Red Baraat; Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
“…a big band for the world…” – Wall Street Journal
In four short years, the pioneering Brooklyn Bhangra party juggernaut Red Baraat have made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world. Led by dhol (an Indian percussion instrument) drummer Sunny Jain, the eight-piece (dhol, drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and a four-horn section) band melds the infectious North Indian Bhangra rhythm with a host of sounds, from DC-inspired go-go, to jazz and funk. They are currently supporting their 2013 album Shruggy Ji, an album that prompted NPR to dub them “the best party band in years.”
Formed in 2008, the band was created with a no less purposeful agenda than simply manifesting joy and unity in an audience. Red Baraat’s spirit is worn proudly on its sweaty and club-milieu-drenched sleeve and this spirit is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s powerful live performances, and they continue to tour the globe.
On Shruggy Ji, Red Baraat’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the seams of its songs. “Halla Bol” is a power-to-the-people anthem sung in Hindi, literally translating to “raise your voice” and the tune “Burning Instinct” plays out like a car chase in a Tarantino film. The album’s title track sits as a perfect testament to the band itself…an infectious party jam that makes it impossible not to dance. The record was produced by Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut, Chaal Baby, and the live offering Bootleg Bhangra.
In concert, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and generally just having a blast. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve and brings life to every bandstand. It’s on the stage where the band does what it does best: communing with their audience in a celebration of music and dance. Says Jain, “We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”
DATE: Monday, July 22, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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