What happens when Brazilian wild-west outlaws mix salsa with polka, cumbia with zydeco, pile it high with accordion and percussion, and sprinkle liberally with the bittersweet Portuguese poetry of “The Brazilian Hank Williams?” They dance, of course… in a honey-knickers two-step that would make the Green bay Packers blush like schoolgirls. z’Bumba plays forró, rowdy roots music from Northeastern Brazil. You don’t need fancy costumes or high heels to dance to this music, just a smile, some style, and a stranger.
9pm-12am Thousands of miles northeast of Rio, there’s a dusty land where Afro-Brazilian rhythm meets bittersweet, baroque harmonies in an earthy, accordion-rich stew called forró (fo-HOh.) Thousands of miles northwest of Brazil, there’s a soggy land where naked cyclists rule the streets, irony is rampant, and locals are just as likely to dance forró as they are alien-robot dubstep. It doesn’t matter whether you call it Brazilian Zydeco or salsa-meets-polka– just grab someone you like (or think you might,) hold them close, and start a wiggling two-step like you forgot what ‘puritan culture’ means. welcome to forró.
CARNAVAL w/ z'Bumba - maracaBOOM! - Samba Já of Eugene Tickets: $10 door, $8 in advance. GET MARDI GRAS STARTED RIGHT While most Americans only celebrate the last day of Carnaval - Fat Tuesday - Brazilians have been celebrating its full three days and nights for over 400 years! Carnaval starts this year on Saturday, February 9th, and z'Bumba has prepared the most explosive party in Portland: in addition to their accordion-soaked Brazilian dance music, z*Bumba is also joined by the thunderous maracaBOOM!, as well as Samba Já, Eugene's wild, twenty-piece Brazilian percussion orchestra. A royal court creates mood amidst mayhem, waving regally as couples dance the saucy two-step known as Forró (fo-HOh.) Drums rumble in primordial rites as dancers revel ecstatically through a cacophonous tunnel of pure rhythm, freeing themselves not only from the grip of a Portland winter, but also the confines of their very identities. Perhaps Brazilians call costumes 'fantasias' because Carnaval is the time to wear, to dress, to be your fantasy: costumes, body paint, masks, and overall extravagance are enthusiastically encouraged. Will Mayor Hales follow tradition by handing King Momo the key to the city? If the Secret Society is Still Standing after the final parade, Mardi Gras continues Tuesday with Professor Gall, Klezmocracy, and a bookend set from maracaBOOM!
The room is a blur of smiles, hips, and cocktails, but there is neither a drum kit nor any expertly-coiffed DJ's in skinny jeans spinning phat beats. How did it come to be that the unlikely pied pipers of tonight's gyrating horde were singing in Portuguese, wearing pirate hats and playing a triangle... in earnest? z'Bumba plays forró (fo-HOh) from Brazil's marginalized Northeast, an earthy music once universally derided by sophisticated Brazilian urbanites and totally unknown outside that vast country. Nothing compels rhythmic movement quite like the accordion-laced, percussion-studded Forro, whose dark, mysterious urgency makes dancing a joyful imperative. Good thing anybody can do forró's saucy two-step: many believe the word 'forró' came from the english "For All." Despite its humble origins, forró eventually became the rage in São Paulo, and it wasn't long before Paris, London, and New York followed suit. Has forró fever finally found footing in Portland? We hope so, but see for yourself: You need only a smile, some style, and a stranger!
For over three years, z'Bumba has packed this room with dancers eager to get their forró on. The venue's got the best fresh-squeezed drinks in town, and has invested in air conditioning, stage lighting, sound treatments, and a great sound system - - everything to give you a great show experience. Of course, there is z'Bumba's music, which you can find here on ReverbNation.
Sounds Like: LUIZ GONZAGA, Jackson do Pandeiro, Gilberto Gil, Maciel Salú, Carlinhos Brown
Label: Gravados Cangaçeiros LTDA
Bio: z'Bumba brings Forró (fo-HOh,) the raucous, rebellious roots music of Brazil's northeast, to the American Northwest.
The love child of Zydeco and Salsa, cousin of Cumbia, this irrepressibly danceable music is a fresh, tropical aural fruit salad, a gorgeous mixture of impossibly delicious sounds...See Full Bio
Share the Forro bounty! This Saturday, exchange with Nininho, listen to MaracaBOOM!, and dance with us, z'Bumba, at Secret Society!