Red Baraat 'Festival of Colors'
Let’s Dance Series
March 10, 2023
Time: 8 PM
Brooklyn Bowl – 61 Wythe Avenue
Co-presented with Brooklyn Bowl
Standing Room Only
Brooklyn-based Red Baraat is a pioneering band conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, known for its signature blend of hard-driving north Indian bhangra and elements of hip-hop, jazz and punk energy, with a mission of manifesting joy and unity in all people. They recently performed at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center with tabla master Zakir Hussain, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Festival of Colors. The Telegraph (UK) says “this year’s ‘discovery’ [WOMAD UK Festival], though, was Red Baraat, a cacophonous bhangra funk band from Brooklyn. Think Punjabi weddings, Delhi street brass bands, modern jazz and rock” and NPR’s Bob Boilen calls them “the best party band I’ve seen in years”.
Red Baraat ‘Festival of Colors’ celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi with a colorful array of South Asian sounds. Traditionally, Holi is marked by public gatherings of families and strangers sharing songs, dance, and the exchange of ‘colors’ – colorful dry powder or colored water playfully thrown amongst the crowds of revelers. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.
The LET’S DANCE series brings us all together on the dance floor moving our bodies to the infectious beats of DJs and live bands from around the world.