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.


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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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!

Recap of the 2015 Brazilian International Press Awards

This past weekend board members Lindsay Fullerton and Matthew Rarey attended the Brazilian International Press Awards on behalf of Evanston Escola de Samba, which was named “Best Cultural Institution.” The awards were held on May 9th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The night began when Matt was interviewed live on the Brazilian television network Globo! During the event, we took pictures and live tweeted, and you can see what we wrote on Twitter and Instagram for more detailed coverage.EEDSInterviewCarlos Borges, the founder of Focus Brazil and organizer of the awards, introduced the ceremony. Throughout the night there were appearances by a range of TV personalities and even the Brazilian Consul in Miami. There were over 20 categories or awards including best male and female singers, best event, best theater production, best visual artist, beat athlete and many more.CarlosBorgesThe awards were announced in groups, in between which were performances by musical artists who also won awards. Each of these artists performed songs in tribute to acclaimed Axé singer Daniela Mercury, who sat in the front row throughout the ceremony.DanielaMercuryMatt accepted EEDS’ award for  “Best Cultural Institution,” (in Portuguese) and stressed the importance of arts education. The two special awards of the night, and the last to be announced, were for Lifetime Achievement awards for actor Tony Ramos and Daniela Mercury.WinnersThese two lifetime achievement awards were at the end, and were highly anticipated. Daniela Mercury even performed a small concert after accepting her award, which was a nice surprise. Finally, all of the winners went up on stage and joined Daniela Mercury in singing the Brazilian National Anthem. We are so happy that representatives from EEDS were able to accept this honor in person. Thank you to the Brazilian International Press for recognizing us with this honor!Winner

EEDS is going to Miami!


Big News – 2 EEDS board members will be going to Miami this weekend to accept EEDS’ 2015 International Brazilian Press Award for “Best Cultural Organization” in the US. The Ceremony is going to be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. This is a big accomplishment for our organization, so thank you all for being a part of it! Pictures and updates to follow the event! Come to class this Wednesday at the SRBCC, 4048 W. Armitage – (Drop in class is $12) to give us a sendoff!

EEDS Wins Brazilian International Press Award for best cultural institution

Logo-Topo-Carlos-Borges-Press-AwardsIn February, we learned we were one of five finalists for the 2015 Brazilian International Press Awards in the category of Cultural Institution, which was selected by popular vote. After the finalists were picked, judges then selected the winners in each category. We have just been informed that we have been selected as the winner of best Cultural Institution by the Brazilian Press, from a pool of nominees all across the US! We are truly honored! We are excited that EEDS is being recognized for its efforts, and we hope to continue promoting Brazilian culture and music in years to come. The award will be presented on May 9 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Help us celebrate our win at our big Carnaval event on Saturday, March 28th at SRBCC!

EEDS February Class and Carnaval Updates

We just wanted to post a few updates about what has been going on at EEDS in the past month. First, we are happy to report that we have been voted as semifinalists for the category of Cultural Institution in the Brazilian Press Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
0225152031cAnother big update is that we have been holding classes in the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago), and we are loving to roomy new space. Our percussion classes are all drop in – so feel free to join us any Wednesday 7-8:30 PM.
classMost importantly, EEDS is getting ready for a Carnaval celebration on Saturday, March 28, and you are all invited. There will music, capoeira, food, drinks, dancing, and more!. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook! We will have two classes with noted percussionist Jorge Alabê the week before Carnaval, March 25th and 27th. Stay tuned for more details!

EEDS’ New Residency for 2015

Greetings and Happy New Year to All!

We want to start the year off with some good news: Evanston Escola De Samba is excited to announce that we will begin our residency at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) in February. SRBCC is cultural arts organization located in Chicago’s Hermosa Neighborhood (at 4046 W Armitage), dedicated to preserving and promoting appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico. You may remember that EEDS hosted a successful Carnaval event at SRBCC last March. We plan on hosting another Carnaval event this year – so stay tuned for more details on Carnaval 2015.

We are excited to continue our partnership with SRBCC and enhance the mission of EEDS by offering more classes, hosting cultural events, and expanding our programming. We aim to achieve a greater impact in the community by promoting cultural arts, music and dance opportunities for all. Stay tuned for our February class schedule and more exciting things to come!

Support EEDS in 2015!


Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

As you know, the Evanston Escola de Samba (EEDS) is a volunteer run 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.  For over 10 years, EEDS has provided classes, workshops and performances to the Chicagoland community, working with schools, nonprofit organizations, and communities to promote the love of Brazilian music and culture and bringing people of various backgrounds together.  This past year EEDS had some great highlights, including:

  • Hosting our first ever Carnaval Event in March funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Winning the Chief Judge’s Award for Special Merit in the Evanston 4th of July Parade
  • Workshops with Philip Galinsky of Samba! New York, and San Francisco percussionist Jimmy Biala
  • Running many school performances and classes with over 1,000 participants, including Dawes Elementary in Evanston, the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, and Shared Streets in Evanston

EEDS also built a new partnership with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC). Together, EEDS and SRBCC hope to promote not only Brazilian music and culture, but to advance the mission of community organizations working to provide quality music and dance educational opportunities for all.

As we plan for 2015 we need your support more than ever! EEDS relies on support from individuals like you who value arts education, and opportunities to provide culturally rich programming to those who are unable to afford classes. With your support, we will continue to be able to provide scholarships, discounted class fees, and workshops. This will ensure that all members of the community that wish to participate in our programs are able to do so. In 2015, we also hope to move into our own class, practice and performance space, which will allow us to better serve the community. Building from our strengths in 2014, we hope to have great success next year and need your support to make it happen.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to EEDS to help us further our mission through outreach, performance and engaging the Chicagoland community through Brazilian music and dance.

You can also send a check, payable to Evanston Escola de Samba, at the address below.

Evanston Escola de Samba
P.O. Box 5108
Evanston, IL 60204

Thank you very much for your continued support and we hope to see you in 2015!