Future Funk with a World Beat
Bhangra funk is the explosive, multicultural dance music of the next generation and Red Baraat are its undisputed kings. This seven-piece “dhol n’ brass” outfit has been hailed as “the best party band in years” by NPR and “a big band for the world” by the Wall Street Journal. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide accolades for its singular sound, a merging of hard-driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy.
The band’s high-octane live shows have lit up iconic stages worldwide, from WOMAD to The White House. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Olympic Games and Providence’s own PVDFest, communing with audiences in a joyful, near-hedonistic celebration of music and dance. Created with a purposeful agenda to manifest joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.
“If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.” -Sunny Jain
FREE, ALL-AGES “SPARKLE MOTION: DIY RIBBON DANCER” WORKSHOP
Get your festival on at the free FirstWorks craft table by the Roger Williams Park Bandstand! Eco-friendly face glitter will be available as well as an easy ribbon-dancer craft workshop. All ages are welcome for this pre-concert event starting at 5 p.m.
Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department.
Additional support from Providence Tourism Council