Dubbing its raucous, teeming sound Brooklyn bhangra, Red Baraat is a ferocious dhol'n'brass octet that mashes together the brass band tradition of Northern India, jazz, dub, ska, hip hop, the rousing spirit of New Orleans's funkified brass movement, and contemporary urban attitude. Sunny Jain, who leads the band and plays dhol (a handheld, conga-like Punjabi drum), played cutting-edge jazz with such heavyweights as Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Muhanthappa before deciding to stir crowds into sweaty furies with RB's highly contagious stew in 2007. The group's second studio album, Shruggy Ji, is a joyous maelstrom of muscular horns (six strong, driven by sousaphone and bari sax), marauding improvisations, complex rhythms, and ragged, adrenalin-laced vocals. It's celebratory music that's sneakily cerebral, equipped to ignite a party on any continent. (Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien)
Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2013
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