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Snatch One of Your Last Chances to Enjoy World Music in the Sunny Outdoors at the Brazilian Independence Day Festival Finale: September 12th, Sunday (Noon – 6:00 p.m.)

I don’t know about you … but to me, a tried and true summer girl, there is no better place to enjoy great world music than outdoors in the warm sunshine. So, as the season wears down, why not take advantage of one of your last opportunities to enjoy the fair outdoor weather. Come on out to the grand finale of the 15th annual Brazilian Independence Day Festival or as the native locals would call it “Veha Pintar o 7”. This Sunday event marks the end of a week-long series of celebrations. Most importantly it will be an afternoon chucked full of great opportunities to enjoy Brazilian music. 

The afternoon begins with a flag raising ceremony and the singing of the Brazilian national anthem by Ms. Daniela Speziale. Then march along with Marcus Santos and AfroBrazil during the festival parade. There’s plenty more music to be heard for the rest of the afternoon compliments of Afro Orpheu Musical, Forro band Cabras da Peste, and David Ramos e Samba no Pe. Included in the musical mix will be dance performances by the Moves & Vibes Co, and Capoeira with Mestre Chuvisco . Sounds like a pretty good line-up to me. 

You can continue your exploration of Brazilian culture by sampling the ethnic fare at the food booths, visiting various informational exhibits,  or checking out what’s for sale in the arts and crafts area. If you just happen to be a soccer fan, then you’ll want to meet local Brazilian star Roberto “Betu” Linck of the New England Revolution in person. Since this is an event for all ages, there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids happy, including special exhibits by the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. All in all this looks to be a great day to immerse yourself in a little Brazilian culture, to the tune of some great ethnic music. 







Event Details:

When: September 12th, Sunday (Noon – 6:00 p.m.) 

Where: Christian Herter Park (Brighton) 

Admission: Free 

More Info: 617-787-0557 (ext. 15)

September 7, 2010 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

In the Mood for Some Latin Jazz? Just Head on Over to Wally’s Cafe: Thursdays (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

It’s nice to know that whenever you are just hankering to hear some live Latin jazz, Wally’s Cafe is always there each and every Thursday night to satisfy those musical cravings. As winner of a Best of Boston Award and co-host of the infamous Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, this well-established nightclub proudly hosts live music 365 days a year! Furthermore, they are highly recommended by the widely popular jazz publication, Downbeat Magazine. 


 Wally’s is named for Joseph L. Walcott who immigrated here from Barbados and opened the establishment in 1947. Forever a family operated business, Wally’s was a huge part of the local jazz scene which at that time centered around the area of Mass and Columbus Aves. in Boston’s South End. Even though he was surrounded by the city’s top jazz clubs Mr. Walcott managed to beat out the competition with his knack for recruiting the best musicians who in turn attracted the biggest crowds. He also had a very high respect for up and coming talent, and thus provided regular opportunities for students from the top local music schools to perform on his stage amongst the professionals. What a great move on his part! We all know the entertainment value of these hidden gems yet to be discovered. To this very day, Wally’s Cafe still continues to carry-on this rich musical tradition and you can rest assured that if you’ve come for an evening of great Latin jazz entertainment, you will not walk away disappointed.



Event Details: 

21+ only
When: Thursday Evenings (9:00 p.m.  – 2:00 a.m.)
Where: Wally’s Cafe (South End)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-424-1408 OR
(Area Restaurants)

September 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Learn to Dance to the Music of the World @ the Dance Complex: Free Introductary Lessons Offered on September 19th, Sunday (1:00 -5:00 p.m.)

Attention!!! Free lessons being offered at the September Open House (see details following this post)

The Dance Complex, located in Cambridge’s Central Square, is an all-volunteer organization which promotes the art of dance in the Boston area. The recipient of numerous awards, it is run entirely by artists, and acts as a multi-faceted support center for dance professionals and enthusiasts alike. As I have pointed out so many times before, if you are looking for a way to enhance your world music listening experience, than learning some great ethnic dance moves is a good way to do it.

The Dance Complex currently employs over 60 instructors who are engaged in teaching dance forms from over 20 countries. From a world dance perspective, this broad global spectrum includes genres originating from Africa, Cuba, India, Haiti, Spain, Latin America, and the Middle East. You can try your hand at tango, salsa, flamenco, belly dance, samba, Bollywood or classical Indian dances, and more. If you want to throw a little fitness into the mix than you can try your hand at Zumba. There are also classes for kids too. Most classes are ongoing and allow for drop-ins- always a  welcome feature in my book. Costs range from $6 to $15 per session and if that doesn’t fit your budget, then you can even arrange to volunteer your time in exchange for some free lessonsIf you are willing to make a bigger commitment in advance, then you can take advantage of the special workshops being offered from time to time. You can even give the gift of dance to someone else by purchasing one of their gift certificates. For more info on the instruction program or to view postings of special performances given on the premises from time to time visit their website or call 617-547-9363 .

 If you have any interest in instruction at all, I would highly recommend that you attend the Dance Complex’s upcoming Open House. (see details below) And who knows … you might just get hooked on the idea of taking up some dance lessons on a regular, or even not so regular, basis. It’s free so come on, what do you have to lose?


Event Details:

Free Sample Lessons

When: September 19th, Sunday (Ongoing 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

Where: The Dance Complex (Central Square)

Admission: Free

More Info: 617-547-9363 OR

(Area Restaurants)

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