Annual Mardi Gras parade down Mississippi, followed by an after-party at the Ecliptic brewery warehouse.
Bloco Alegria! Dancers! Special guests!
Dj Digo Spinning the most danceable tunes, Samba, Brazilian Funk, Forro, and more!
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Join Bloco Alegria for some samba at the Crystal Ballroom's 103rd Birthday Party Free-For-All! Yes, that means it is free and family friendly :)
For more info on the event go to: http://www.crystalballroompdx.com/events/163839-Crystal-Ballrooms-103rd-Birthday-Free-For-All
Bloco Alegria followed by Jujuba (funky Afrobeat and Juju music with an eleven-piece band!!!) Get ready to dance!
Bloco Alegria will be bringing the samba to the 3rd annual Brazilian Halloween Ball! Costumes, capoeira, + DJ Digo spinning the most danceable Brazilian and American tunes!
Enjoy another Bloco Alegria equinox groove call at the Star Theater on Saturday, September 24th. The dancers and musicians are back at the Star for another night of music and dance, this time including the DJ grooves of DJ Blas, the intoxicating dance of Beto Guimarães, and the mesmerizing capoeira of CTE Capoeiragem.
Doors open at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm.
$10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Bloco Alegria rehearses and conducts classes and workshops at Musicians Union Local 99.
While strolling through the amusements at Last Thursday on NE Alberta, stop by the corner at NE 19th Avenue to catch a small, energetic contingent from Bloco Alegria. The night will be hot, the music hotter!
Show your support for universal health care by attending the 5th Annual Healing the Healthcare Blues benefit for Health Care for All Oregon. For the second year in a row, Bloco Alegria adds Brazilian musical color to an awesome evening of blues by the Norman Sylvester Band and friends.
Doors open at 6:00pm with Bloco marching in at 9:00pm.
While you're learning about universal health care, also enjoy delicious food and drink. Take home a raffle prize if you have a lucky night.
See you there!
Greetings music and dance lovers!
The Mountain Park Recreation Center and Bloco Alegria welcome you to an evening of Brazilian music and dance. Join your neighbors, friends and family for a big taste of Brazilian performance art on February 26th. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 7:00pm. See you there!
The $8.00 admission includes refreshments (coffee, tea, lemonade and cookies). Children 3 and under are free. Tickets at the door.
Sheyla Mattos, Almiro Aquilino, and the BBAC community invite you to an afternoon and evening of Brazilian Carnaval fun at the Bahia Brazil Art Center in SE Portland.
Any children within your orbit can get their Brazilian move on with kids performance, a dance lesson and costume contest from 4pm to 6pm.
The adults take over the space from 8pm to midnight with food, drink, dancing and music. Somewhere in there you'll find the percussionists, dancers and singers of Bloco Alegria, helping you feel the pulses of Brazilian Carnaval. If your feet start moving of their own accord, do not worry. They will have the ample and lively company of all of their nearby foot friends.
You can purchase tickets in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.
Complete your Portland Mardi Gras experience with the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade on eclectic North Mississippi Avenue.
Join the cast of characters from Misty Krewe of Nimbus, starting at 6:00pm at Victoria Bar and finishing nine blocks south at Ecliptic Brewing. On the route, expect the mezmerizingly elliptical sounds of Bloco Alegria, Transcendental Marching Band, and Skull and Bones second line band.
Following the parade, multiple venues keep the excitement going, including the kids costume awards at Mississippi Pizza.
Will we recognize you? Only your costume will know. See you there!
Bloco Alegria helps celebrate Louisiana culture when Misty Krewe of Nimbus puts on their 6th annual ball, bringing the traditional Mardi Gras experience to our fair city, this time at the Wonder Ballroom and this time with sounds from Brazil. With the theme of "Life is a Carnival", you have the opportunity to interpret your life as a carnival, and what better place to start interpreting than the Wonder Ballroom on February 6th!
As they don't say in Rio (or Portland for that matter), Laissez les bon temps roullez!
