NPR hails Red Baraat as, “The best party band in years,” for their high-energy gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. And we couldn’t agree more. Back by popular demand on NC State LIVE’s stage, Red Baraat can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium.
In this Brooklyn-based eight-piece band, a horn section blares, percussionists pound, everybody shouts, and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. Red Baraat has toured to acclaim worldwide from Bonnaroo to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The White House to the Olympic Games. Yet no matter how much success and notoriety Red Baraat has achieved, they have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy.