Boasting a dozen acts across two days, Austin’s installment of the Wobeon world music fest ranges talent from Bermuda (Sunday headliner Collie Buddz) to Benin (Saturday superstar Angélique Kidjo). Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Ghana, Mali – they arrive from all corners, even Brooklyn.
A clanging cacophony of horns and percussion both Bollywood and Bayou brass, New York octet Red Baraat returns from dropping jaws at South by Southwest as led by Sunny Jain on dhol, a double barreled drum that spews thunder and lightning.
“Just like laughter is infectious, good vibes and joy are infectious,” Jain explains by phone from Brooklyn. “People see that, but they also hear the joy and passion in our music and that visceral emotion coming through the brass and the drums.
“Those Punjabi rhythms just make you move.”
Frequently described as equal parts Indian wedding music and second-line New Orleans brass, the band’s Crescent City sound began as pure coincidence, according to Jain.
“Shortly after the band started, I basically learned about Dixieland and ragtime but wasn’t hip to what was going on in New Orleans right now – bands such as Soul Rebels, Stooges Brass Band, Glen David Andrews. That’s when it became obvious that there was this direct relationship. It has swing; it’s not straight. It’s not rock & roll.”
The diversity of Red Baraat creates a unique sound that reflects the group’s home base.
“A lot of the guys come from a jazz background. There’s also some ska and reggae influence. There are classical arrangers and composers in the band and there’s hip-hop. Everyone comes from a different experience, so when you blend it all together it almost feels like living in Brooklyn.”– Thomas Fawcett
One day, the Continental Club will name this hot-rod jam after its annual centerpiece, birth-of-rock bedrock James Burton. Beginning Thursday in Taylor at Old Beyersville Hall with the kickoff barbecue (noon-4pm), musically the action peaks at the South Austin speakeasy tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids topping its five-day run with Burton beforehand.
A sea of chrome at the Travis County Expo Center, drive-in movies at Top Notch Burgers (7525 Burnet), and Sunday’s 11am Hill Country procession to Ski Shores Cafe – hot damn.
Expo Center: Deke Dickerson (11am), Morry Sochat & the Special 20’s (12:45pm), Royal Rhythmaires (2:30), James Burton (4:30); Jo’s Coffee: Thunderchiefs (6); Lost Counts (7:15); Ugly Beats (8:30); world premiere of Mad Fabricators, Vol. 7 (10); Nasty’s (7pm-2am): Texas Blue Dots, Santos Puertas, Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp’s Texasbilly Family Band, Eddie Peery, Tomahawks; Poodle Dog Lounge: Mandy Marie & the Cool Hand Lukes (9), Hellbound Hayride (10:30), Pushrod (12mid)– Raoul Hernandez
Guided by Conrad “Prof” Johnson, Houston’s funk orchestra from Kashmere High School redefined the possibilities for school music programs with its massive sound. Documentary Thunder Soul recounts the competition-dominating band’s Seventies heyday and a poignant 2008 reunion concert that Johnson lived just long enough to see. Family band Kool & Together spent the Seventies spooling spaced-out funk rock in Victoria, but their oft-scintillating output was forgotten until Heavy Light’s 2011 reissue.– Greg Beets
Marmalakes, Sour Notes, and Residual Kid top skating, gaming, U-18 band competition, noon-5pm.
There’s something deliciously brutal about Vancouver’s White Lung and their oily, rain-soaked hardcore dressed up in a ghostly squall. Almost a year removed from 19-minute sophomore powder keg Sorry, and fresh off a whirlwind SXSW, the onslaught is catching on in a way chaos scarcely does anymore. Frontwoman Mish Way sings with her soul hanging by a thread. Local punks Feral Future open.– Luke Winkie