Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ginga Video!

Here is a video that I shot a while back of Ginga, a Boulder, Colorado-based samba group specializing in pagode-style samba - an inclusive, highly energized and vocally oriented version of traditional samba that came out the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The group was founded several years ago by native Brazilian Francisco Marques (vocals, percussion, cavaquinho), Greg LaLiberte (vocals, percussion, woodwinds), Raoul Rossiter (vocals, percussion), Bill Kopper (vocals, 7-string guitar), Carl Dixon (vocals, percussion), and Ian Brighton (vocals, percussion, woodwinds). Initially playing to small crowds for intermittent gigs around the Boulder area, the group now plays to capacity rooms on nearly every gig. Brazilians, South Americans, and North Americans are all equally represented in an increasingly growing and loyal fan base. The group is known for its authenticity in presenting a style of music that is rarely heard outside the borders of Brazil, bringing to the States a live concert experience that used to be available only on recordings.

Check them out live yourself this coming Thursday (March 3) at the Laughing Goat in Boulder or on Saturday (March 5) at the Mercury Cafe in Denver!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mitchell Wedding in Kauai

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I had the privilege of taking a little vacation to Hanalei Bay, Kauai over the holidays for my best friend's wedding. The lovely Brittany Rizza finally became Brittany Rizza Mitchell as she sealed the deal with the handsome Kevin Mitchell. The wedding was straight out of a magazine...with the bay in the background and the sun perfectly out for the first time in a week. We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous setting.

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