Saturday, July 1 @ 10:15pm Rackham Stage
After years of chasing them down, at long last, the incomparable Red Baraat of Brooklyn, New York, arrives to Top of the Park to whip the festival crowd into a frenzy of unprecedented, high energy, feel it in your gut fusion—thrilling audiences with jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. 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 that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. Called “the best party band in years” by NPR, these kings of versatility have ruled American World Fusion for the past decade. The group’s second studio album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts and propelled the band on a nonstop three-year world tour that included appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, TED, and the Olympic Games. Yet no matter how much success and notoriety Red Baraat has achieved, Sunny Jain and his comrades have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy. Come down and enjoy songs from their spring release Bhangra Pirates at this not-to-be-missed festival performance.