Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat Festival! is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful, live, raw sound. Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals, as well as traditional Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers with a modern touch.
In the short time since their inception, the group has delivered blistering performances at the 4th Annual Droma Gypsy Festival, The Kitchen performance art space, the underground loft party series Brooklyn Wonderland, India Independence Day Parade, Barbes, Joe’s Pub, Santos Party House, as well as a live radio broadcast for WFMU-FM 91.1 and WKCR-FM 89.9. They recently recorded the credit roll theme song for the movie, The Yes Men Fix the World, performed at the 43rd Annual War Resistors League Peace Award ceremony, alongside folk legends Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, and performed for Ports 1961 at the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (NYC).(Source)
Brooklyn Qawwali Party
OuterIndia presents Susheela Raman
Damrosch Park Bandshell 7:30 PM
Jazz-funksters BQP deconstruct the Sufi melodies of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for fans of adventurous improvisation. Tamil Londoner Susheela Raman is a bewitching singer and incandescent performer equally at home with South Indian classical and folk music as with rock, soul, and jazz. This boundary-defying collaboration features musicians from India and the UK.(Source)