Bhangra Funk, Punjabi Pop: Red Baraat Offers Unity, Party Vibe Sunday

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Bhangra Funk, Punjabi Pop: Red Baraat Offers Unity, Party Vibe Sunday


Ferraro, Jo, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


NEW HAVEN » Undeterred by recent chaos in the world, bhangra funk band Red Baraat aims to animate the New Haven Green Sunday night as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

"My agenda with the band is, for those two hours while Red Baraat is playing, to get the audience to know what it's like to dream, to let go, and to fly," said vocalist/dhol player Sunny Jain, in a phone interview. "We see screwed-up things every day and I'm not there to preach to the choir."

An eight-piece group, Red Baraat supercharge Indian music with the funky go-go sound of Washington; NPR dubbed them "one of the best party bands around." Red Baraat features three percussionists, including Jain on the dhol, a double-headed drum. To coax a dynamic sound from the dhol, Jain pumps in electronics usually reserved for heavy guitars.

"I run my dhol through a stompbox and a looper," said Jain. "Hearing the drum 'n' bass music from South Asian DJs in the 90s inspired me to replicate these sounds on the dhol."

These sounds also amp up Red Baraat's party vibes.

"As difficult as it is to stay positive with the current craziness, we hope that when people see the diversity in our band -- the different races, ages -- they come away with unity," said Jain. "Being such a big band with many different personalities, voices or opinions isn't a challenge so much as a strength."

From Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Bowl, Red Baraat's performed at many famous or influential venues. Despite this, Jain said, the group thrives in an open environment where everyone can participate in the party.

"A closed venue retains sound, but sound drifts through the open air," said Jain. "If we can draw passersby into the concert experience, even if it's only for a moment, then that's amazing for everyone."

Festivals also offer a greater opportunity to hook an unsuspecting audience into Red Baraat.

"It's encouraging when the audience approaches us after shows to tell us they had never heard of our band and have no idea what they just listened to, but they love the sound all the same," said Jain.

Since playing the Arts & Ideas Festival as an opener for Pakistani rockers Noori in 2012, Jain said, Red Baraat's sound has evolved with the addition of a guitarist. …

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