Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

New York Public Radio Live: Celebrating 40 Years of John Schaefer and New Sounds on WNYC!

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM 21+ Years
New York Public Radio Live: Celebrating 40 Years of John Schaefer and New Sounds on WNYC!

Event Info

Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Valid photo ID required at door for entry

Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM

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Brooklyn Bowl and New York Public Radio have teamed up to present an annual fundraising event celebrating all of New York Public Radio’s brands, including WNYC, WQXR and Gothamist. This year we are excited to honor 40 years of John Schaefer as host of the influential New Sounds!

Join us in celebration of this milestone anniversary, for performances by Red Baraat and Combo Chimbita along with a DJ set by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with a stellar line-up of on-air and podcast talent, hosts, producers, and staff on and off the lanes.

Guests are invited to purchase individual tickets or bowling lanes. Purchasing a bowling lane means you and your friends  will be able to bowl the night away with the WNYC host of your choice. All ticket sales and contributions support New York Public Radio and its mission to make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the spirit more joyful through excellent audio programming.

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Artist Info

Combo Chimbita

Red Baraat

Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.


Their infectious rhythms roll over the audience like a hurricane and let the audience breathe only in a short ballad pause. - RHEIN MAIN PRESS (GERMANY)


Reemerging in 2021 with a renewed focus, energy and sound, Red Baraat headlined the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center with master percussionist, Zakir Hussain, performed at the Dubai World Expo, and toured its 10th annual Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Much more is in store for 2022-23.


The band’s 2018 album release, “Sound The People”, hit the top 10 on the World Music Charts Europe and was heralded in the US as the anthem soundtrack for the South Asian diaspora by US hipster, indie-rock magazine, Stereogum:


The funk, ska-punk, and other American forms that make their way into the music are layered intricately within the same threadwork as the ragas on which these songs are pulled from. Each piece is a gesture of cultural harmony, rendering not only genre irrelevant, but the geographic placement of those sounds. The album is full of moments that hit with the force of a spiritual awakening.

2018 also saw the band touring Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, US, Canada and Europe. They headlined the renowned WOMAD Festival in Cáceres, Spain in front of 10,000 people, performed the Vienna Konzerthaus (Philharmonie) in Austria and had the crowd jumping at Rudolstadt Festival in Germany. The release of Red Baraat’s 2nd album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts in the USA and propelled the band on a world tour that has yet to stop. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Colours of Ostrava, just to name a few. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the New York City’s legendary rock club Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House (Obama), TED and Olympic Games. 

This year's 'discovery' [WOMAD UK Festival], though, was Red Baraat, a cacophonous bhangra funk band from Brooklyn. Think Punjabi weddings, Delhi street brass bands, modern jazz and rock. - THE TELEGRAPH (UK) 


But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat has built a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that keeps the band on the road all over the world the last several years. It’s here where Red Baraat does what it does best - communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance which, tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “The band…our songs…are addressing the multiplicity of viewpoints,” says Jain. “There’s ‘Zindabad,’ which means ‘Long Live’ in Hindi. In that song, we’re saying that we celebrate life, we celebrate devotion — but we also celebrate agitation and revolution. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.” 

A Big Band for the World. – WALL STREET JOURNAL

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