
India Today, Sept 2010
¡Globalquerque!: Festival won't be fenced with borders
The New Mexico Weekly Lobo, Sept. 2010
Aural Fixation: Non Stop Bhangra Dance Party
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Weekly Alibi, Sept. 2010
Dancing with the Sardars: Once a month Punjab Invades San Francisco
NRI Online Magazine, Sept. 2010
Learning to Groove To New Beats
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Salmon Arm Observer, Aug 2010
Non Stop Bhangra Brings The Dance
Featured on Cover of Scene Magazine
San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 2010
Top 5 Things to do in SF Bay Area
The New York Times, Feb. 2010
Bhangra in the Bay—Short Feature on NSB/Dholrhythms
Crosscurrents Radio Show, KALW, Jan. 2010
NSB Featured in India Currents Magazine, Dec. 2009
Bhangra in the Bay—Short Feature on Non Stop Bhangra
Aired on Chabot College TV, KCTH-Channel 27, Oct. 2009
Bhangra Comes to The Mission
Mission Loc@l, May, 2009
Vicki Virk on Dhol Di Awaz-Story on Bhangra
Spark TV Show, KQED SF, Apr. 2009
NSB Featured on SF Station TV, Mar. 2009
Short Story on Vicki Virk, Project on Immigration
U.C Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Produced by Majo Calderon, April 2009!
NSB included in a feature on Bhangra
Conscious Dancer Magazine, Nov. 2008!
"Lets Bhangra" --Vicki Virk chats with Michael Krasny about Bhangra and its influence on the local dance scene.
Listen to the interview. --KQED NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO SHOW "FORUM" WITH MICHAEL KRASNY--
“Dancing Sardars are not an uncommon sight, and neither are Sardars who dance non-stop. What is unusual is that this is in San Francisco, and the party includes non-Sardars too. The only common factor-an almost overwhelming love for Bhangra. The third Saturday of every month sees Dholrhythms pumping up the music. In attendance are dancers and nondancers, all shaking a leg vigorously to Dholrhythms co-founder Vicki Virk's instructions.”
“There’s sheer joy, and then there’s Non Stop Bhangra. A colourful feast for the eyes as well as the ears, people were laughing, clapping and stirring up the dust with unbridled enthusiasm.”
--SALMON ARM OBSERVER, SALMON ARM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--
“Can't quite swing the flight to Mumbai? You're in luck, because since 2004, Vicki Virk and Suman Raj of the dholrhythms dance troupe, along with DJ Jimmy Love and others, have been holding monthly NonStop Bhangra club nights that turn the Rickshaw Stop into handclapping, bangle-clanging, whirling celebrations of Bhangra”
--SCENE MAGAZINE, SF BAY GUARDIAN--
“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. Literally every person in that place was either dancing or drinking water and having a breather just to go back in and dance some more. It was utterly impossible to resist being part of the jumping joyous crowd.”
--NRI ONLINE MAGAZINE--
“Non Stop Bhangra performs both Friday and Saturday night, and it isn’t just a band. It’s a whole event featuring lessons; dance performances; live music sets; and DJs spinning a mix of bhangra, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. In the Bay Area, NSB throws at least one big bhangra bash each month, garnering accolades as well as hundreds of sweaty revelers. Online magazine 7x7 listed the event as one of “250 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die.” Since most of you aren’t sure how long you’ll live (or when you’ll next visit San Francisco), I recommend you go get your bhangra on while you have the chance.
--WEEKLY ALIBI, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO--
“If you can imagine mixing traditional Indian dance with some of the heavier beats to come off the dance floor, you might be close to understanding Non Stop Bhangra. The live performances, naturally, are amazing, complete with the vibe you would expect in the club but mixed with Indian dancers on stage.”
--DAILY LOBO, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO---
“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.”
"Of course, you could saddle up your most comfortable heels and get your werqout in the club. Should you try this tactic, you could hardly do better than the rum-tum-tum stylings of 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--
“Didn't those festivities in "Monsoon Wedding" seem like the best party in the world? Attending the recent "Nonstop Bhangra" at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop felt as if you'd been invited to just such a celebration.”
--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE--
“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 at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop, 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--
“NonStop Bhangra delivers the whole Punjabi enchilada to the heart of mini-mono scensterdom, Rickshaw Stop. Professional dance performances, lessons for beginners, live painting and drumming, superduper psychedelic visuals, and the fabulous, mini-multicultural sight of people shaking their bangles in glee — what's better?”
–SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN--
"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--
"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."
“Over the course of the past three years, the monthly Non-Stop Bhangra club night has drawn to the Rickshaw Stop's dance floor hundreds of often barefoot revelers eager to lose themselves in the rum-tum-tum of the deep dhol drums, the rippling chimta claps, and the spiky electronic accouterments that make up the unique and funky, Punjabi-by-way-of-London Bhangra sound.”
--SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN--
Some of our favorite reviews courtesy of yelp!
“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. And be sure to show up early enough for the dance lesson. 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 *know* I'm going to have a good time when I go. The only other sure happiness bet I know in the bay area is the sea otter tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and that's too far to drive on a regular basis.”
“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."