Red Baraat



BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity (130 Pine Street, Florence MA)

Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. The group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.

The band has toured Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, US, Canada, and Europe. They headlined the renowned WOMAD Festival in Cáceres, Spain, performed the Vienna Konzerthaus (Philharmonie) in Austria, and had the crowd jumping at Rudolstadt Festival in Germany. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Colours of Ostrava, just to name a few. They’ve sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the New York City’s legendary rock club Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House (Obama), TED, and the Olympic Games.

“The funk, ska-punk, and other American forms that make their way into the music are layered intricately within the same threadwork as the ragas on which these songs are pulled from. Each piece is a gesture of cultural harmony, rendering not only genre irrelevant, but the geographic placement of those sounds. [The music] is full of moments that hit with the force of a spiritual awakening.” - Stereogum

Says Jain, “we celebrate life, we celebrate devotion – but we also celebrate agitation and revolution. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.” It’s on an intimate stage where Red Baraat does what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance which, tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. Join us in welcoming Red Baraat to the Bombyx stage.