hello world! here are some exciting announcements!!  MORE DETAILS FORTHCOMING

rehearsals and upcoming gigs:

  • 6/4 Bloco Maximo rehearsal 7-8:30 pm @ 2649 n. kildare.
  • 6/6 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • 6/9 EEDS, BM, Oloboom and more perform at Taste of Yates (1839 n. richmond) arrive at 6 pm.  play for 60 minutes.  may be 7-8 pm or earlier.
  • 6/11 BM rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • 6/13 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • 6/18 BM rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • 6/20 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • 6/21 Make Music Chicago on LT Lawn 6-7:30 (https://www.facebook.com/events/373481543140311/)
  • 6/23 606 parade w/ EEDS and Oloboom 3-5 pm.  meet at 1805 n. albany.  dancers will be joining us.
  • 6/24 Pride Parade with Moacyr.  Under the name Folia Brasil, Chicago Samba will be participating at the Pride Parade.  We are looking for drummers/percussionists and dancers for the event.  This will be a parade carnaval style presentation. (https://www.facebook.com/events/415179145614842/)
  • 6/27 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm @ 2649 n. kildare
  • tuesday 7/3 rehearsal 7-9 pm LANE TECH LAWN in preparation for 4th of july parade
  • WEDNESDAY 7/4 meet in Evanston 12:30 pm for parade.  unit #55 sector 8.  Hastings Ave, along bent park.  
  • thursday 7/5 ALL rehearsal 7-10 pm at SRBCC 4048 w. armitage with special guest. $20
  • friday 7/6 pagode maximo gig TBA 7 pm
  • tuesday 7/10 class with Dudu Fuentes 7-9 pm most likely outside on LT lawn
  • wednesday 7/11 class with Dudu Fuentes 7-9 pm most likely outside on LT lawn
  • thursday 7/12 class with Dudu Fuentes 7-9 pm @ 1757 n. kimball
  • friday 7/13 class with Dudu Fuentes 7-9 pm and noemi’s going away party 8:30 pm – 12 am at HER HOUSE.
  • saturday 7/14 TBA parade with Dudu for Folk and Roots Festival
  • sunday 7/15 class with Dudu at Old Town School of Folk Music
  • wednesday 7/18 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm at 2649 n. kildare
  • sunday 7/22 evanston ethnic arts festival 5 pm.  30 minute parade.
  • wednesday 7/25 EEDS rehearsal 7-9 pm at 2649 n. kildare
  • saturday 7/28 SAMBA BLAST OFF TBA
  • sunday 9/9 Evanston Streets Alive 1:30 – 2 pm Performance 

all normal EEDS classes are $10.  special guest rehearsals will be specified closer to event and exact locations will be specified closer to event.  the date and time frames will not change.  most rehearsals will take place at kildare studios, LT lawn, Quilombo, and maybe my church.  ALL details are tentative and subject to change.  time frames are suggestions.  happy practicing! call or text me if you have a question.  i am on summer break friday 6/22 at 6:00 am.


2018: change is coming!

hello! here is an updated glance at classes and events!  all classes 7-8:30 pm (2649 n. kildare) unless noted.  hit me up if you have a question. reed – 608.434.3173

march classes: 7th, 21st, 28th, SAT 31st @ quilombo 1-3

april classes: 4th, SAT 7th rehearsal 1-3 and gig @ quilombo 8pm, 11th, 18th, 25th,

may classes: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.

june classes: 6th, 13th, thursday 21st?, 27th

july classes: 3rd, parade on the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, SHOW ON THE 28th

special events: april 7th 20th anniversary show at quilombo, june 21st make music, july 4th parade, july 28th show.

4th of july!

please get ready for 4th of july parade in evanston!

only 2 more wednesday bateria rehearsals left (the 21st and 28th) @ SRBCC 7:30-9pm.  4048 w. armitage.  most likely will be performing all numbered breaks (1-6) thumb break and baiana.  bateria members will need an EEDS shirt, white pants/shorts, pleasant attitude, and appropriate swing feel.

working on scheduling another rehearsal with the dancers.  TBA.

trying to finalize our theme with “evanston’s heroes are america’s heroes: our first responders.” the bateria is going with a fireman theme.  a few surprises are in store.  will need to assemble on central street in evanston at our assigned location at 12:30 pm.  parade is at 2 pm.  we are working on a 5 pm post-hang gig and celebration.


Carnaval 2017

Announcing EEDS Carnaval 2017!

May 5th, 7-10pm, Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave.)

We will also be having 2 workshops (May 3rd & 4th) with Mestre Jorge Alabê
$25 each, Cash only at door, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage Ave.)
RSVP here: Workshop 1 (May 3rd), Workshop 2 (May 4th)

Tickets for May 5th: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (Cash Only)
$10 for children 7-12 — Children 6 and under are free!

Buy your tickets here!

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!