ROCKLAND — Red Baraat, a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York, will appear on the Strand Theatre stage, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Conceived by dhol (double-sided barrel drum) player Sunny Jain, the group has a singular sound – merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, rock, and modern jazz, according to the Strand, in a news release. 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, said Strand.
Red Baraat’s June 2018 album release, Sound The People, hit the top 10 on the World Music Charts Europe. 2018 also saw the band touring Kazakhstan, Abu Dhabi, the U.S., Canada and Europe. They headlined the WOMAD Festival in Cáceres, Spain in front of 10,000 people, performed the Vienna Konzerthaus (Philharmonie) in Austria, and had the crowd jumping at Rudolstadt Festival in Germany.
The release of Red Baraat’s second album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts in the USA and propelled the band on a world tour that has yet to stop. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, WOMAD, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, along with clubs, theatres, and arts centers. Along the way they 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 Olympic Games.
But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat has built a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that keeps the band on the road all over the world the last several years, according to the Strand. It’s here where Red Baraat does what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.
“The band…our songs…are addressing the multiplicity of viewpoints,” said Jain, in the release. “There’s ‘Zindabad,’ which means ‘Long Live’ in Hindi. In that song, we’re saying that 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.”
Tickets for the concert are $24/Advance. $28/Day of Show.
Lobby and Balcony Bars will be open for age 21 and older.