NEWS: Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series-Red Baraat: Bhangra, Funk, Dhol n’ Brass Band (04/14/14)

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April 2nd, 2014

Boston University
BU Central (775 Commonwealth Ave)
George Sherman Union Basement

FREE to all BU members
FEATURING DANCE PERFORMANCE BY BU BHANGRA
with pre-concert talk by Shalini Ayyagari (American University)

ABOUT RED BARAAT

Red Baraat is wild — and loud. It’s also a genre unto itself. The Brooklyn ensemble self-identifies as “dhol ‘n’ brass,” a hybrid of Indian bhangra, contemporary Indian dance music that mixes Punjabi folk beats with popular contemporary genres, and New Orleans brass band music. One of the best party bands around, Brooklyn-based 8-piece band Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India’s wedding celebrations with a dash of D.C. go-go beats, brass funk, and hip-hop. Red Baraat has performed at the White House, the flagship TED Conference in 2012, Google’s Mountain View Campus, and closed the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.

Red Baraat will be joined on stage by BU’s own award-winning student bhangra group, BU Bhangra.

Live on NPR’s Tiny Desk, click here.