New Years Eve Party
Dec
31
10:30 PM22:30

New Years Eve Party

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.


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Brazilian Halloween Ball
Oct
29
to Oct 30

Brazilian Halloween Ball

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!

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Brazilian Independence Day Celebration
Sep
12
to Sep 13

Brazilian Independence Day Celebration

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?




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Brazilian Percussion Workshop with Dudu Fuentes
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Brazilian Percussion Workshop with Dudu Fuentes

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!

Cost: $20

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.

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2015 Portland Short Track - Monday evening
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

2015 Portland Short Track - Monday evening

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.

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World Beat Festival
Jun
28
12:45 PM12:45

World Beat Festival

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."

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World Naked Bike Ride
Jun
27
10:00 PM22:00

World Naked Bike Ride

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...

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Make Music Day PDX
Jun
21
1:00 PM13:00

Make Music Day PDX

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.

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Carioca Bowls Grand Opening
Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Carioca Bowls Grand Opening

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.

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Healing the Health Care Blues Festival
Apr
11
to Apr 12

Healing the Health Care Blues Festival

  • North Portland Eagle's Lodge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
Tickets; $20.00
https://tickettomato.com/event.php?event_id=2753
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 
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Bahia Carnaval
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Bahia Carnaval

Join the visual and musical feast at the Bahia Brazil Arts Center as Bloco Alegria accompanies Ana Laidley, renowned Brazilian dancer and choreographer. Be prepared for a lively and welcoming night of music and dance celebrating the musical and dance heritage of Bahia.

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Jai Ho Dance Party
Jan
30
to Jan 31

Jai Ho Dance Party

Samba meets Bollywood at the fifth anniversary of the Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Party. Bloco Alegria enthusiastically adds a Brazilian accent to an evening of Prashant's beyond awesome music magic. We cannot wait.

Doors open at 8:00pm. Bloco plays at 11:00pm.

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Crystal Ballroom Birthday Party
Jan
11
4:00 PM16:00

Crystal Ballroom Birthday Party

Bloco Alegria takes another trip to the Crystal Ballroom, this time for its annual birthday party. Kicking off the show, Bloco Alegria's bateria and dancers will sizzle up some saucy samba, preparing the crowd for an ecstatic evening of musical moments. It's a free, all-ages event.

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