LEWISBURG, Pa. — Brooklyn-based fusion band Red Baraat will kick off the Weis Center's 2012-13 season with a free concert Friday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center's outdoor plaza. The event is free and open to the public. The rain location will be the Weis Center lobby.
Red Baraat has been described by the New York Times as "a Brooklyn brass band that looks to South Asia, pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots."
Their music fuses funk, go-go, latin and jazz. Red Baraat has made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world, and have played some of the most prestigious festivals worldwide including the Bonnaroo Festival in June 2012.
The group's debut CD, Chaal Baby (Sinj Records) was voted by several music critics as a top world and jazz release of 2010. Most recently, the title track, Chaal Baby, is the background promo ad music for the hit FX TV show, "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."
Prior to the free outdoor concert, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will host an Open House from 3-6 p.m. to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The Open House will include refreshments, giveaways, behind-the-scenes tours, and an Instrument Petting Zoo. In addition, members of the band Red Baraat will lead a 30-minute drumming workshop at 4 p.m. The members will talk about their music and demonstrate the different musical influences, with considerable emphasis on rhythm. The Open House is sponsored by Clayton and David Lightman.
Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, said, "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate 25 years of the performing arts at Bucknell than with a free outdoor concert showcasing one of the most boisterous and energetic fusion bands on the East Coast. They symbolize the energy and passion that we have for bringing progressive acts to Central Pennsylvania."
"Our Open House will also give people the opportunity to meet our staff, take a tour of the facility, and learn about our diverse and progressive programming," she said.
This tour engagement of Red Baraat is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The next event in the Weis Center's series will be a performance by the Anat Cohen Quartet, an award-winning jazz ensemble, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre. The free performance is part of the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series.
Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999. The Jazz Journalists Association named her "Clarinetist of the Year" from 2007 through 2012, the first time in the history of the awards that an artist has earned top clarinet honors six years running.
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