Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival 2016

Hello Sambistas!

Our gig is Sunday July 17th at 12 pm!  Dawes Park!  1700 Sheridan Road, Evanston.  #Boom

call time is 11 am.  white pants and EEDS shirt.  If you do not have a shirt e-mail reedflygt@gmail.com with your preferred size.  the samba van is leaving SRBCC (4048 w. armitage) around 10:15 am with room for 11 people, drums, coolers full of water and more, and great friendship!  contact reedflygt@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the van.  title the e-mail “samba van confirmation request.” right now i have spots for kelson, sergio, gloria, eudald, and michael covington.

REPERTOIRE: Last Rehearsal is this Wednesday July 13th 7-9 pm.

-Rio Style Samba with the appropriate Swing Feel

-Breaks 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

-Jorge Break “Butterfly”

-EEDS classic break “All of Shoulder”

-Baiana and Gerais Break (Gerais Break, Gerais Mangueira, Gerais 12 – 8)

all tracks here (https://soundcloud.com/evanston-escola-de-samba/tracks)

musically yours!

Carnaval 2016 is this Saturday!


Oi gente! Join EEDS for our annual Carnaval on Saturday, April 2! We will have drumming, dancing, food, Brazilian guest artist Mestre Jorge Alabê, Harlem Samba from New York and even more! Help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event and inviting your friends!

Where: 4048 w. Armitage (Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center)
When: 6pm-12am, Saturday, April 2

Schedule for the night (times are subject to change):

  • 6 – Doors Open
  • 7 – International Capoeira Angola Foundation – Chicago
  • 7:45 – Oloboom
  • 8 – Harlem Samba
  • 8:40 – Eastern Illinois University Samba
  • 9 – Evanston Escola de Samba with Jorge Alabê, Dill Costa, John Beard, David Chelimsky, Bateria Quilombola and more…
  • 10:15 – Bloco Maximo

Tickets: $15 in advance for adults, $20 cash only at the door, $10 for children 7-12 (cash only at the door), and free for children 6 or under. Buy tickets in advance with a Credit Card or PayPal here and save.

Also, join us before the show for TWO percussion classes with Brazilian master percussionist Jorge Alabê. This is a rare opportunity! (you can attend one or both classes – they are $25 each):
Weds March 30 Class: Samba Class 1 w/ Jorge Alabê
Fri April 1 Class: Samba Class 2 w/ Jorge Alabê

Get ready for Carnaval!

Oi gente! As the rest of the world celebrates Mardi Gras, EEDS is committed to keeping the Carnaval spirit going. We will be rehearsing every week, with a special set of workshops leading into the big day (April 2nd).

Classes are every Wednesday, 7-8:30 unless noted otherwise.
Fee: $12/class (Rates negotiable for all college and high school students. Work study options are available as well.)
Check out the schedule below:

Spring 2016 Schedule (all sessions are 7-8:30 unless noted):
Feb. 10, 17, 24
Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23 (March 23rd a lot of people will be joining us!!!)
March 30th and April 1—Workshops with Jorge Alabe 7-9 pm ($25 cash each)
April 2—EEDS CARNAVAL 2016 (Time TBA)

Everything will take place at our rehearsal space at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage)

Check out recordings of the songs, breaks, and calls that we will be rehearsing on our Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/evanston-escola-de-samba

Updated Repertoire and NEWS!


here are some things to check out!

EEDS Check list: Updated 1.20.16

  1. e-mail me!  reedflygt@gmail.com
  2. if needed 608.434.3173
  3. Carnaval is April 2nd.
  4. Jorge Alabe is coming Mar. 30th 7-9 pm and April 1st 7-9 pm.  $25 per class
  5. if you want transcriptions let me know specifically


  • Call and Response 
  • Breaks 1,2,3 and modified 3,5 and 6.
  • Shoulder Tap with extended surdo variation
  •  “O” aka Pirate, Jorge Alabe Breaks: “Thumb,” “T,” “Butterfly,” “Temple” 
  • Jorge Alabe Long Paradinha
  • Harlem Samba Big O Break and Surdo #4 Variation
  • Vou Festejar and Mocidade opening sequence

REPERTOIRE: Dudu Fuentes Material

  • Ijexa
  • Gerais Deja Gerais (?)
  • Baiana


  • Group Material: O Amanha, Vou Festejar, Explode Coracao, and Mocidade 2016
  • Bloco Maximo: Salgueiro 2014, Beija Flor 2015, E Hoje

You can check out recordings of some of these breaks on our Soundcloud page. We will be updating these recordings as the weeks progress.


