City Paper is not for tourists
This show has been rescheduled for April 4 due to inclement weather.
Brooklyn’s Red Baraat knows how to rock a party, and Thursday night, the band will celebrate the Hindu springtime event known as Holi, or the Festival of Colors. Holi occurs on the last full moon of the lunar month Falgun, when revelers dance and throw colorful chalk-like powders at friends. Red Baraat’s nine-piece brass and percussion combo is led by dhol drummer Sunny Jain, who incorporates his fondness for bhangra, jazz, funk, and go-go into the up-tempo tracks. Though the band takes inspiration from traditional music, its members are not traditionalists: On its new album, Gaadi of Truth, it mixes sounds through processing pedals, inserts some rapped verses about racial profiling, and includes a song remixed by Karsh Kale, who adds programmed beats inspired by music from South Asia, the U.K., and the U.S. The new release also includes more melodic tracks that call to mind flamenco music and the soundtracks of Bollywood and Spaghetti Westerns. Live, these tunes will offer celebrants a breather in an otherwise energetic performance. Red Baraat performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20–$40. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.