After bringing down the White House in 2012, Red Baraat hailed the Chief’s second term at the 2013 Indiaspora Inaugural Ball. They’ve commanded stages of the Geek Chic at the Google campus and the Ted Conference and of the Athletically Gifted gathered at Trafalgar Square for the closing of the London 2012 Paralympics. On Thursday, February 28 at 8 PM Exit/In will bring back the Brooklyn-based dhol-and-brass band that has been touted by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and National Geographic as fun funk.
Red Baraat recently closed the 2012 season of Great Performances at Vanderbilt which brings primo international performers like Grupo Fantasma to Music City. Red Baraat is eclectic and earthy with a sound that’s Latin, jazz and go-go. They are Bollywood bhangra meets Mardi Gras march and will no doubt inspire some Gipsy gyrating. Though they’ve soared at the top, they’ve kept grounded. Blowing up Bonaroo, they are the “We” in “We the People.” Their last album, Shruggy Ji, which hit #1 on Billboard's and ITunes’ World Music charts, was funded by fans on Kickstarter.
The acoustic band plays dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and horns. Leader Sunny Jain explains, “We are simple creatures that desire community. 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.”
The band started from a place of love—literally. Jain told National Geographic: “Before the band was even named, (it) had its birth on my wedding day, August 27, 2005. In typical North Indian tradition, I had a baraat [wedding processional consisting of singing, dancing and music] that 30 or so of my musician friends brought me in with. Shortly thereafter, I started receiving calls as people heard about there being a marching band in town for Indian weddings…I put a 5-piece band together and we played our first couple of baraats in the summer of 2006."
Boasting a Brazilian, rock and Balkan Beat, Red Baraat will play a party Thursday night. Joining them at Exit/In, located at 2208 Elliston Place, Nashville, Tennessee, will be local band The Great Barrier Reefs. Tickets are available here. General admission for the 18+ show is $12 in advance/$14 day of the show.