Well, if you want to enjoy a sizeable fraction of the bands providing Brazilian flavor to the dance floors in town, get your thing over to the Star Theater on February 5th. Oh yes, it will be a robust night at the Star, with busy Brazilian beats driving your furiously flying feets. And if that's not enough excitement, the Rejoice: Diaspora Dance Theatre will join Z'Bumba, Popgoji and Bloco Alegria with flavors of their own making. This is like ordering everything on the menu, no?
See you there!!!
Bloco returns to the Crystal Ballroom to celebrate the venerable venue's birthday, this time its 102nd orbit around the Sun. It was fun last time. It'll be double fun this time.
From the Crystal Ballroom website:
Back by popular demand! Last year we resurrected one of our favorite annual events and much to our delight the community came out with a bang! So again we fling open our doors and invite all comers to this no-cover all-ages birthday wing-ding. With the Crystal Hotel open, the fun covers two city blocks: Music in four different rooms; comedy in Al's Den; property tours; kids fun; food and drink specials; tastings of our spirits, wine and beer; and of course a special birthday brew will pour throughout the properties.
The family-friendly festivities begin at 1pm, with Bloco Alegria playing and dancing at 4pm in the main Ballroom venue.
Once you have experienced a dance floor under the careful watch of DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid, there is no going back to your previous life. Add to this the percussion of the Bloco Alegria players and the dynamism of Bloco Alegria dancers, you might even forget who you are.
If this sounds like fun, start your transformation when the doors open at 9pm. Bloco plays at 10pm, and its gorgeous dancers help bring in the New Year at midnight.
Let's hang onto our hats together. See you there.
Join Bloco Alegria and DJ Digo for "A Halloween with a Twist" at The Analog in inner SE Portland. Make no mistake, the live grooves of Bloco Alegria and the hot tunes of DJ Digo will make it impossible to do anything but shake whatever you have to shake for as long as you have to shake it. And that could be all night!
Don't forget that Thursday is the Eve of the Eve of Halloween, and if that doesn't inspire you to come visually altered in your Halloween makeover, maybe the prizes for outstanding costumes will. Yes, indeed!
And if you have always wanted to learn a little bit of samba dance and have the chance to win friends and influence people with your new moves, you will not go away disappointed. Samba dance lessons await you at The Analog. Believe it!
Finally, yes, it's a work night for most folks. But if you find yourself a bit tired and desirous of a quiet little respite from the travails of the day (yawn), you'll probably be able to find yourself a quiet little corner at the Analog for a well deserved nap. But the dreams! The dreams!
Sponsored by the Derek Rieth Foundation and the Portland Happiness Center, Batucada PDX presents an evening of music and dance at the Crush Bar, celebrating the 193rd Anniversary of the declaration of Brazil's independence from Portugal by Prince Pedro on the banks of the Ipiranga River.
The evening will include samba dance lessons, the Rio-style samba grooves of Portland's Bloco Alegria and the irresistible sounds of DJ Digo, not to mention the friendly vibes and great food and drink of the Crush Bar.
What better way to experience the sultry beginnings of Autumn than to immerse yourself in a night of Brazilian vibrations?
Metro offers a day of food and music from around the world at Blue Lake Regional Park, starting at 11:00AM and ending at 5:00PM. Get ready to dance and groove when Bloco Alegria adds its special sauce at 2:30PM. If you've never been to Blue Lake Park, maybe September 5th is the day to do it!
Launch your Labor Day weekend with a day of music, ranging from taiko to samba to classical.
Excerpted from the Facebook page hosted by Pauline Serrano...
