MINNEAPOLIS — Red Baraat, the pioneering, eight-piece world music band from Brooklyn that turns each performance into a joyful dance party, brings its infectious, singular sound to Minneapolis in its first-ever concert at Orchestra Hall, Friday, April 25, 2014, 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall
Since forming in 2008, the band of horns, drums and voices has been a hit at clubs, concert halls and festivals alike, drawing praise for its cutting-edge fusion of musical languages—from Brooklyn to New Orleans, Bollywood and beyond. The group has also drawn special notice for its 2013 album, Shruggy Ji, which debuted at the top of the Billboard World Music Charts and was named one of NPR’s 10 favorite world music albums of 2013.
The concert is performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $45. Tickets are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.
Red Baraat: “A shot of pure adrenalin”
Red Baraat has drawn worldwide praise for its unique sound—a merging of hard-driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk and hip-hop. It tours around the globe for nearly 200 dates a year, furthering its mission of manifesting joy and unity in all people. Critics have praised its performances as “a shot of pure adrenalin” and “a crazy blast of fun”—and audiences regularly join in that fun as well, dancing along with moves taught by the band.
Red Baraat’s recent activities include performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Central Park Summerstage and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, as well as tours of both India and Pakistan. In 2012 it performed at the TED Conference in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening and David Byrne. The band was created in Brooklyn by Sunny Jain, a first-generation Indian American whose influences range from jazz to Punjabi music to Bollywood rhythms. For more information, visit redbaraat.com.
Red Baraat performers include: Sunny Jain, dhol and MC; Rohin Khemani, percussion; Tomas Fujiwara, drum set; Mike Bomwell, soprano saxophone; Sonny Singh, trumpet and vocals; MiWi La Lupa, bass trumpet and vocals; Ernest Stuart, trombone; and John Altieri, sousaphone and vocals.
The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform at this concert.
Individual tickets and subscription packages for all 2014 concerts are available online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. Packages and tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The Orchestra Hall Box Office will be open beginning two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances. For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
Tickets: $25-$45. Published prices include a non-discountable facility fee that ranges from $2 to $5 per ticket. For single ticket purchases, there are no service charges for in-person transactions.
There is a $6 service charge per transaction for all phone, fax or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. No refunds. All sales are final.