Evanston Escola de Samba Champions Only Celebration

EvSambaGroupEvanston Escola de Samba won the Evanston 4th of July parade, so now it’s time to really celebrate. Join us for the Brazilian samba event of the summer on Saturday 7/28! You better be there, this is EEDS’ last major event until October. Invite your friends! Get ready for Carnaval in July!

When: Saturday 7/28 from 8 PM – 11:45 PM
Where: The Irish American Heritage Center’s Erin Room (4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630).

The night will include samba dance lessons with Dill Costa, samba dancers, bateria (Brazilian percussion) performance, pagode and more!
$10 cash only at the door
Cash bar!

Performers: There will be two practices leading up to the event, you must attend at least one to perform at the event:
Wednesday 7/25 at Lane Tech Lawn (2501 W Addison St) 7-10 PM 
Friday 7/27 at Lane Tech Lawn (2501 W Addison St) 7-? PM


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.

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

Fall 2015 at EEDS

We have a lot of exciting things going on with EEDS this fall after a fantastic spring and summer! We’ve been working hard, playing hard and making some great music, and our September schedule is shaping up with new classes, performances and collaborations.
To paraphrase Reed, does this look like a great fall schedule… or the GREATEST fall schedule?!?!?!

Fall Percussion Classes—We are excited to announce our next session of percussion classes. The 12-week session will begin Wednesday Sep. 2, 7-830pm at SRBCC.

Fall BEGINNER Percussion Classes— UPDATE: We have changed the details for our beginner’s class. Please see the announcement here.

Evanston Streets Alive!—After a great time last year at this festival that promotes culture, community and sustainable living, we are going back to play more sweet samba beats! So come out and enjoy the beginning of Fall with a great festival and some great music.

Workshop with Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes—Join Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes at their headquarters for an exciting Brazilian music workshop! All levels welcome. Friday Sep. 18, 7-9pm, $25.
Dudu Fuentes is the founder and driving force of the new “blocos” style of Rio de Janeiro: Monobloco, Bangalafumenga, and most recently Batucalacatuca. 

Willy Street Parade with the Handphibians—We will be playing in the Willy Street Parade in beautiful Madison, WI with the Handphibians. The parade starts at 1030 so if you are in Madison come out and get some northern Samba exposure!

So that’s just the beginning of our fall schedule and there will be much more to come! So keep checking back for updates!

Help make the 2015 EEDS samba parade a reality!


Alô Comunidade! As you all know, Evanston Escola de Samba’s annual 4th of July samba parade is on the horizon (less than 2 months to go)! YOU can help us put on our best parade ever by contributing to our 2015 Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to your generosity in 2014 we were able to put on a great parade, our biggest yet, with over 100 performers. This year, we are also celebrating our recent win of “Best Cultural Institution” at the 2015 Brazilian International Press Awards.

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We have until June 15 to raise the $2,300 needed for our float materials, parade costumes, and student scholarships to participate in the parade. We’ll even say “thank you!” with some great EEDS swag. Please share our Kickstarter fundraising link with your friends and thanks for the support!

Percussion Workshop with Harlem Samba director Dana Monteiro April 8th

EEDS is very happy to be hosting a samba percussion workshop with Harlem Samba director Dana Monteiro. Mr. Monteiro has fourteen years teaching experience in the New York Public School system and is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Boston University.

The workshop will be open to all and instruments will be provided. Come join us! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/831692953589775/

When: 7-9 PM Wednesday, April 8th
Where: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage)
How much: $15 cash or check

Check out some more of the Harlem Samba repertoire here:

Carnaval Percussion Workshops with Mestre Jorge Alabê

As a special treat this Carnaval season we have a very special guest – master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabê! Not only will he be making an appearance at our main Carnaval event on Saturday March 28th – he will be holding two percussion workshops with EEDS the week before Carnaval: Wednesday the 25th and Friday the 27th! This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best Brazilian percussionists in the US. You don’t have to be an EEDS member or student to attend class, and you don’t need to attend both classes. Instruments will be provided, and all levels are welcome, though the lesson will be geared to those with at least some experience.


EEDS Jorge Alabê Carnaval Workshops:

Wednesday March 25th and
Friday, March 27th
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. 4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL
Both classes 7-9 pm
$20 for each class ($40 for both) – cash or check accepted

More Jorge Alabê Workshops!
Be sure to check out Jorge Alabê’s workshops earlier in the week:  “Drums of The Orixa” (dance, song and drumming workshop)

When: Mon, March 23, 6:30pm – Tue, March 24, 8:00pm
Where: Dance Center of Colombia College 1306 South Michigan Avenue. (map)
Description Platform for the exposure and exploration of authentic Candomblé w/with mestre drummer Jorge Alabe do Xango.
Advance tickets: $40 for both days Or $25 per day. Please note: Participants must bring their own conga and drum sticks to class. To register please call 312-545-5034.

EEDS Dance Workshop at Northwestern

This week, EEDS Dance Instructor Ariel Barbick and friends of EEDS, Edilson Lima and Cristina Grieco gave a samba dance workshop for Northwestern’s Ballroom Latin and Swing Team. As you can see, a great time was had by all, and Ariel, Edilson and Cristina really shared the Carnaval spirit. What a great way to get in the spirit for our 2015 Carnaval event on Saturday March 28!

Almost Time for EEDS Carnaval 2015

Evanston Escola de Samba presents CARNAVAL 2015, on Saturday March 28th. This event brings together the finest Brazilian groups from Chicago and beyond for a night of high-energy Brazilian percussion, dancing, and excitement! Food and drinks will also be for sale from Taste of Brasil Cafe. This is an ALL AGES event.

When: 6 PM to Midnight, Saturday, March 28th

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for kids 7-12, 6 and under free.
Cash only at the door, or credit card/Paypal online here: https://sites.google.com/site/eedssummer/carnavaltickets

Where: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center 4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL
  • Brazilian Master Percussionist Jorge Alabê
  • Carnaval Dancers and Lessons
  • Bloco Maximo
  • The International Capoeira Angola Foundation
  • The Evanston Escola de Samba Bateria
  • The Contemporary Music Project
  • Bateria Quilombola
  • Oloboom
  • Pagode
  • ….And even more to be announced!pagode