Red Baraat | Landmark on Main Street
April 13th | 8 PM
A high energy fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. The group's charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol - the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its heartbeat. NPR calls Red Baraat "the best party band in years."
Versatility is one the band's hallmarks. Red Baraat can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium. Since its formation in 2008 , the magic of Red Baraat has spread far beyond New York City. A nonstop three-year world tour included appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Peter Gabriel's WOMAD Festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and New York City's iconic Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, TED and Olympic Games.
The group's 2017 and third studio album, Bhangra Pirates, features new and familiar sounds, as each musician in the band pulls from distinct traditions while speaking through their instrument with their own particular musical vocabulary. This empowers Red Baraat to do what it does best - commune with their audience in a joyful celebration of music and dance."The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable," says Jain. "Bhangra Pirates embodies that push and pull in all of us...free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys."