Red Baraat Brings Its Multi-Ethnic Mashup To Arts & Ideas

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Red Baraat is a polyglot musical mash-up of multi-ethnic styles — go-go music (a vibrant, drum-centric dance style associated with D.C.), bhangra (North India), New Orleans brass, hip-hop, rock, jazz, soundtrack music and more.

The eight-piece band from Brooklyn is completely American in the best 21st-century mongrel fashion. They've got continent-spanning hybrid vigor out the wazoo. This is funky dance music, with layers and layers of bubbling percussion, bowels-of-the-earth deep bass lines, and bright and strutting horn lines.

Sometimes Red Baraat sounds like the grooviest marching band ever. If you don't move to this music, you might be flatlining.

Red Baraat performs at the New Haven Green, 195 Church St., New Haven, on Sunday, June 19, at 7 p.m. This free concert is part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

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