Get ready to dance in Hanover
Brooklyn’s eight-piece Red Baraat band aims to turn performances into joyful, hedonistic dance parties.
Set to bring the festivities to the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, the group’s latest disc, “Shruggy Ji,’’ has been named to National Public Radio’s list of 10 Best World Music Albums of 2013.
There’s no one front man; all band members engage the audience, demonstrating dance moves and visibly having a blast.
Founder Sunny Jain tackles North Indian bhangra rhythms on the double-headed dhol drum, with more drummers and five horns mixing in funk, jazz and hiphop.
With a schedule of nearly 200 dates a year, this five-year-old ensemble is built on a mix of Punjabi and Western pop styles that was developed in Britain in the 1980s by first- and second- generation immigrants from the Indian subcontinent.
Seen by some in the West as an overall expression of South Asian culture, bhangra now exists in various forms and styles all over the globe.
Along with three drummers and percussionists, Red Baraat features soprano sax, trumpets, trombone and sousaphone.
The group, which also released “Chaal Baby” in 2010, play clubs, festivals and college auditoriums around the world.
Red Baraat’s high-profile performances include visits to the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Paralympics closing ceremony in London.
Individually, Jain has recorded with artists including Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel and Asphalt Orchestra and also leads rock band Junoon.
Meanwhile, other band members have been heard at top music festivals, in New York shows such as the Off Broadway hit “Stomp’’ and the Broadway show “Fela!” alongside musicians like Clarence Clemons, Charlie Hunter, Les McCann, Butch Morris, The O’Jays, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Reggie Workman, Terell Stafford, David Byrne and St. Vincent, a well on Jonah Hill’s Fox TV show “Allen Gregory” and the 2007 feature film “The Living Wake.’’
Tickets range from $17 to $30. For details, call the box office at 646-2422 or log onto hop.dartmouth.edu.
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