Live Concert Photography: Brooklyn Rage Massive, Rupa and the April Fishes and the Red Baraat
March 9, 2015
As I mentioned in a previous post, last night, I was at Brooklyn Bowl, the JOVM unofficial home office to catch Brooklyn Raga Massive, Rupa and the April Fishes and Red Baraat for a show that turned out to be both a raucous celebration of Indian music and culture and a celebration of the Celebration of Colors, an annual (and ancient) spring rite. Opener, Brooklyn Raga Massive played a set of classical Indian music that possessed elements of Western jazz – and in fact, they fittingly covered an Alice Coltrane composition towards the end of their set towards rather dramatic effect. The aforementioned Rupa and the April Fishes had a set that was overly political – it included a cover of The Clash’s “The Guns of Brixton” as a pure protest song – while displaying a sound that was both genre-defying and globe spanning. Lyrics were sung in several different languages as the material comprised elements of cumbia, Romani folk, punk rock and others.
Red Baraat, who I once saw open an incredible Celebrate Brooklyn! show that included the late, great Chuck Brown and Dr. John, closed out the night with a propulsive that possessed elements of Bhangra and New Orleans-brass band, led by dhol, an Indian drum, which interestingly enough, bears a resemblance to the African talking drum. It’s a deeply populist sound that can get a crowd up and dancing – and it helps that they always play with a very high energy, often jumping up and down, dancing and jumping into the crowd. If you weren’t dancing and sweating with them, you’d probably be dead.
Check out photos from the show below.
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Rupa and the April Fishes
For more photos, check out the Flickr set here: