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Gig Alert: Red Baraat

Monday, November 28, 2011

Red Baraat
"Chaal Baby"
Playing at Brooklyn Bowl
(61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg)
Get: Tickets ($5) | Directions 

The brassy Bhangra funk band Red Baraat is based in Brooklyn. But the nine-piece outfit gets its inspiration from the northern Indian region of Punjab. There, as in other parts of South Asia, a baraat is the groom's festive wedding processional. The chaal (see the band's song "Chaal Baby" from its debut album) is the beat played on a traditional two-sided dhol drum as the baraat arrives at the wedding.

The band blends its Bhangra beats with funk, jazz and Latin sounds. Red Baraat is Sunny Jain (dhol, bandleader), Rohin Khemani (percussion), Tomas Fujiwara (drumset), Alex Hamlin (baritone saxophone), Mike Bomwell (soprano sax), Sonny Singh (trumpet and vocals), Ernest Stuart (trombone), MiWi La Lupa (bass trumpet and vocals) and John Altieri (sousaphone).

Red Baraat plays live at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night. Download "Chaal Baby" above or check out the band performing live at last year's Montreal International Jazz Festival below.


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