On the road with Red Baraat

It’s been a busy summer!  After 5 late June performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, I recently returned from a few weeks of touring with Red Baraat in the Midwest US and Scandanavia.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, 7/11/10

Highlights from the Midwest include performances at the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, Chicago Summer Dance (with bhangra lessons of course), and Detroit’s Concert of Colors.  In Wisconsin, I was committed to find the best frozen custard but totally struck out… I guess we’ll have to go back soon!

In Europe, we had the privilege of playing at the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.  This was the band’s (and my) first time performing in Europe and was an amazing experience.  Though it was raining most of the time in Molde, the audiences were still energetic and coming out for the bhangra brass funk (and the waffle carts on the street were delicious).  At Pori, we had the honor of sharing the stage (in front of maybe 4,000 people!) with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and the legendary Gil Scott-Heron.  Gil even gave us a shout out at the beginning of his set saying something like, “Wasn’t that band amazing?  They made me want to go home and practice my tuba!” (as he bopped around on stage).  It was an exciting week in Scandanavia, and I’m looking forward to bringing our music to more countries around Europe and the World!

The late summer is still busy in New York and the east coast with shows in Pennsylvania, Queens, and Brooklyn (visit the shows page for all the details).  Then in September, Red Baraat heads on the road again for another Midwest stint, this time going to Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and making a return to Chicago.

Here is a fun video from our July performance at the Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. 

Thanks for the ongoing support and stay in touch!

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