RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS is a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors." The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive.
The festival debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and has since expanded to cities nationwide. This year's iteration will take place in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and beyond.
Bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, and Grammy-nominated pianist/composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive, Mandeep Sethi, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes and Madame Gandhi.
Special guests for the 2017 Red Baraat Festival of Colors will be announced soon! This tour is in conjunction with the release of the band’s new album BHANGRA PIRATES on Rhyme & Reason Records.
DJ Ayes Cold
DJ Ayes Cold is one of D.C.'s most notorious female selectors right now. Known for her eclectic selections and her innovative mixes that seamlessly blend disparate genres, Ayes Cold has developed a unique presence in the District's music scene spinning at major venues like U Street Music Hall, Flash, 930 Club, The Howard Theatre, Merriweather Post Pavillion, and RFK Stadium. She has also performed at music festivals like SXSW, Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival and the Fields Festival; toured with electro-feminist band Madame Gandhi; opened for Tokimonsta (ft. Anderson Paak + Two Fresh) and locally shared bills with Solange Knowles, Chance the Rapper, and D.R.A.M. Catch her next month backing NYC-based rapper Princess Nokia in DC (Songbyrd) and Baltimore (Metro Gallery).
The Kominas have been called many things over the years, but are basically just 4 weird brown dudes in a surfy-punk band. Karna, Basim, Sunny, and Shahjehan are set to release their 5th album in 2017, and really want to do some good for the collective mental health of civil society. They look forward to sharing space with everyone celebrating Red Baraat's Festival of Colors.