Squaredancing with the Saints: Brazilian Festa Junina!

Like the love child of zydeco and salsa, this irrepressibly danceable music is a fresh, tropical aural fruit salad, a gorgeous mixture of impossibly delicious sounds like juicy mango accordions, peppery percussion, and the passion-fruit portuguese poetry as sung by scintillating São Paulo songstress Gabriella. It's hard to believe it was once the theme music of the Cangaçeiros, the infamous desert 'pirates' of Brazil's hinterlands.

Forró dancing starts simple, like a two step, but as the music quiets the brain and moves bodies, we're reminded that Brazil wasn't founded by Puritans.

$7 in advance • $8 at the door

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So these three saints walk into a Brazilian squaredance... It sounds like a corny joke, but Festa Junina -- the traditional Brazilian festivals of Saints John, Peter, and Anthony -- have set Guinness records for their sheer size, making them the "high holy days" of the rootsy, raucous and rhythmic accordion music known as Forró (fo-HOh.) You don't need to buy a plane ticket to Northeastern Brazil to experience forró firsthand - Portland's own z'Bumba is putting on their own Festa Junina at Secret Society on Saturday, June 8, with special decorations, costumes, and dances. In addition to z'Bumba's own rebellious repertoire of classics, originals, and perhaps a Sly Stone song, the show will include the famous Quadrilha: basically, Brazilian squaredance with a groove. Doors open at 8:30.

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Squaredancing with the Saints: Brazilian Festa Junina!

Saturday, June 8 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Secret Society