Through lively processions, parades, and stage performances, VamoLá brings to life the celebratory spirit of Brazilian carnival! While the emphasis is on samba—“the essence of the Brazilian musical soul”—VamoLá offers a rich array of other Brazilian music and dance styles as well, from the radical, hip-hop rhythms of samba-reggae to the elegant, powerful rhythms of maracatu. This exuberant drum and dance ensemble envelops the audience in driving rhythms, inviting the audience to join in and delighting viewers of all ages.
In a little more than a year, Tubaluba has made quite a name for itself while bringing the New Orleans Brass Band tradition to the streets and clubs of Seattle. Whether its leading second line parades at the Fremont Solstice Parade, U District Street Fair, Ballard SeaFoodfest, the West Seattle Street Fair, Fremont Lovefest, and Fremont’s Oktoberfest or tearing the roof off of local clubs like the Tractor Tavern, the Nectar Lounge, and the Croc, Tubaluba is just the grease you need to keep it movin’ all night long. Tubaluba brings vocals, piano, drums, and a mess of horns to the party, serving up New Orleans classics with second line-ified R&B tunes and booty shakin’ originals. Funk yeah!
Hailing from Seattle, Titanium Sporkestra play marching band music like you’ve never heard it before. A typical Titanium Sporkestra performance involves booty shaking rhythms, heavy metal covers, flaming trombones and more. Titanium Sporkestra has performed all over the West Coast, won Burning Man last year, and are excited to continue banging and blowing into 2011.
Thirty piece, full tilt boogie, brass band explosion from East Vancouver plays funk, calypso, samba, and world-beat for you to cut a rug to! We bring pure love and a lively atmosphere whether we’re playing Vancouver’s Folk Festival or a small political rally in support of indigenous rights, peace or the Poverty Olympics. The best part is that we encourage anyone at any level of musical experience to participate. Under the musical direction and “spiritual leadership” of Ross Raymond Barrett and Tim Sars, we maintain that community music is grounded in love and collaboration, with the aim of empowering the individuals involved. Songs and performances are a means to creative expression and community cohesiveness, rather than an end in themselves.
From the city which spawned grunge music and the sounds of Quincy Jones to Jimi Hendrix, comes the Sounders FC Sound Wave. Sound Wave is the official band of the Seattle Sounders FC and is the brainchild of Sounders FC minority owner Drew Carey. The 53-person ensemble is made up of traditional marching percussion and brass instruments, bringing the Sounders FC passion to life. The Sound Wave plays custom arrangements from all types of music including Latin, funk, big band, pop and rock.