Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat's spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve - and is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band's incredibly powerful live performances.
On January 20, Red Baraat released 'Gaadi of Truth' (Sinj Records,) an explosive new album that expands their singular sound with new elements of South Asian Qawwali traditions, Cumbia grooves, electronic music, and more. NPR Music had this to say about it: "One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording." In the year since Red Baraat released their last album, 'Shruggy Ji,' the kinetic ensemble earned their first #1 on Billboard's World Music chart, played sold-out shows across the country, including performances at Central Park Summer Stage, Austin City Limits, and Monterey Jazz Festival, and were even commissioned by NPR Music to compose an original song for a live improvised recording performed with 350 local musicians on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comprised of 13 songs written by Red Baraat and produced by bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain, 'Gaadi of Truth' features collaborations with 'Delicate' Steve Marion playing guitar on "Bhangale Oochale," Mandeep Sethi rapping on top of the brass-heavy "Zindabad," and two remixes by Lost In The Trees and Karsh Kale. If 'Shruggy Ji' was a statement and celebration of pluralism, 'Gaadi of Truth' (Gaadi is Hindi for car or train) reflects on the hard realities of the band's worldwide travel experience touring and promoting their music. The result is their darkest sounding record to date. "It's not necessarily bhangra music anymore. It's not a brass band anymore. What is it now? I don't really know. It's a way dirtier and darker record," say Jain. "But it is still a massive sonic sound coming at you comprised of horns and drums. Still very much a communing of all different types of backgrounds - being in the moment and feeling the passion to play, and to deliver with other people feeling the same energy in that moment. It's still very much about that raw visceral on the edge deliverance of music.
Known for their high-spirited and energetic live shows, Brooklyn's "best party band in years" (NPR) is touring North American and Europe this year and will host their fourth annual Festival of Colors to celebrate Holi, which has now expanded to New York, Washington DC, and Boston.
Opening up the show is LAs own MEXICO68.
MEXICO68 is a 12 piece afrobeat band based out of
Los Angeles’ Eastside, California and is heavily influenced by the polyrhythmic
sounds of Nigerian Recording Artist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70. MEXICO68 juxtaposes Chicano funk with the
body-moving and elucidating vibes of Fela.
The MALABOMBA! Selector Crew will be on hand jockeying an intoxicating assortment of Black Sea Cha-Cha, Balkan Brass Beats, Turkish Garage, Gypsy Punk, Chicha, Dabke Drums, Bollywood Breaks, Shotgun Wedding Coceks, Raï Rebels, Punjabi Funk, and more all night!