Strike Iron

A favorite of the Burning Man community as well as festival crowds far and wide, this ten-piece Afrobeat ensemble (formerly Albino!) honors the fiery legacy of Nigerian musical revolutionary Fela Kuti by combining high-energy, hypnotic grooves, a heavy horn section, African dance, tripped-out tribal stage garb and a socially conscious point of view. Here's how the SF Weekly describes their deliciously funky sound: "Atop the band's rhythmic maelstrom ride tightly figured five-part horn lines. The section's 'heavy heavy' bottom end features a snarling dual baritone-sax yawp. This is world music that lives up to the name."

Home Base: San Francisco