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Red Baraat - September 7th, 2016

posted Sep 5, 2016, 2:09 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR


Red Baraat
Wed Sep 7 2016 - 7:00 pm
CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, 319-364-1580www.legionarts.org

$14 advance -- $17 door

Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat melds the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangrawith brass funk, expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals as well as traditional Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers. Their stage presence is explosive, and the energy’s contagious.

Music Connection Magazine called Red Baraat’s music “…a raucous, blaring, clashing celebration of a multitude of cultures come together as one joyous explosion.”

Baraat is Hindi for a marriage procession. In North India, it is a tradition on the day of the wedding for the groom to travel to his bride’s home on a magnificently decorated horse, surrounded by an entourage of family and friends. Led by a dholi and/or a marching band, this joyous celebration naturally induces a riot of dancing and singing…much like a Red Baraat show.

Livewire, the band’s 2016 EP, is a 5-track scorcher recorded in-studio at Seattle’s KEXP. While still retaining many of the propulsive and uplifting musical elements that fired their previous albums, Livewire marks a departure for Red Baraat as their acoustic instrumentation evolves into new sonic spaces. Notably, the songs on the EP feature dark electric guitar textures and live effects processing from sousaphone and the dhol, the band’s signature instrument. The EP concludes with a bonus track (“Gaadi of Truth”) featuring the drumming and remixing talents of The Police’s Stewart Copeland.

Video: https://youtu.be/0kQD1P0_KUs