-O Amanha w/ appropriate breaks (Monobloco version)

-Vou Festejar w/ appropriate breaks

-Mocidade 2016 w/ appropriate breaks (1 Break and Ending)

-Peguei Um Ita No Norte (AKA “Explode Coracao”) Salgueiro 1993

FREE Class in January at EEDS

Winter is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to warm up by hitting the drums with EEDS!

Throughout the month of January we are offering FREE classes as part of our preparations for Carnaval 2016. Carnaval is always our biggest event of the year and we want to get as many people as we can playing, dancing, and singing along!

During this special session we If you are new to EEDS this is the perfect opportunity to get started. You will learn to play the fundamentals of Samba. We will also be learning a samba-enredo (the school’s song for the year) that we will be featured at our Carnaval celebration later this spring.

No Commitment—Drop-in once, or every week—Admission is free

Class is every Wednesday (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27) from 7-8:30pm
We rehearse at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago)

Our first class is TONIGHT (6 Jan) so forget those humpday blues and make your way over to SRBCC and help us keep the tasty beats going!

Please visit the Facebook page for the event for updates, pics, videos, and much more!

Samba on!


On this #GivingTuesday please consider donating to Evanston Escola de Samba. EEDS is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland.

Your donation will help EEDS fulfill its mission by ensuring that we have the funds to continue teaching classes and performing at Brazilian and other cultural events throughout Chicago.

As a non-profit every dollar goes right back into our operating costs and every little bit helps. In addition to paying for rehearsal and storage space, instrument upkeep, costumes, and performance costs, we are committed to providing financial assistance for Chicagoland high school students who want to play music with us. 30% of our students are on full scholarships due to need, and we strive to make Samba available to all. Over the years, we have worked in collaboration with organizations such as the Music Institute of Chicago, Youth Organizations Umbrella, and the Levy Center. 

These outreach activities have been central to the mission of EEDS since we were founded in 2003 but we can only continue to do this with your support.

So please, take a moment to visit our donation page and help us commit to many more years of building bridges across ethnic, generational, and social groups through Samba.

Muito Obrigado!

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UPDATED: October and November at EEDS

Hey Sambistas!

It’s been a great September here at EEDS and we’ve got more awesome music on the way.

A week ago we joined Bateria Quilombola as they performed at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival at the Quilombo Cultural Center. We had a great time with them, special guest Dudu Fuentes, Dill Costa, Luciano Antonio, Heitor Garcia, John Beard, and Capoeira Angola. Thanks to everyone who organized and participated and especially to all the lovely people who came out to hear the music!

After taking this coming week off we have seven more weeks of class this fall! Check out our schedule below:

UPDATE: We have had to move our class start time back 1/2 hour for the foreseeable future. We will begin at 7:30 and go until about 9:15. The schedule below has been updated to reflect this.

30 Sep – NO CLASS

7 Oct –  7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

14 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

21 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

24 Oct – Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Gathering
     Parade at 6pm, Columbus between Balbo and Monroe

28 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

4 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

11 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

18 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

25 Nov – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

December – No regular classes
2 Dec – Holiday Party – 7:30-TBD
We will meet at the regular time for a short rehearsal and then retire for drinks, snacks and good times!

That’s it for 2015, we will jump back into it ASAP in the new year and then it is full steam ahead until EEDS Carnaval 2016 (Date TBA)!

Workshop (9/18) and Performance (9/19) with Bateria Quilombola and Special Guest Dudu Fuentes

We are getting very excited for samba this weekend!
EEDS has been working with Bateria Quilombola​ to prepare for two great nights of Brazilian music.
Tonight (9/18) there is a workshop with guest artist Dudu Fuentes at the Quilombo cultural center. The workshop runs from 7-9pm, $25.
Then tomorrow (9/19) we have an awesome night of all things Brazilian music lined up at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival! The festival starts at 830pm and runs until 12am, $10 suggested donation.

We’ve all been practicing hard and hope you can come join us for these two awesome events!

Beginner’s Classes at EEDS

We have made some changes to our beginner’s classes this fall:

At this time we are postponing the beginning of regular sessions for the beginners class.
If you are interested in beginners classes please send us an email. Reed will be talking with those who have expressed interest to come up with a time and location that will work best.

The beginners class is designed for those who want to get started playing samba but are looking for a slower paced environment than the rehearsals at our normal Wednesday classes. Also welcome are those who already have been playing samba and are looking to get experience with new instruments before trying them out with the larger group.