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Red Baraat Show Their Colors at Webster Hall

April 1st, 2013

Red Baraat – Webster Hall – March 29, 2013

(Photo: Erin Patrice O’Brien)

Ain’t no party like a Holi party, am I right? Let me explain: Holi is the Festival of Colors,
a Hindu holiday that marks the beginning of spring (and it gets kind of crazy in India). Red Baraat, the Brooklyn Bhangra funk band, curated a show at Webster Hall to commemorate the festivities, complete with a thousand-person Indian dance primer—because whenever Red Baraat are on, you need to know how to dance. The band, led by Sunny Jain on dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum) and rounded out by a six other players, including a dreadlocked bass trumpeter and strutting sousaphone player, fuse Punjabi pop, New Orleans funk, New York City hip-hop, D.C. go-go and what seems to be a million other influences into one party-starting sound. And, no doubt, the party definitely went off the chain on Friday night.

The band’s standout performance of “Shruggy Ji,” the title track of their latest album, perfectly encapsulated the night. Jain and Co. shouted to “shrug your shoulders and twist your wrists” in classic Indian-dance fashion. The crew yelled chants of “brrrrrrrrrrrrah,” “uh huh!” and other traditional hip-hop calls to coax the crowd to dance. There was call-and-response, plus several high-octane solos, a dancehall breakdown and a monster trombone-led freak-out at the end. The audience paralleled the band’s movement and beckoned every call on that song and throughout the energetic and incredibly entertaining night. I’ll be shrugging my shoulders to their funk ’til I drop. —Alex Kapelman

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Red Baraat Will Have You Dancing Tomorrow at Webster Hall

March 28th, 2013

Talented composer and dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum) player Sunny Jain founded Red Baraat, a Bhangra band playing a shake-your-ass mix of Punjabi music, Latin beats, jazz, funk and go-go, in 2008. It’s party music and “a crazy blast of fun,” according to NPR: “Imagine a New Orleans street band playing Indian Bollywood tunes with a go-go beat—you can’t? Then just listen, because your day is about to get better.” The Brooklyn nine-piece recently released their second album, Shruggy Ji (stream it below), but the best way to feel the high-energy Red Baraat (above, performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival) experience is live and in person, which you can do tomorrow night at Webster Hall, as part of their second annual Festival of Colors celebrating Holi, the most celebrated festival in India.

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Who Wants to Have Fun?

January 31st, 2013

Talented composer and dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum) player Sunny Jain founded Red Baraat, a Bhangra band playing a shake-your-ass mix of Punjabi music and Latin, jazz, funk and go-go, in 2008. It’s party music and “a crazy blast of fun,” according to NPR: “Imagine a New Orleans street band playing Indian Bollywood tunes with a go-go beat—you can’t? Then just listen, because your day is about to get better.” The Brooklyn nine-piece recently released their second album, Shruggy Ji (stream it below), but the best way to feel the high-energy Red Baraat experience is live and in person, which you can do tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Watch them, above, performing in an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.