Red Baraat proved why they’ve been dubbed ‘the best party band in years’ with a vibrant and eclectically raucous performance at Austin’s Mohawk. The pioneering 8-piece band from Brooklyn, NY is currently touring to celebrate the release of their latest project, Bhangra Pirates, an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra.

The band is also on tour promoting their Festival of Colors, a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors.” The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive. The festival debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and has since expanded to cities nationwide.

Photographer Corey Mendez had the opportunity to celebrate Bhangra Pirates style with Red Baraat at Mohawk. Scroll through some of the evening’s highlights below.

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Photos by: Corey Mendez

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