Red Baraat, Friday, July 27, 5:30 p.m., 1250 Bannock St., Denver, swallowhillmusic.org
f you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like for a New Orleans brass band to march across the set of a Bollywood musical, Red Baraat can help you with that. And even if you haven’t, the boisterous Brooklyn band is still worthy of your attention. Emerging a decade ago from the remnants of an Indian brass wedding ensemble, Red Baraat have won over fans and critics with a mix of Bhangra and psychedelia that features traditional call-and-response vocals, South Asian percussion, a full-on drumkit and the occasional fuzzed-out electric guitar solo. The horn section is also killer, with sousaphonist John Altieri laying down basslines that are as funky as any recent band that doesn’t have George Porter in it. You can start out with Sound the People
, which was co-produced by Run the Jewels cohort Little Shalimar and bandleader-percussionist Sunny Jain. Released late last month, it features lyrics that Jain began writing in the weeks following the Trump election. Album highlights range from the politically charged rap by Das Racist emcee Heems on the title track, to the noticeably more cheerful “Moray Gari Suno,” the latter an example of the Indo-Caribbean “Chutney music” that was all the rage back in 1960s Trinidad.