Red Baraat back in Boston!

One of my favorites, Red Baraat returns! "Brooklyn Bhangra", a nice mix of Bhangra, jazz, go-go, and whatever else they manage to mix in, helps to bring about a non-stop dance party.

This one should be fun!

Show starts at 6:30pm, but Red Baraat does not perform until 8pm. There are no details yet on the opening act.

Let's meet by the bar in the back of Royale around 6:30pm

$15 advance / $18 day of show

This event is 18 and over, tickets available at

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004AFFEF2BDB4F?brand=boweryboston

or by phone at[masked]-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

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.

Sunny Jain first made a name for himself as a rising star in the jazz world – awarded the designation of Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center, and appearing regularly in Downbeat magazine critics polls as he helmed his own bands and kept time for folks like Norah Jones, Kenny Wollesen, and Kyle Eastwood. He played with Junoon -- Pakistan’s pioneering Sufi rock band, and traveled the world as a kit drummer.

While searching for a set of tabla in a music store in New Delhi, India, Jain picked up the dhol, a barrel shaped double sided drum, which hangs over the player’s shoulder. The instrument inspired the artist immediately and he started to look back -- at Punjabi music and Bollywood rhythms he’d listened to his whole life -- and inward, to his own identity, a first-generation Indian American raised in Rochester, New York, navigating the spectrum of cultural dissonance with a home for both Neil Peart and centuries old traditional South Asian drum forms.

The creation of Red Baraat in one of the world’s most dense and diverse metropolises began as an expression of that identity, and has now become more than that. “I had a desire to create a large, acoustic band that brought a powerful, primal sound - just drums and horns. As I was thinking of instrumentation, I knew that I wanted a wide variety of musical minds. It’s the guys in the band that collectively come together to make up the sound of Red Baraat,” says Jain.

If in theory, Red Baraat reads like some kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dream, let’s agree that in practice, it’s a peyote dream. This is apparent from the needle drop on Shruggy Ji, [Sinj Records] the group’s second full-length studio record, released in January 2013. 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.” “Burning Instinct” plays like a Tarantino car chase. The title track sits as a perfect testament to the album and the band itself. Impossible to define by genre, it’s just an incredible party jam that moves your parts. The record was produced by Sunny Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut Chaal Baby, and the digital only live document Bootleg Bhangra.

Live, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the whip-smart, road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and visibly having a blast. Jain’s vision is on clear display - watch closely and you might see the bass horns change course at seemingly no more than the raised eyebrow of the bandleader. But there is no single front man on stage. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve. Notice has come from high quarters, and the band has found itself in some incredible places.

Red Baraat performed their own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012, in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening, and David Byrne. They accepted an invitation to the White House, where an assembly of elected and business leaders expecting a string quartet were treated to a full throttle bhangra thrown-down. They were brought clandestinely to Google’s Mountain View Campus by a fan on the inside – and second-lined the joint—with Google employees streaming in from all directions as the event went from zero to viral within two songs. And were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square.

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. Here, the universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. 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.”

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  • rosita

    Fantastic...full of energy,great vibes

    November 10, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    I'm here. By the huge bar in the back. Red Baraat doesn't go on until 8pm

    November 9, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      If you don't see me initially, I am in a non - white fleece with a white collar. If you still don't see me, text me at[masked] :)

      November 9, 2013

  • rosita

    Hi..First timer here. friend and I would love to hear Red Baraat! Do we purchase tickets at the door? Looking forward to some fusion Bangra Jazz sounds!

    November 9, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      Hi Rosita, they might have some at the door, but I am not sure. To be safe you may want to buy them in advance.

      November 9, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      I'm here and it looks like they are still selling tickets at the door

      November 9, 2013

  • faith g.

    With great regret, I say no! Out of town, damn it!

    November 9, 2013

  • faith g.

    With great regret, I say no! Out of town, damn it!

    November 9, 2013

  • faith g.

    With great regret, I say no! Out of town, damn it!

    November 9, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    Also if people want to grab some food afterward, there are a few options on Stuart St (Calif Pizza Kitchen, Roch Bottom, etc.)

    November 9, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    For the drivers, a few low price nearby options for garage parking:

    LAZ - 36 Ash St: $10 (Indoor Valet)
    PILGRIM - 40 Beach St: $10 (Indoor Self Park)
    STANHOPE - 61 Church St. (Outdoor Self Park)

    Check out bestparking.com for additional nearby parking

    November 9, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      The Stanhope garage is $12

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.boweryboston.com/event/339761-red-baraat-boston/

    This definitely says doors at 6:00 pm. Show at 6:30 pm Kenny. I believe I saw another event starting at 9:00 pm which might account for the odd time.

    November 8, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      ok, thanks for the info, I will try to get the bar at Royale before 6:30pm

      November 9, 2013

  • Anil

    Checked the Royale Club website. The doors for Red Baraat open at 6pm and the show starts at 6:30pm not at 8pm.

    May not be able to come this time. Will see.

    November 7, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      Thanks Anil. That's weird for a Saturday. I did see something that the Red Baraat performance is not until 8pm, even though doors open at 6pm. I hope to update with more details tonight

      November 7, 2013

  • Anil

    This should be fun!!!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Want to go to this but will RSVP closer to the date when I know for sure.

    November 5, 2013

  • Karen

    Kenny, This sounds good, and you talk about Red Baraat a lot. What kind of venue is Royale? Standing room only like Paradise or a sit down place like Regatta or Ryles? My schedule is tight this week with my 2 online classes overlapping but if I can decide closer to Saturday, I'm a maybe. Karen (P.S. Hope Sim is doing well.)

    November 5, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      Royale is mainly Standing Room Only, with seats and tables along the walls. It's a nice venue, I first saw Beats Antique last year there.

      November 5, 2013

    • Karen

      Thanks, Kenny. May not be my cup of tea. I get claustrophic in that kind of setting. But if my schedule allows, maybe I'll check it out, depending on ticket availability.

      November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this because I've heard lots of good things about Red Baraat, but I already have concert tickets elsewhere :(

    November 5, 2013

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