Master percussionist Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes is one of Rio de Janeiro’s foremost percussionists, and a very popular instructor at California Brazil Camp which is held every year in Cazadero, California. As former director and principal arranger of the popular Carnaval bloco, Bangalafumenga, Dudu is recognized for creating percussion arrangements that have breathed new life into Brazilian rhythms. Dudu’s unique style of adapting folkloric Brazilian rhythms like ciranda, côco, maculelê and ijexá for samba bateria instruments has taken him around the world teaching workshops in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Formerly a member and teacher for the award-winning group, Monobloco, Dudu currently teaches and arranges for his new bloco, Batucalacatuca (BaTUcalacaTUca). He also is part of Du Rio, a band created along with other members of Monobloco. When Dudu is not working with his blocos, he parades in the baterias of various Rio samba schools including São Clemente, Imperio Serrano and Portela.
Please bring typical bateria instruments. Extras are always appreciated for those who may not have equipment.
Dudu will teach us two pieces: a Samba rhythm and another cool rhythm to be determined soon!
People will be gathering at 6:00PM for the usual sectional-style lessons as well as for workshop preparation/anticipation. The workshop will run from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. If you don't show up at 6:00PM, at least try to arrive before the workshop starts.
Expect an after party, either at the Union or at a local establishment.
Bloco Alegria performs its first concert for the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau summer concert series.
What better setting than Mt. Tabor's natural amphitheater wrought of volcanic rock to hear the samba eruptions of Bloco Alegria!
Bloco Alegra's musicians and dancers accompany the racers as they whiz by on the trails (yes, trails) of the Portland International Raceway. The event? The July 6th installment of the 2015 Portland Short Track Monday evening series. If you're not up for racing your own machine, enjoy a lively summer afternoon and evening replete with cycling, music, dance, food and drink.
Bloco Alegria is honored to join the performers at the Salem Multicultural Institute's annual World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem. Enjoy individual and group performances from around the world at this one of a kind event.
Last year there were over 80 performing acts and more than 23,000 attendees. The theme this year is the "Story of the Drum."
Bloco Alegria celebrates the popular World Naked Bike Ride with some samba love for the riders when they complete their breezy journey through various parts of Portland. The band will play at the terminus of the ride, welcoming the arriving cyclists with hot Brazilian dance grooves.
The ride will start at Colonel Summers Park without the participants or Bloco Alegria knowing the ultimate destination of the pedal pushers. Leaving out some details, the vanguard will know the end of the ride is near when they hear the sonic beacon of Portland's only community samba band.
The clock to "naked nirvana" is ticking...
Join Bloco Alegria at the International Make Music Day stage at McCoy Park, sponsored by Willamette Week and the City of Portland. This event coincides with the City's North Portland Sunday Parkways event. McCoy Park is along the Sunday Parkways route, so it'll be a breeze to cycle on by and catch some samba along the way.
If you want to try some samba with your açaí, come to Carioca Bowls' grand opening at SE 9th and Alberta. Bloco Alegria's percussionists and dancers will be adding lively flavors to the already delicious treats served by Portland's first açaí cafe . Also enjoy capoeira, outdoor yoga, and more live music while you take in the last day of a beautiful Spring.
If you you're curious about or interested in performing with Bloco Alegria, come to the Wednesday workshop to learn and play a variety of Brazilian music styles from the band's repertoire. The workshop runs from 7pm to 9pm in the FICA Capoeira Angola studio at 707 NE Broadway on the second floor of the building.
Bloco Alegria once again shares its samba sauce at the Embers' Spring Fling. What better way to celebrate Spring in the late hours of a Sunday night than to dervishly whirl to the sounds of DJ Francisco PDX and Bloco Alegria?
Show your support for universal health care by attending the 4th annual benefit for Health Care for All Oregon. Bloco Alegria adds a Brazilian musicial accent to an evening of blues by the Norman Sylvester Band and friends.
Doors open at 5:30, with Bloco making some samba at around 7:00pm.
From the HCAO website:
Dinner, Drinks & Desserts for purchase
Silent Auction of wonderful donations
Large Dance floor
Community Village with information tables
Music Millennium, Musician's Union & Geneva's Hair Perfection
To find out more go to http://hcao.org/past-events-index/ and check out 2012~2014 Festival pictures
Also at https://www.facebook.com/healingthehealthcareblues