Red Baraat

Red Baraat, photo by Shervin Lainez
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


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  • Single tickets are available online here, at Ticket Central, or by phone 919.515.1100.
  • $36-$41  |  NC State students $9

Bonus Event

Get the party started early with BISTRO AND A SHOW! Whet your appetite for Red Baraat’s quintessential sound with a three-course prix fixe dinner at NC State’s chic 1887 Bistro. Dinner is $32.95 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer. Gratuity not included. See full menu here. For reservations call 919.515.1100.

About the Performance

“The best party band in years.” – NPR 

Red Baraat is known worldwide for their high-energy gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra. 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.

Each musician in the band pulls from distinct traditions while speaking through their instrument with their own particular musical vocabulary. That it works so well is a testament to Sunny Jain’s utopian vision and his faith that communication across cultures doesn’t have to be vexed in the slightest. This outlook empowers Red Baraat to do 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. “The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable,” says Jain. “Bhangra Pirates [their soon-to-be-released and third studio album] embodies that push and pull in all of us…free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys.”