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Red Baraat headlines a free concert at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, July 7
(Published: June 30, 2016)

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a free concert and a multi-artist celebration of South Asian music headlined by pioneering eight-piece band Red Baraat on Thursday, July 7, and curated by Red Baraat frontman Sunny Jain. The concert, which takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. & Prospect Park West) is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 7:30 P.M. with opening performances and collaborations with celebrated South Asian acts Karsh Kale Soundsystem, DJ Rekha, Ajna Dance, Heems, Bhi Bhiman, Falu, and Shilpa Ray, and other surprise guests.

Famously dubbed "the best party band in years" by NPR, Red Baraat is a groundbreaking act from Brooklyn. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound - a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz - fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone. 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, hard-worked sleeve.

Karsh Kale, a groundbreaking producer and musician who fearlessly explores the worlds of electronica, Indian classical music, rock, jazz fusion, and hip hop, returns to the Bandshell for the first time since performing his remarkable original live score to Enter the Dragon, a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival commission.

DJ Rekha, a producer, curator, musician and activist, has been at the center of South Asian music and culture in NYC for two decades: her Basement Bhangra party is about to celebrate its 20th year of existence. One of Rekha's two DJ sets will include Ajna Dance, an NYC-based company specializing in both contemporary and classical Indian forms.

Heems, an MC from Queens, first came to prominence with the underground hip-hop group Das Racist; he has since released several mix tapes as a solo artist on his own label, Greedhead Music.

Bhi Bhiman is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter of Sri Lankan heritage (he is named after a character in the Mahabharata). His musical style has drawn a diver range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers. His most recent record is last year's Rhythm and Reason (Boocoo Music/Thirty Tigers). The Washington Post's Bill Friskics-Warren has said, "what strikes you first about Bhi Bhiman's music is his voice - a keening, gender-neutral yawp that's as earthy as it is ethereal, as puckish as it is wise."
Falu, born in Bombay and now a New Yorker, was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition and in the Benares style of Thumrie. Now she "mixes Hindustani classical - a fusion of Arabic and South Indian music - with pop and Oriental styles" (New York Times).
Shilpa Ray, of Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers, is armed with an incomparable voice and a harmonium hanunted by the ghosts of dead lovers, she's been a presence in the netherworld of the NYC music scene for more than a decade. Her most recent album is Last Year's Savage, which came out in 2015 on Northern Spy Records.

More Information: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival/red-baraats-brooklyn-mela

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