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On Tuesday, July 24, Boca do Rio brings their Brazilian Electro Soul to the Elbo Room for a throw-down of epic proportions. Boca do Rio recently returned from a much-anticipated trip to Goiania, Brazil, where they recorded a CD with the Brazilian bass master, Bororo Felipe, soon to be released on Vagabundo Records. San Francisco hosts one of the largest populations of Goianians outside of Brazil. Both bands on this Samba Tuesdays at the Elbo are born of the hybrid between San Francisco groove and Brazilian beats – but from different sides of the hemisphere. The traditional sounds of the Brothers Calatayud open the show with a samba so sweet that you can't help but dance. The Brothers have lived and thrived in the Bay Area since 1993 and have formed the foundation of the Brazilian music scene here for nearly two decades. The San Francisco band Boca do Rio takes its name from the Portuguese “mouth of the river” – the place where myriad streams and sources converge into one powerful, flowing, physical energy. The band started flowing when Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud formed a musical partnership in the late nineties that would redefine Brazilian music in the Bay Area. The musical collaboration was founded in deep respect for past traditions, steeped in the sambas and choros (Brazilian ragtime of a bygone era) that echoed through the Brazilian favelas, while always evolving forward to create an organic sound that is decidely modern and funky. Kevin Welch, Boca’s founder, composer, guitarist, and vocalist, has a rich personal and musical history that became entwined with Brazil during an extended ecological research trip in the Amazon. There he became transformed by the spirit of the people sharing in the rhythms of daily life and reflecting this joy in the sambas. Welch then landed in California to cultivate the inspirations that were planted in Brazil and began creating a community that spanned the Americas. In 1995 he started the innovative group Vivendo de Pão, which became a mainstay on San Francisco’s club and festival scene and opened for touring acts like Gal Costa, Macy Gray, Poncho Sanchez, Sergio Mendes, and Los Van Van. Boca do Rio began as a trio offshoot of Vivendo in the late 1990s, then expanded into the principal vehicle for Welch and Calatayud’s evolving creative vision, exploring the synergy between soul jazz and Brazilian roots music. Alex Calatayud, a native son of Goiania, Brazil, ignites the fire and passion of his land and people. In his hands beat the pulse of a nation – his signature groove is a distilled drop of Brazil so pure and true that masters far and wide call on him for his unique swing. After living in California for 14 years, Alex developed a style that is a uniquely syncretic blend of the Americas – funky and fresh, heavy and deep. “Fantastic music steeped in the infectious rhythms of Brazil, Boca do Rio, balances expert musicianship with serious dance grooves.” 7X7 magazine, San Francisco
Bio: The Brothers Calatayud & Little Brasil carry on a rich family musical legacy with roots in Goiania, Brazil, and are respected as some of the truest and most unique representatives in America of the popular form of samba known as pagode. Born to a percussionist mother and a guitar-playing father, ...See Full Bio